– County Judge Ed Emmett

“Resilience and protection from flooding must be our top priority. We came through Harvey together. We can protect our community only if we work together.”

“Resilience and protection from flooding must be our top priority. We came through Harvey together. We can protect our community only if we work together.”

– County Judge Ed Emmett

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Why Fight Flooding?

83 lives and $125 billion in economic losses—that is how much Hurricane Harvey impacted the Houston Region. It is not the first time. We were hit with 500-year storms in 2016 and 2017. We were hit by Allison and Ike. We will get hit again. The 500-year storm is the new 100-year storm.

We must fight back. Congress allocated $141 billion in funding to help the country recover from major disasters—from Puerto Rico to California. We have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight flooding, improve our communities, and transform our region into a better place for all residents.

Why Do We Need “Prop A” Funding?

Most of the funds allocated by Congress require a local match and are competitive. With $2.5 billion in bond funds, Harris County’s goal is to leverage federal funds to create resiliency projects, including buyouts and detention. Federal funds are first come first serve. So, bonds help get federal funds here while they last, helping local flood victims and local taxpayers.

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Why Harris County?

Harris County is the only local entity able to address regional flood issues. The Harris County Flood Control District is nationally recognized for its home buyout program and innovative flood control projects. The Flood Control District, Judge Emmett, and the County Commissioners are putting together a plan based on the best available data and research and from community input being collected from meetings in each of Harris County’s 23 watersheds. Harris County can get federal funds and start projects that we need to fight flooding in 2018—if the bond passes.

What will “Prop A” Cost Taxpayers and what do they get?

Taxpayers will see an average increase of $5 per year in their property taxes and these funds will be dedicated to capital flood control and resiliency projects. Harris County would sell the $2.5 billion in Prop A bonds over 10-15 years, so the overall tax increase will increase slowly over time and will ultimately be no more than 2-3 cents per $100 of home valuation. Senior citizens will pay no additional taxes on the first $200,000 of their home valuation. The Commissioners Court has pledged to spend funds through a process that involves and reflects community input.

Why Do We Need “Prop A” Funding?

Most of the funds allocated by Congress require a local match and are competitive. With $2.5 billion in bond funds, Harris County’s goal is to leverage federal funds to create resiliency projects, including buyouts and detention. Federal funds are first come first serve. So, bonds help get federal funds here while they last, helping local flood victims and local taxpayers.

Why Harris County?

Harris County is the only local entity able to address regional flood issues. The Harris County Flood Control District is nationally recognized for its home buyout program and innovative flood control projects. The Flood Control District, Judge Emmett, and the County Commissioners are putting together a plan based on the best available data and research and from community input being collected from meetings in each of Harris County’s 23 watersheds. Harris County can get federal funds and start projects that we need to fight flooding in 2018—if the bond passes.

What will “Prop A” Cost Taxpayers and what do they get?

Taxpayers will see no more than a 1.4 % increase in their property taxes and these funds will be dedicated to capital flood control and resiliency projects. Harris County would sell the $2.5 billion in Prop A bonds over 10-15 years, so the overall tax increase will increase slowly over time and will ultimately be no more than 2-3 cents per $100 of home valuation. The Commissioners Court has pledged to spend funds through a process that involves and reflects community input.

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Heavy rain at Brickhouse Gully @ Costa Rica near Scarborough HS. Street flooding possible.

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