Voters in Harris county, which includes Houston, easily passed a $ 2.5 billion bond measure late Saturday to overhaul the region's flood-protection system, a year after Hurricane Harvey battered Texas.
With 98% of precincts reporting, the measure drew support from nearly 86% of voters, according to Harris County's Clerk's Office.
Harvey County officials in Harris County described the measure as critically in the months leading up to the special election important to the future of this flood-prone area. The measure-which is backed by property taxes-is the largest bond proposal ever offered in the history of the county.
Harris County officials, who held community meetings all summer to drum up support.
Harris County Judge
called Saturday's vote in his lifetime, and said the area's ability to better shield itself from future flooding hinged on its passage. "Now the hard work begins. It's a victory by Harris County, but this is going on for a long time, "said
spokesman for Judge Emmett.
Harvey caused 36 flood-related deaths in Harris County and flooded more than 1
The Harris County Flood Control District said
With the bond measure in hand, the flood control district's annual budget could rise to more than $ 500 million from $ 120 million, according to
director of operations for HCFCD.
According to the estimates, the total property tax would not increase by more than 1.4% for most homeowners in Harris County.
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