Election 2013 http://kut.org en Williamson County Voters OK Transportation, Parks Spending http://kut.org/post/williamson-county-voters-ok-transportation-parks-spending <p>Last week, <em>Forbes</em> magazine ranked Williamson County <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/joelkotkin/2013/09/26/americas-fastest-growing-counties-the-burbs-are-back/">America’s fastest-growing county</a>. Although Williamson County’s 7.94 percent growth rate has had positive impacts on its economy, the boom has put a strain on existing infrastructure.</p><p>Yesterday, Williamson County voters responded by approving two bond packages aimed at helping county infrastructure keep up with growth. The two propositions:</p><ul><li>Prop 1, adding $275 million to the county’s budget for road improvements and construction, passed with 64 percent of the vote.</li><li>Prop 2, earmarking $40 million to upgrade the county’s park system, passed with nearly 55 percent.</li></ul><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 14:32:21 +0000 Phoebe Flanigan 9107 at http://kut.org How Prop 6 Passed, and What’s Up Next for Water Projects in Texas http://kut.org/post/how-prop-6-passed-and-what-s-next-water-projects-texas <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Texans passed a&nbsp;constitutional&nbsp;amendment Tuesday to jump-start financing for water projects in the state:&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/11/04/everything-you-need-to-know-about-proposition-6-texas-water-fund/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">Proposition 6</a>, which would take $2 billion in surplus state money from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to start a water infrastructure loan program. The measure had widespread support from both sides of the aisle as well as business and environmental groups. With over half of precincts reporting, the measure is passing with&nbsp;<a href="https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/nov05_167_state.htm" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">75 percent of the vote</a>&nbsp;and has been called by the&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Associated Press</em>.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">“I&nbsp;couldn’t be more proud of the members of the legislature who worked in a collaborative way on a very positive agenda for planning for our future water needs,” Speaker of the House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, said at a rally celebrating the amendment’s passage Tuesday evening. “But the people of Texas today validated our good work with an overwhelming vote of support.”&nbsp;Some Libertarian and smaller environmental groups were&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/10/31/meet-the-unlikely-allies-behind-the-push-for-prop-6-texas-water-fund/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">vocally against the measure</a>.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 03:54:47 +0000 Terrence Henry 9104 at http://kut.org How Prop 6 Passed, and What’s Up Next for Water Projects in Texas