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Ft. Bend Voters set to Decide on Mobility Bonds

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

There are new homes and plenty of them in Fort Bend County.

Freshly constructed housing for the 22,000 additional residents that have poured into the area each and every year since 2000.

"The population of the County has almost doubled since I took office in 2003," said Bob Hebert, Fort Bend County Judge.

 

Bob Herbert says that kind of growth comes with a burden - building enough roads and bridges so folks get where they need to go in efficient fashion.

"Failure to maintain infrastructure leads to a decline in the quality of life," said Hebert.

Translation: traffic snarls which eat time and waste money.

That's why Hebert's s asking voters to authorize $184 million dollars worth of mobility bonds - money enough to fund more than 60 projects across the County, many with matching revenue from the state.

"They tell us by 2025 there will be more than a 1 million residents in Fort Bend County. With that rate of growth we just have to stay on top of our mobility needs," said Hebert.

Approval of the road and bridge bonds will not require a hike in the tax rate. That fact alone has pacified most potential critics, but not all.

"Do we really need to spend $184 million on 59 miles of road?," asked Brenna Wright, Fort Bend County resident and opponent of the mobility bonds.

Wright believes County leaders are asking taxpayers to borrow expensive dollars - when there's still $40 million unspent from the last round of road bonds back in 2007.

More prudent, she contends , to "pay as you go".

"Pay as you go is cheaper in the long run because you are not paying 40 percent of the total amount in interest. You are not paying for hidden fees," said Wright.

 

 

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