Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Proposition 2 poses no cost to state taxpayers?

Proposition 2 on the Nov. 8, 2011 ballot relates to funding water projects. This AP photo was taken near San Angelo, Texas.
Proposition 2 on the Nov. 8, 2011 ballot relates to funding water projects. This AP photo was taken near San Angelo, Texas.

An email blast advocating for a proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 8, 2011, Texas ballot says Proposition 2 will help "build critical local water supply projects that create jobs and protect us from drought and wildfire."

The email from Texans 4 Prop 2, funded by the H2O4TEXAS committee, goes on: "This does not cost state taxpayers any money. Yes, that’s right, Prop 2 advances critical, job-creating local water projects at no cost to state taxpayers."

Residents of communities benefiting from the requested $6 billion boost in bonding authority would pay such debt costs.

We looked into whether state taxpayers would be scot-free.

Answer: So long as future Legislatures don't exploit their standing--and occasionally used--authority to pay some of the bond debt from state revenue, meaning money raised from state taxpayers. We rated the claim Half True.