Road Bonds a Bad Deal

RECEIVED Mon., April 23, 2007

Dear Editor,
    On May 12, Hays County residents will have an opportunity to defeat a very bad road-bond package designed to make lots of money for the road engineers, the megadevelopers, and the lawyers who represent them at the expense of the people and land of Hays County.
    The Texas Department of Transportation – along with its minions on the Hays County Commissioners Court, Will Conley of San Marcos, and Jeff Barton of Buda – is trying to force some highly questionable and very expensive road projects down the throats of the citizens. They want to expand several state highways to near-interstate proportions, and they want people to pay for these state highways with property taxes. We borrow the money, we build the roads, but we have no say in their locations, designs, or funding options. This is a bad deal for the people but apparently a great deal for the road interests who contribute heavily to Barton and Conley to do their bidding. These road interests are the same ones who brought us Round Rock's overblown roads and development. Is this really the vision people have for Hays County?
    Hays County is still largely rural and has great open spaces and clean water and quiet nights for all of us to enjoy; let's not pave it over and lose it forever. We need road improvements, yes, but not supersized "highways to nowhere.”
    The smart vote is "no" on the road bonds. Not everywhere has to look like Round Rock, does it?
Susan Cook
Driftwood
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