Fort Bend County Commissioners Court officially calls for $83M bond election dedicated to flood-control projects

Several streets in Fort Bend County, including the Sugar Land and Missouri City areas, experienced high water during this year's May 7 rain event.

Several streets in Fort Bend County, including the Sugar Land and Missouri City areas, experienced high water during this year's May 7 rain event.

Fort Bend County residents will be asked on the Nov. 5 Election Day ballot to vote for or against an $82.9 million bond package for countywide flood projects.

Fort Bend County Commissioners Court unanimously approved during an Aug. 13 regular meeting a bond package that was originally set to designate funds to facilities projects, but switched gears to flood control in early August.

"I don't want to rain on this parade, and I pride myself on being a team player," Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage said. "In this process, we were talking about facilities, and then we pivoted at the last minute to drainage and flood-control projects, and I, quite frankly, don't feel I had the appropriate time to develop the projects. I'm supporting this, but I'm not happy with it."

The bond is not expected to raise the Drainage District tax rate, said Taral Patel, Judge KP George's chief of staff.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers thanked Chief Drainage Engineer Mark Vogler, the drainage district, the county attorney's office and the Precinct 3 staff for getting the package together.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant served on the bond-planning committee.

Below is a list of projects:

By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.


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