On November 4, 2014 Texans approved Proposition 1, amending the state constitution to authorize a portion of severance taxes levied on oil and gas extraction, ordinarily deposited in the State’s Economic Stabilization (“Rainy Day” or ESF) Fund, to be directed toward unmet needs on the state highway system.
In December the Legislative Budget Board approved the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) request to appropriate and distribute the $1.74 billion deposited into the State Highway Fund. The apportionment of funds to the Houston District and Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is shown below:
This table excludes Prop 1 funding allocated to the Beaumont District which may be used to implement projects in Chambers and Liberty counties.
As restricted by the Texas Constitution and Statues, Prop 1 funds may only be used to construct, maintain, and acquire rights-of-way on state highways other than toll roads.
The Texas Department of Transportation, working with legislative committees and a Proposition 1 Stakeholder Committee, has identified the following priorities for Prop 1 funding:
H-GAC has worked closely with the TxDOT Houston and Beaumont Districts to identify projects consistent with the Regional Transportation Plan and statewide priorities. The draft of list project priorities for our region is provided below:
Projects being considered for Proposition 1 funding in other parts of the state can be viewed on TxDOT’s website.
H-GAC is seeking public review and comment on the draft list of project priorities and held two open-house public meetings where members of the public may seek additional information regarding Proposition 1 and the draft list of project priorities:
February 3, 201511:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.TxDOT Houston District Offices7600 Washington StreetHouston, TX 77007
February 3, 20155:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, Rm B3825 Highway 36 SouthRosenberg, TX 7747
The public comment period began on Friday, January 23, 2015, will end on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments to H GAC. All written comments may be submitted to Transportation Public Information, Houston-Galveston Area Council, P.O. Box 22777, Houston, TX 77227-2777, emailed to email@example.com, or faxed to 713-993-4508.