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Vote Yes On Renew Houston—Though If They Fix Flooding Like They Run A Campaign….

Renew Houston is Proposition 1 in Houston on the November ballot.

This initiative will levy a fee of property owners to address wastewater runoff issues in Houston and help curb flooding.

The issue is being pushed by engineers who will profit from the program.

Yet at the same time, flooding is a big deal in Houston. Many people in all parts of the city  would benefit from this concern being addressed.

I support Proposition 1 because I believe it will create jobs and manage flooding.

This is an issue you should spend some time pondering for yourself. It involves a lot of money over many years to possibly fix a big problem. It is an issue with both strong pros and cons. I personally feel the good outweighs the bad on this question. However, this is the type of concern that defies easy ideological characterization.

Here is the Renew Houston web home.

The Houston Chronicle supports Proposition 1.

My fellow blogger Charles Kuffner backs Issue 1.

Here is a Houston Chronicle article detailing the views of those who oppose the issue.

While I am for Proposition One, special note must be made of how poorly this campaign has been conducted by Renew Houston boosters.

Renew Houston has picked a needless and avoidable fight with the Houston Independent School Board.

Renew Houston has also engaged in an unnecessarily angry dispute with some black members of the Houston City Council.

If Renew Houston “fixes” flooding with the same skills they have shown in running a campaign, you see below what our streets in Houston would look like.

If they fix flooding like they run a campaign, we will all be underwater.

(Downtown Houston after Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.)

October 21, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. […] an official PAC when they switched from getting on the ballot to advocacy mode. They’ve had some other issues with their campaign, but they got this […]

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  2. I am NOT for Prop 1 and here’s why-
    Open ended tax; No limit on revenue and it starts at $400 million/per year according to Costello and friends. That’s an over 45% increase in ‘take’ from taxpayers as the entire ‘take’ on ad valorem taxes last years was $852 million.
    Regressive; Folks living in $1 million+ townhomes and highrises could pay L:ESS than folks in older ranch-style homes worth less than $100K.
    You pay again and again; Since all commercial property, churches, and schools pay, you pay again as they ‘pass thru’ taxes to consumers.
    Who is ReNew Houston?; They are almost entirely comprised of engineers and companies that stand to PROFIT DIRECTLY from the implememtation of this tax. They have spent $1 million+ so far to get this passed.
    Too many questions; No set limit on how much we pay, no list of ANY projects to be completed, no organization as to how money will be managed and spent, no guarantee in ballot language that program will be pay-as-you-go or dedicated funds as promised in the advertizing. Taxpayers deserve a BETTER DEAL- Vote NO on Prop 1!

    Comment by FairTaxInHouston | October 28, 2010


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