RICHMOND (Covering Katy News/Covering Fort Bend News) - The Fort Bend County Commissioners Court has decided to put flood prevention ahead of building new facilities in its next bond referendum, which is expected to be on the ballot in November. When the county asks residents to approve about $75 million in bonds, the money will be for flood prevention.
"Good news, the Commissioners Court bond workshop today came to a consensus, and I couldn't be more pleased about it," said Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers.
If approved by voters, the $75 million spent by Fort Bend County will generate about $233 million in federal matching grants according to Meyers. The project that the county is considering will repair damage from some of the most recent flooding disasters dating back to 2015, as well as some ongoing projects under repair and maintenance by the Fort Bend County Drainage District.
"There will not be a long list of facility projects for the November 2019 bond election,” Meyers said. "Unfortunately, there won't be a list of mobility projects either," he added.
Meyers held public meetings to determine the priorities of the public, and he says it was clear that people wanted flood mitigation at the top of the list.