The $80 million bond proposition the county judge and commissioners called for November election is the worst scenario for municipalities of Galveston County that anyone can imagine.
The county will take $24 million off the top to build county facilities and a few small drainage projects. Next they will take $21 million to match funds for some unidentified TXDOT projects, contribute to help build a Pelican Island bridge, to renovate the medical examiner’s facilities, to renovate the Calder Road Annex and other projects that have little benefit to the majority of Galveston County cities.
That leaves $35 million to be doled out to all the cities based somewhat on the basis of the percentage of each city’s tax payment to the county. This will require that the city of Friendswood pay $8.8 million in principle plus interest for 30 years, about $11 million, or a total of $19.8 million to get $3.5 million dollars. The same ratio applies for most entities.
We all need to defeat this bond proposal and send a message to those who are supposed to represent us that we expect a more reasonable distribution of the tax dollars that we send to the county.
Former Mayor of Friendswood