Several groups, both liberal and conservative, today began their campaign against Proposition Six, the measure on the ballot next month to take $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to use for water supply projects, 1200 WOAI news reports.
The groups blasted the proposal as a 'water grab' by special interests, which will be used to enrich cronies of plugged-in state government officials.
"There is not sufficient assurance in this proposition to protect rural Texas water from being heisted and used to feed urban developers' pet projects," Terri Hall, an anti toll road campaigner and head of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, told 1200 WOAI news.
The groups said the proposal does not adequately address the need for water conservation, and will continue unsustainable water waste in places like the Dallas Ft. Worth suburbs, which Alyssa Burgin of the Texas Drought Project, a liberal group, say waste water.
"This is about water grabs, water grabs that will go from rural Texas to big cities, where the population continues to increase."
Hall said 'special interests' want to 'funnel questionable economic development projects through local water boards' and get sweetheart deals in return.
"Despite Texas having the second highest local debt in the nation, lawmakers are still asking voters to issue more local debt, and using our state emergency funds to do it," Hall said.
The Hays Constitutional Republicans from San Marcos said the proposal, which would use the $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to make loans to local water boards, is 'a crony capitalists dream.'
"There is now way too much power in the hands of the reorganized Texas Water Development Board, where three political appointees now effectively control the 50 year future of the private land development in Texas," spokesman Sam Brannon said.
The Green Party also came out against the propositions, agreeing that they will further unsustainable water use and will steal water from rural Texas to help developers in growing cities.
They also say the measure amounts to 'exploiting' the Rainy Day Fund, which was set up to be used for true emergencies.
The issue will be on the Constitutional Amendment ballot November 5th. Governor Perry and leaders of both political parties are actively campaigning for approval.