Unless of course you vote the way the developers want you to vote, in which case it’s all good.
In an interview prior to Monday’s meeting, Joshua Sanders, the acting executive director of Houstonians for Responsible Growth, said the group would resist [capping Metro’s General Mobility Payments].
“We’re ready to run a campaign against the cap and go to the Legislature if we have to,” Sanders said.
Sanders said Houston needs the general mobility payments not just for road work but to help finance Rebuild Houston, an initiative to improve local infrastructure.
Loss of mobility funds might require a property tax increase, Sanders said.
If voters approve a referendum that caps general mobility payments, Houstonians for Responsible Growth will lobby state lawmakers to get the city of Houston’s money back, Sander said. The organization also might ask for a greater share of the 1-cent sales revenues, he said.
So vote to give the developers what they want, or they’ll go to the Lege and work to overturn the election. Because they respect the will of the people, naturally. I’d like to say I’m shocked by this, but I’m not nearly that naive. This has become pretty much standard operating procedure of late, as we saw with the various (thankfully unsuccessful) attempts to legislatively overturn the Renew Houston referendum last year. The odds are pretty decent that any such effort next year to nullify what the voters decide would fail as well, but it really shouldn’t come to that. Make your case before the election and take it like a grownup if you lose. Sheesh.