Q&A: See what republican candidates for State Rep. District 15 said about property tax reform, flood mitigation, mobility

See what republican candidates for State Rep. District 15 said about property tax reform, flood mitigation and mobility.

See what republican candidates for State Rep. District 15 said about property tax reform, flood mitigation and mobility.

Steve Toth and Jackie Waters have filed to run on the Republican ticket for state representative district 15 in the March primary election. The position was formerly held by State Rep. Mark Keough-R, The Woodlands, who did not seek re-election this year.

The winner will face Democratic candidate Lorena Perez McGill in the November election.

Steve Toth
Years in district: 21
Occupation: owner of My Pool Xpert
Top priorities: property tax relief, education reform, and water costs and flood mitigation

What is your stance on property tax reform for District 15?
I will support Gov. [Greg] Abbott’s 4 percent cap and work towards the elimination of appraisal districts.

What are your plans for flood mitigation in District 15?
The San Jacinto River Authority’s original charter mandates flood mitigation. They don’t have any plans or modeling in place to mitigate flooding. We’re going to demand that a plan is put in place.

What plans do you have to address mobility concerns in District 15?
Work with the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to make sure they play a more active role in the Houston-Galveston Area Council in order to bring more state and federal funds in to Montgomery County. Montgomery County has an excessively high road bond debt for a county of our size because we have not demanded our share of tax dollars from [the] Texas Department of Transportation.

Jackie Waters

Years in district: 47
Occupation: retired teacher, small-business owner
Top priorities: creating opportunities for Texas families, school funding, protecting constitutional rights

What is your stance on property tax reform for District 15?
Tax reform that respects the dignity of homeownership; passing real property tax reform that prevents people from being taxed out of their homes.

What are your plans for flood mitigation in District 15?
[Requiring] more accountability for those who manage our water resources [and] bringing accountability and increased scrutiny to water service providers like the SJRA that have vastly increased water rates and, most recently, contributed to the flooding of people’s homes during the Hurricane Harvey rains.

What plans do you have to address mobility concerns in District 15?
Building the future of Texas: investing in infrastructure—roads, bridges, highways and waterways—to keep pace with our growth, encourage further job development, and ensure our families have safe and efficient ways to get to work, school or enjoy their lives.

By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.


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