In 1917, the voters of Texas, recognizing the necessity of developing and conserving the State’s water resources and inspired by devastating floods of 1913 and 1914, passed a Constitutional amendment allowing the Legislature to create special purpose political subdivisions of the State to serve regional areas, generally coincidental with river basins and to be generally known as river authorities.
SARA, created in 1937, is one of many such active river authorities in the State of Texas. Its jurisdiction covers 3,658 square miles—all of Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and Goliad Counties.
A 12-member Board of Directors governs SARA. Six directors are elected from Bexar County and two are elected from each of the three other counties with each elected member serving six years. Policies established by the Board are executed by the management organization under the direction of a General Manager appointed by the Board. SARA has the statutory authority to impose an ad valorem tax for use in planning, operations and maintenance activities only. Its tax is statutorily limited to two cents per $100 of assessed property valuation. The current ad valorem tax rate is set at $0.01858 per $100 assessed property valuation. The adopted FY 2018-2019 budget is $222.4 million.
Inspiring Actions for Healthy Creeks and Rivers.
Committed to Safe, Clean, Enjoyable Creeks and Rivers.
SARA’s Core Values
- We care for our creeks and rivers as a valued natural and community resource.
- We exercise care in managing the public funds and resources entrusted to us.
- We care for our employees.
- We are honest, ethical and reliable.
- We are accountable to and value the trust and confidence of the citizens and communities we serve and each other.
- We are committed to innovative, collaborative, adaptive and strategic actions that result in watershed solutions.
- We provide responsive service, leverage our experience and strive to advance our knowledge, skills and capabilities.
- Advance Science and Engineering Expertise and Data
- Enable Policy, Projects, and Actions
- Enhance Community Appreciation and Recreation
- Maximize Strategic Use of Resources
- Inspire Employees and Build Expertise