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Why a Bond Election?
Congress has allocated more than $141 billion to help Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and 20 other states address emergency response and resiliency expenses from storms in 2017. In order to be eligible to receive these dollars, local governments are required to provide matching funds.
At a March 27th Harris County Commissioner’s Court meeting, County Judge Emmett and County Commissioners considered calling an election for voter approval on bond funding that would provide the required local match for much-needed flood control projects. Houston Stronger estimates that Harris County is likely to need approval for a bond of at least $2.5 billion to receive federal funds to support buyouts, channel improvements, and other resiliency projects to bring 100-year storm protection to the other 21 major watersheds in Harris County. Harris County Budget Officer Bill Jackson estimates that to pay for $2.5 billion in bonds, a tax increase of 5 cents per $100 value is required.
Judge Ed Emmett
Russ Poppe & Marvin Odum
If Harris County voters approve this bond, a homeowner with a $100,000 house would pay $50 dollars for flood control each year. A homeowner would pay $100 each year for a $200,000 house and $150 dollars for a $300,000 home and so on. If we act quickly, for every dollar Harris County provides, the federal government can provide between two and ten dollars in funding.John Moody
Sims Bayou was the only major channel that did not overtop its banks during Hurricane Harvey because of recent improvements. This $390 million investment enabled Sims to handle a 100-year storm event, and the Harris County Flood Control District concluded that the enhancements paid for themselves in Harvey aloneKaren Becerra