Texas Voters Will Decide: Whether to Approve Two New Funds for Water Projects
Fifth in a Weekly Series on the Issues at Stake in the November 5 Constitutional Amendment Election
Austin, TX - If Texas voters approve, Proposition 6 on the November 5th ballot would establish two funds to finance local water projects prioritized by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). The funds created would receive an initial transfer of $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to provide low-interest loans for water projects in the state water plan and provide a revolving cash flow as loans are repaid.
According to Senator Tommy Williams, the legislative author, the Texas of tomorrow needs "an additional 7.5 million acre-feet of water per year by 2050. Local officials have prioritized projects to meet this demand, but the high price tag can delay or prevent important investments. Proposition 6 will provide funding without raising taxes to keep the water flowing for growing cities, industry and farmers."
Others believe the two new funds that would be established are unnecessary as there is already available funding for water development projects administered by TWDB. Taking money from the Rainy Day Fund could reduce the state's excellent credit rating and affect the state's ability to respond to a natural disaster or other emergency situations.
"Only Texans who vote will have a voice in whether Proposition 6 and the 8 other ballot propositions become part of the Texas Constitution," says Linda Krefting, Chair of the League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund. "Those not already registered to vote have until October 7 to register to vote in this election."
The nonpartisan LWV-Texas Education Fund Voters Guide for the Constitutional Amendment Election with the ballot language, an explanation, and balanced arguments for and against each proposition plus helpful information on the new photo ID requirement and other aspects of voting are available in English and Spanish at www.lwvtexas.org and www.VOTE411.org. Print copies will be available through many libraries and distribution by local Leagues. A Constitutional Amendment page on www.lwvtexas.org provides additional information on the constitutional amendment process and proposals considered by the 2013 Texas Legislature.
Voters can check to their registration by calling the county voter registrar or online at https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/voterws/viw/faces/SearchSelectionVoter.jsp. Eligible voters needing to register can complete and mail the application form at http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqvr.shtml.
Early voting is from October 21 to November 1. Voters can vote at any county location during early voting. Election Day is November 5 with polls open from 7 am to 7 pm.
Attachment: LWV-TEF Texas Voters Will Decide Series 2013
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Texas Education Fund (LWV-TEF) encourages informed and active participation in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues. LWV-TEF never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties. LWV-TEF provides objective information in Voters Guides and VOTE411.org that voters need to understand voting requirements and cast an informed ballot.