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Proposition Six Could Impact the Future Water Supply

Voters across the state will be heading to the polls next month.
Voters across the state will be heading to the polls next month.

At least a small percentage of them will, if it's like most constitutional amendment elections.

But some Texoma leaders says this one could have a big impact on Texas and Texoma for generations to come.

Proposition six takes two billion dollars from the state's rainy day fund and essentially sets up a bank, with the goal of loaning money to communities for water projects at a lower interest rate than they can find now.

Many cities across Texas are facing a crisis involving every city's lifeblood, water.

There is far too little of it, and far too little money to develop new supplies, the proposed fund would actually be worth much more than it seems.

“it's two billion coupled with from the rainy day fund coupled with 6 billion in bonding that the state has so it's really 8 billion dollars and it's revolving so you're loaning it out but you're also gonna get paid back over time,” says 69th District Representative James Frank.

But as much as that sounds Wichita Falls Public Works Director Russell Schreiber says the money won't be had just for the asking.

“Number one their project has to be in the state water plan and approved in the region they are in. Number two they have to apply and get on a list, submit a project get on the list then the water development board will rank those projects then they will fund the top ten or 12 of them,” says Wichita Falls Public Works Director Russell Schreiber.

Schreiber says it's that paperwork and red tape that's discouraged Wichita falls from going through the Water Development Board for help before.

“The city of Wichita Falls in the most recent projects that we bonded we've chosen not to go with the Water Development Board simply because that small amount of savings that we think we can anticipate we would likely spend that money on extra consultants extra studies, extra things that the water development board would require,” says Schreiber.

But Schreiber says the city will certainly look at the program if it's approved, but he shares a concern with Representative Frank, that good legislation doesn't always add up to good implementation.

Both men believe the proposition would be a step in the right direction for the state's water problem even if Wichita Falls doesn't tap into it.

The election is on November 5th.

There are 8 other propositions that will be voted on.

We have added a voters guide that breaks down the for and against arguments just click here.
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