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Early Voting in Harris County’s $2.5 Billion Flood Bond Election Ends Tomorrow

The Greater Houston Partnership estimates that completing all the projects needed to secure the county’s watersheds would cost $30 billion.

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Tomorrow marks the last day of early voting in Harris County's flood control bond referendum. Election Day is this Saturday. The county government is seeking to raise $2.5 billion to beef up flood infrastructure.

Last fall, the Greater Houston Partnership set up a task force to determine what the region needed to do to protect itself against another Harvey.


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"And that group identified $54 billion worth of projects that were needed for flood resiliency within the Greater Houston region," says Taylor Landin, the partnership's senior vice president of public policy. "Nearly $30 billion of that would be the amount needed for projects that would improve the resiliency of the watersheds within Harris County. And so when the county floated the idea of $2.5 billion in a bond package, we viewed it as a step in the right direction toward that."

If the bond passes, homeowners will see their property tax bills go up by roughly 3 cents per $100 of assessed value.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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