Text to Appear on the Ballot:
The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the availability of adequate water resources.
Texas is currently experiencing its worst drought in history. Proposition 6/S.J.R.1 is about creating and conserving the water resources in preparation for and in response to drought conditions in order that sufficient water will be available at a reasonable cost to ensure public health, safety, and welfare. According to a 2012 plan by the Texas Water Development Board, “8.3 million acre-feet of extra water supply will be needed by 2060.” The plan suggests 562 water management strategies and predicts that, if it were applied, would provide 9 million acre-feet of additional water supply. The cost of the recommended water management strategies and projects is $53 billion. Municipal water providers are expected to need almost $27 billion in state financial assistance to be able to apply the recommended strategies in the plan. Proposition 6 appropriates $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to establish a special fund to finance water projects in the state.
State Senators Tommy Williams and Jim Pitts, and State House Representative Allan Ritter
Vote on the Legislation:
Senate: 31 Yeas, 0 Nays
House: 130 Yeas, 16 Nays