The Chron recommends a Yes vote on another Constitutional amendment.
If there were ever a summer to remind us of Texas’ water problems, this was it. During months of drought and earth-cracking heat, our reservoirs dipped, cities restricted water usage and elderly water mains burst, gushing precious water uselessly down storm drains.
All that could be only a small taste of thirsty years to come. According to a recent draft of Texas’ state water plan, without improvements to our current system, by 2060, more than 80 percent of Texas’ population will lack water during a drought. To deal with a population that’s expected to double by then, Texas’ water infrastructure will need $231 billion in upgrades.
Proposition 2 offers a way to help finance at least some of those water, sewer, flood-control and conservation projects.
The bottom line? With Prop 2, Texans could spend more money on infrastructure and less on interest. No state tax dollars would be needed. And the local savings would show up in lower water bills.
The measure is endorsed by unusual allies, ranging from The Environmental Defense Fund to The Texas Association of Business and the Texas Oil and Gas Association.
We endorse it too. Vote for Proposition 2. Texas needs water.
They gave their full list of endorsements so far, saying they “may be making more endorsements between now and Election Day”. Other than the HCC Trustee race in District IX, they got to all of the contested elections before today, so kudos to them for that. I hope that’s a trend that continues in future elections.