Consider abolishing drainage districts
June 16, 2017 at 4:21 p.m.
Updated June 15, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
Thanks to the efforts of Mayor Paul Polasek, attention is now being paid to the unfair manner in which Drainage District No. 3 has treated the city when it comes to maintaining our drainage ways. The eastern part of our city is in this district, and the district collects over $600,000 in taxes. Eighty-three percent of the voters in that district reside in the city.
The mayor last reported some progress is being made in correcting the negligence of this district, but what happens when we don't have the mayor scrutinizing the actions of District No. 3? Since the district is virtually invisible to the residents in that district, and due to their long neglect of the city's portion of their district, I propose that we abolish Drainage Districts. Turn their responsibility over to the precinct commissioner. Our county commission are far more accessible, and our Commissioners Court is far more transparent than the directors of the drainage districts. And the commissioners already have most of the equipment needed to maintain our drainage systems.
It will take some action by our Legislature and possibly a countywide vote to accomplish this, but 18 months from now, we need to begin the process. Meanwhile, let's hope that Mayor Polasek sticks around to force Drainage District No. 3 to do their part in maintaining the city's part in their district and in funding any new projects needed on the eastern side of our city.
John Crews, Victoria