New water fund top amendment on Texas ballot

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Associated Press

Posted on November 3, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 3 at 10:05 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Legislature has left Texas voters to decide this week whether to tap the state's rainy day fund to deal with projected water shortages.

Proposition 6 would allocate $2 billion from the state's savings account to create the State Water Infrastructure. It is among nine constitutional amendments on the ballot for Tuesday's election.

The water measure has attracted the most media attention and campaign funds of the proposals. Support has come from business and environmental groups alike. Experts insist Texas needs to capture more fresh water to meet demand, at least 2.9 trillion gallons by 2060.

Some conservatives, though, oppose using the state's savings account to finance large-scale construction projects. Others are concerned the money could be misused.

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