The Galveston County Commissioners Court has packaged a countywide bond for your vote on Nov 7. The total amount of the county bond is $80 million with $56 million designated for transportation, $18 million for county facilities updating and repair and $6 million for drainage projects. You can review all information about the bond at Early voting starts Oct. 23.

The bond is an identifiable motivator for economic development in our county. Development anywhere in Galveston County is good for all of us. This bond is a huge stimulus to help us now in storm recovery. We can use these expenditures to match federal government reimbursement monies. They can be used to participate with our state. This bond makes us partners with government, not dependents of government.

Of the dedicated transportation dollars, $35 million is a direct request made by our elected leaders, our city councils and commissions. Each city was given the opportunity to designate qualifying projects and that city would be allocated a fair share of bond money for that project.

Bayou Vista, Tiki Island, Hitchcock, Jamaica Beach and La Marque named repairs for various roads in their jurisdictions. Friendswood requested the completion of the connection of state Highway 96 all the way to FM 528. Galveston will get money for the concrete construction of 23rd Street from Broadway to Seawall Boulevard and for Avenue S from 53rd to Seawall Boulevard.

Dickinson needs all of California Street improved. League City needs its Dickinson Avenue reconstructed, and improvements for state Highway 96 at Walker, SH 96 at state Highway 3, and the right turn lane for SH 96 at Interstate 45. Santa Fe named four projects.

Texas City wants to complete Century Boulevard to the freeway and 14th Street North reconstructed. Kemah will get Bel Road extended and an evacuation route. Its Kipp Avenue extension will allow public water access for residents and tourists. Clear Lake Shores is asking for an improved road to a future fire station site that can be accessed by both Clear Lake Shores and Kemah. Each road improvement will also improve drainage.

Another $4 million would be spent on various roads in the county.

These new roads will facilitate travel for our school buses, postal vehicles, police/fire/EMS vehicles, city utility service trucks, power providers, delivery services and for our residents and tourists. Congested roads will flow better. Structures on improved streets will increase in value.

And this bond has $6 million for drainage improvements. The bond will produce a new regional water detention facility in the Dickinson Bayou Watershed. And after Harvey, we know how necessary those improvements are.

I respectfully request your vote for the bond so these tax dollars can benefit all of us. Please see the noted website for the polling locations. You can vote at any polling location. Early voting starts Oct. 23. Election Day is Nov. 7. Please go vote and please vote for the county bond.

Janis Lowe lives in Friendswood.


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