Harris County

Commissioners Court Approves $2.5 Billion Flood Bond Proposal For Ballot

If approved by voters on August 25th, the bond issue would finance major flood protection projects

The Harris County Commissioners Court has voted to place a $2.5 billion bond proposal on the August 25 ballot, asking voters to finance a 10- to 15-year program of flood mitigation projects.

The Harris County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to place a $2.5 billion bond proposal on the August 25th ballot, asking voters to finance a 10- to 15-year program of flood mitigation projects that include drainage improvements, upgraded warning systems, infrastructure repairs, home buyouts, and construction of more detention basins.

According to a news release from the office of County Judge Ed Emmett, he said that the goal of the bond issue is to speed up a host of projects that ultimately will provide greater protection for county residents and their property.

“After a series of catastrophic floods in recent years, Harris County residents rightly expect major improvements in the way we protect our homes and residents from disaster,” Emmett said.

The news release detailed that the county’s Budget Management Department has estimated that, if passed, the bond issue would result in an overall tax rate increase of 2-3 cents per $100 assessed valuation – meaning that most homeowners would see an increase of no more than 1.4 percent in their property tax after all bonds were sold.

Homeowners with an over-65 or disabled exemption and a home assessed at $200,000 or less would pay no additional taxes.

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