Vote YES for Prop 6
Insure Texas has enough water
in the future
Proposition 6 on the November ballot is crucial to ensuring a long-term water supply in Texas. Two years after the worst single-year statewide drought on record, 88 percent of Texans still live in drought conditions. Some have run out of water completely. With 1,000 people moving to Texas every day, it is critical that the state create a source of funding for water infrastructure projects to secure job creation, increase economic growth and protect farmers, ranchers and other businesses.
Proposition 6 would fund the implementation of the state water plan by appropriating $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund toward a State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). SWIFT would support approved, locally-controlled water infrastructure projects with money that could be loaned to municipalities, repaid and re-loaned on amenable terms. These funds would become a long-term replenishing source for both local and large-scale projects like conservation, desalination and development of new groundwater supplies.
Hear from RCC President & CEO Bill Sproull about why Prop 6 and water in Texas is important.
If Texans do not vote to implement the state water plan, future cycles of prolonged drought could cost Texas businesses and workers $116 billion in income and 1.1 million jobs by 2060. In 2011, when Texas experienced the worst single-year drought on record, the absence of water for irrigation and other uses cost farmers and ranchers $7.62 billion in lost livestock and crops. In a state which produces roughly 15 percent of beef cattle and 25 percent of the nation's cotton, the availability of resources for clean water is crucial to businesses and the economy. Implementing state water projects will prevent these enormous losses and promote economic growth and development. The Texas Water Development Board projects the state's population to double in the next 50 years. Water supplies from existing sources are expected to decrease by 10 percent.The Richardson Chamber of Commerce urges you to vote IN FAVOR of Proposition 6 when you go to the polls, early voting beginning Oct. 21 and continuing through Nov. 5. The passage of this proposition will benefit local businesses, the economy and citizens.
The Water Texas PAC is a strong coalition of legislators working to promote passage of Prop 6. More information about Prop 6 can be found on their website at www.watertexas.com
Texas voters must act now to secure our water supply by voting "YES" on Prop 6 starting Monday and through Nov. 5.