Katy Area EDC supports Proposition 8, MetroNext and Fort Bend Drainage Bond
28 Oct 2019
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING TEXAS PROPOSITION 8 TO ESTABLISH A PERMANENT STATE FLOOD INFRATRUCTURE FUND
WHEREAS, the State of Texas is calling for funds to expand Texas Water Development Board programs to leverage federal and local drainage infrastructure projects; and
WHEREAS, both Houses of the 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 7 and House Joint Resolution 4 without opposition; and
WHEREAS, Senate Bill 7 and House Joint Resolution 4, along with Senate Bill 500, will provide $793 million for a Flood Infrastructure Fund and approximately $1.2 billion for other recovery and flood control programs; and
WHEREAS, House Joint Resolution 4 will appear as Proposition 8 on the November 5, 2019 ballot and ask voters to consider, “The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects;” and
WHEREAS, the Texas Water Development Board will administer funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE KATY AREA ECONOMIC DEVLEOPMENT COUNCIL SUPPORTS TEXAS PROPOSITION 8 CALLING FOR THE CREATION OF THE FLOOD INFRASTRUCTURE FUND.
Adopted by the Katy Area Economic Development Council this 24th day of October, 2019.
RESOLUTION SUPPORTING HOUSTON METRO’S 2019 METRONEXT BOND PROPOSITION
WHEREAS, the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority (“METRO”) has proposed a $3.5 billion bond proposition to support a $7 billion regional plan (“METRONext Plan”) that will provide various investments in regional transit, including a bus rapid transit and other improvements in a “West Houston Corridor” which includes the Katy area; and
WHEREAS, the West Houston Corridor provides a potential elevated high-capacity transit route that will allow more people to move more quickly around some of Greater West Houston’s largest employment centers, including the Katy area; and
WHEREAS, METRO has worked diligently to listen to and address public concerns;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE KATY AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL SUPPORTS THE METRONEXT PLAN AND PROPOSITION ON THE NOVEMBER 5, 2019 HARRIS COUNTY BALLOT.
Adopted by the Katy Area Economic Development Council, October 24, 2019.
RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT OF THE NOVEMBER 5, 2019 BOND ELECTION IN FORT BEND COUNTY
WHEREAS, the Katy Area Economic Development Council is a public-private partnership established in 2003 to promote economic development, support infrastructure for economic development and to improve the quality of life for residents for the Katy area, which includes Fort Bend County; and
WHEREAS, the Katy area is one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas and in the United States and will exceed 550,000 in population by the year 2035; and
WHEREAS, Fort Bend County has experienced seven of the top 10 daily rainfall events recorded in the last seven years; and
WHEREAS, Fort Bend County Commissioners’ Court has determined that a critical need exists to repair and improve the county drainage system and enhance flood mitigation related to past, current and future rain events and funding such projects from the county’s general fund will not allow sufficient investment to be achieved in the near term; and
WHEREAS, Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved the proposed flood repair, control and mitigation project list on August 13, 2019 and called for an election to take place on November 5, 2019 for the purpose of submitting a proposition for the issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $82,900,000; and
WHEREAS, voter authorization of $82,900,000 in general obligation bonds will produce $268,900,000 in Fort Bend flood related repairs and mitigation accessing over $186,000,000 of combined federal and state dollars set aside for such efforts; and
WHEREAS, the proposition can be implemented without an increase in the county tax rate;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED this the 9th day of October 2019, that the Katy area Economic Development Council Board of Governors supports the passage of the Fort Bend County flood related bond proposition on November 5, 2019.
Adopted on October 24th, 2019.