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Proposition 6 Review

Proposition 6 Review Concho Valley voters are casting ballots today for state constitutional amendments. One item on the ballot -- proposition 6 -- would create a fund for a state water plan to help communities -- including the Concho Valley.
A hot item on this year's constitutional amendment election is Proposition 6-- a state water implementation plan that will remove $2 billion from the state's rainy day fund to begin a state water infrastructure bank to pay for water and conservation projects throughout Texas.

"Through this process, Texas can turn the $2 billion in seed money into $30 billion worth of water projects across our state," Governor Rick Perry said.

City Mayor Dwain Morrison agrees with Gov. Perry -- calling the amendment necessary.

"Well I am certainly for it. I think it is a wonderful thing," Morrison said. "That rainy day fun is a savings account and it was set up to help us when we needed the funds and I don't know of any bigger challenge that our state faces today than water."

Some people question the plan when Texas already has $6 billion of bonding authority for water projects that was approved by voters in 2011.

"I'd like to see results before I give them more money," San Angelo Tea Party member Anna Bartosh said. "What are they doing with the $6 billion?"

State representative Drew Darby has been campaigning Proposition 6-- saying the seed money will help fund the $53 billion worth of water infrastructure needs in the state.

"We're going to allow for a funding mechanism that the state can help borrow money and loan it to regions -- or groups within regions, such as the city of San Angelo, such as groundwater conservation districts and others," Darby said. "We're going to allow capital to be invested in that region for  projects and it will be repaid with interest back to our state infrastructure bank."

Darby hopes Proposition 6 will also encourage conservation.
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