2018 Bond Program
The Bond Order language calling the August 25, 2018, Harris County Flood Control District Bond Election includes a provision that requires Harris County Commissioners Court to develop a process for the “equitable expenditure of funds.” This Bond Order was voted on and unanimously approved by Commissioners Court on June 12, 2018.
In response to this order, the Flood Control District is working on written guidelines to present at a future Commissioners Court meeting for consideration. There are several key facts to keep in mind as this document is being developed:
- This effort will not remove or replace any project already listed on the Bond Project List
- This effort will not result in the moving of money from one project on the list to another
- This effort will not impact any bond projects already started
- The process will focus on documenting the logic to be employed for the prioritization of projects on the bond list that have not yet been started
The following table represents bond projects that are currently underway as of March 7, 2019.
Questions and Answers
Q: Is Harris County going to cancel my projects?
A: No. Every project on the 2018 HCFCD Bond Program list will be completed.
Q: Is my project being bumped behind another project?
A. No. There is no set order for projects that have not yet begun. We are developing a process to order projects by "worst first."
Q: Is income level going to determine if my project gets done?
A: No. The draft prioritization guidelines have eight criteria that could determine the implementation schedule for HCFCD Bond Projects that have not yet been started. On an earlier draft, one of the criteria included consideration of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Low Moderate Income (LMI) data. Based on stakeholder input and expert feedback, HCFCD has revised that criterion to remove that consideration. Instead, the criterion will consider only the last time a project was done in that area. HCFCD, based on stakeholder input, finds that lack of service more accurately identifies hardest-hit areas within that criterion.
Q: How can I provide feedback to Harris County on this process?
A: HCFCD has held two in-depth meetings with stakeholders, to fine tune the draft Equity Guidelines. HCFCD will convene an additional meeting for stakeholder discussion of the draft guidelines. If you would like to participate, or to send written comments, please email Gabe Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.