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Receive, consider and act upon a recommendation from the Ad Hoc Transportation Committee regarding Proposition 1;
At the July 23, 2014 meeting, the Board tabled action on a recommendation from the Ad Hoc Transportation Committee to adopt a resolution in support of Proposition 1 until the next Board meeting. The original executive summary and the proposed resolution are attached.
Proposition 1 is a statewide election item on the November 4, 2014 ballot that proposes a constitutional amendment allowing for dedication of certain money to the state highway fund for construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads. The amendment would authorize annual disbursements from the state’s oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund. An estimated $1.4 billion would be transferred in to the State Highway Fund in year one. The amendment would provide a significant step toward meeting the unmet funding needs for transportation projects in Texas.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Board of Directors and its policy council approved a Resolution to support passage of Proposition 1 and asked any entities that passed similar resolutions to forward them for inclusion in their regional show of support. Based on this discussion at H-GAC, the Township’s Ad Hoc Transportation Committee considered a similar resolution and recommended that the Board adopt a resolution (attached). Cities across the state have also passed passed similar resolutions of support.
During the Township Board’s discussion of adopting a resolution in support of Proposition 1, the primary concern focused on whether or not the Board should support this or other future propositions.
The Township Board has not passed resolutions in support of statewide election items in the past; however, the Township has passed resolutions in support of other election-related matters including, but not limited to, a 1998 resolution in support of a CISD Bond Referendum and a 2000 resolution in support of a North Harris Montgomery Community College District Bond Issue. In addition, the Township has often supported legislation, including passing resolutions in 2011 related to state financing of public transportation and related to increased funding for the Texas Recreation & Parks Account Local Park Grand Program and the Texas State Park System.
There are no other statewide propositions on the ballot this November. While the Township has a policy to ensure the Township holds its own elections in a fair and impartial manner, the Township does not currently have a policy regarding support or opposition of statewide propositions.
The matter of whether to approve a resolution for this or other propositions may be decided on a case-by-case basis, or may be a policy matter for the Board to determine.
Board to determine action.
July 23, 2014 Executive Summary regarding Proposition 1
Proposition 1 Resolution
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