“Ranchers know firsthand that because of drought, water has been a scarce resource,” saidTexas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association(TSCRA) President Pete Bonds. “Proposition 6 is a necessary step in providing a mechanism to help finance our state’s water needs, so we can all can continue to have safe and reliable sources of water.

“TSCRA has worked hard to ensure that rural areas that support ranching families remain a priority when it comes to water, and Proposition 6 helps accomplish this.”

Bonds said passage of Proposition 6 is especially important to rural areas because it offers them a way to seek low-interest loans for needed water projects that they might otherwise not be able to afford.

“Rural Texas communities support agriculture. They provide hospitals, schools and services to those of us who live outside the city limits. We are concerned because there are rural areas all over this state that are in danger of drying up,” he said. “We are confident that Proposition 6 will help these areas to be able to continue to provide a safe and reliable water source for decades to come.”

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TSCRA strongly supported Proposition 6 because it helps secure a long-term water supply for communities and businesses for the next 50 years, according to the organization; does so without raising taxes or fees; and sets aside $2 billion in the Rainy Day Fund for priority water project loans, including 10 percent for rural water projects and 20 percent for conservation projects including agricultural water conservation.  end mark

—From Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association news release