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 Vote Against Propositions 1 & 3
By: Jared Woodfill
Chairman, Harris County Republican Party

Chairman Jared Woodfill
Several voters have asked where the Harris County Republican Party stands on two City of Houston Propositions.  For your review, I've attached our positions on these Propositions, as well as the accompanying resolutions passed by the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee.

The HCRP opposes passage of  the City of Houston's Proposition 1 Amendment, aka "Renew Houston" and recommends a vote Against Proposition 1.

Whereas, Houston City Council has just raised residential water rates by 40% over the next three years, with lesser increases for commercial and industrial businesses, and
Whereas, this increase in the City of Houston water rates is based on a study that raises the Water Fund O&M expense by 12% or $44 Million from July 1st, 2009 to June 30th, 2010 in just one year of an economic recession, and

Whereas, this increase has not been explained by any City of Houston official either in Bruce Hotze's and Paul Bettencourt's taxpayer intervention in Travis County District Court, or at any public City of Houston Council meeting even when questioned, and
Whereas, the ballot language approved by Houston City Council does not contain a proposed rate fee, nor the amount of new "Rain Taxes" to be imposed, and an 03 effort to tax area churches and schools was defeated by Norman Adam's No Rain Tax PAC, and

Whereas, the amount to be charged ranges from $300 to over $400 million dollars, and just the minimum $125 Million dollar fee is calculated by Don Sumners to be at least a 1.33 cent per square foot charge on nearly all 9 Billion square feet of land in the COH, and

Whereas, the estimated amounts would be akin to raising property taxes on taxpayers, commercial and residential property owners alike, by as much 40% or more as Houston City Council has not released any information to the public on the actual cost of this yearly fee or tax, and it is to be levied for successive 20 years periods unless canceled by a supermajority vote of Houston City Council.

Therefore be it Resolved, that the Harris County Republican Party oppose passage of Proposition 1 Charter Amendment, aka "Renew Houston", on November 2nd, 2010.

Be it further resolved, that this resolution be sent to all Elected Officials and Republican Precinct Chairmen in the City of Houston, plus a press release to Houston's news media.

ADOPTED by the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party of Harris County, Texas, on September 13, 2010. 

The HCRP opposes red light cameras in the City of Houston and recommends a vote Against Proposition 3.

Whereas, red light cameras have deprived citizens of their constitutionally protected due process rights, and actually increased accidents and thus reduced safety at intersections.

Be it resolved, that the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee supports banning red light cameras in the City of Houston, as well as across the great State of Texas.

Be it further resolved, that this resolution be forwarded to Houston City Council, all Harris County State Legislators, the Speaker of the Texas House, the Lt. Governor, and Governor, and major media outlets as determined by the HCRP staff.

ADOPTED by the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party of Harris County, Texas, on May 3, 2010.

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