The Houston Association of Realtors has announced its endorsement of all of the referenda on the November ballot.
The Houston Association of REALTORS® (HAR) board of directors has approved motions supporting the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) General Mobility referendum and bond packages proposed by the City of Houston, Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Houston Community College (HCC). Houston voters will decide on all four proposals on the November 6, 2012 ballot.
“As Houston REALTORS®, we know that good schools, transportation, public safety and quality of life are fundamental to a healthy real estate market,” said Wayne Stroman, HAR chairman and CEO of Stroman Realty. “These ballot initiatives are essential to keep Houston growing, prosperous and vibrant for generations to come,” Stroman said.
The METRO General Mobility referendum will ask voters to allow METRO to continue to allocate 25 percent of METRO’s 1-cent sales tax revenue to pay for the construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure including streets and roadways, bridges, traffic signals, and drainage improvements.
The City of Houston’s bond package consists of five propositions to increase funding for public safety, enhanced green spaces in our parks and along our bayous, library improvements, sanitation/recycling, and the demolition of dangerous and abandoned buildings.
HISD’s bond proposal includes plans to replace twenty high schools, partially replace four and renovate four others. The bond package would also replace five elementary schools with K-8 schools and fund the building of three new elementary campuses. HCC’s bond package proposes upgrades to all of the system’s campuses, including facility upgrades, new technology and increased capacity for new students.
Jared Woodfill is apparently robocalling against the HISD bonds, but beyond that I’m not aware of any organized opposition to any of them. Have you seen or heard of any campaign against the bonds? Leave a comment and let us know.
Oh, and because I need to put this somewhere:
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