Texas Water
10:22 am
Tue November 5, 2013

League Of Women Voters Joins Support For Prop. 6 Water Fund

The League of Women Voters in Texas is urging a "yes" vote on Prop. 6, the constitutional amendment that will take $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to create a sort of bank account to fund water projects.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan group that works to get people to become active in their government and to get out the vote. It does not support one candidate or party over others, but does take positions on issues.

"We have studied water in Texas since 1970 and the Texas water plans are updated every five years," said Phyllis Ingram, president of the San Antonio chapter. "What makes this different is that this one has a mechanism for funding it actually establishes. So money will be used for direct loans for bonds. And the Rainy Day Fund right now is in pretty good shape, so using $2 billion from that will be helpful."

Although the Rainy Day Fund has been a sore spot in Texas leadership over the past few years, Ingram said her group supports funding for water supply that uses sound ecological strategies that enhance conservation.

The group said 20 percent of the money would be used for conservation and reuse, and 10 percent would go toward agricultural needs, both goals that are supported by the League of Women Voters.