Hays County Commissioners Court Approves Resolution Supporting Constitutional Amendment for Transportation Funding
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – On June 24 the Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a resolution in favor of a November 2014 constitutional amendment that would dedicate 50 percent of the growth in oil and gas severance tax to the state highway fund. The money would be redirected from the Rainy Day Fund, with the Legislature able to adjust the amount taken from it if necessary to protect that fund’s integrity.
The Court noted that this would not incur a tax increase yet would fund much-needed transportation improvements throughout Texas.
“Our roadway transportation system is in dire need of funds to maintain current roads and relieve congestion,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, who brought the resolution to the Court. “Our roads have not kept up with growth, at least not in Central Texas, and this Constitutional Amendment will help solve the problem.”
The Constitutional Amendment, which will be on the November 4, 2014 ballot, was approved by the 83rd Legislature and would provide some $1.4 billion per year to the Texas Department of Transportation specifically for non-toll public road improvements.
Ingalsbe noted that the amendment would not entirely solve the state’s transportation funding shortfall by providing an estimated $1.4 billion per year. It is estimated that between $6.1 and $9.5 billion per year will be needed to achieve some or all of the identified repairs and improvements.
The Texas Conference of Urban Counties will gather and present resolutions from cities and counties to the chairs of the House and Senate Transportation Committees.