Taxing Authority

To fund the District's Dam Safety Program, voters approved a tax of 2 cents per $100 property valuation. The tax appeared as Proposition 2 on the May 4, 2002 ballot:

"The adoption of an operation and maintenance tax within the Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District of Williamson and Milam Counties at the maximum rate of two cents per $100 valuation ($.02) with the proceeds thereof to be used and applied for operation and maintenance purposes, for providing works of improvement for flood prevention, including planning, constructing, acquiring, maintaining, repairing, and operating the works and projects in the district."

Taxing authority was granted to the original Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, as outlined in House Bill No. 53 1, Chapter 341, 55th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature in 1957:

"Sec. 7. No loan shall be consummated by the District from the Federal Government and no bonds shall hereafter be issued unless authorized at an election at which only qualified voters who reside in the District, and who own taxable property therein and who have duly rendered same for taxation, shall be qualified to vote unless a majority of the votes cast favor the proposition.

Sec. 8. The District shall have and exercise and is hereby vested with all of the rights, powers, privileges and duties conferred and imposed by the General Laws of this State now in force or hereafter enacted applicable to water control and improvement districts created under the authority of Section 59, Article 16, Constitution of Texas ..."

The taxing authority granted to the original WCID was subsequently retained by each new district after the original district was divided in the November, 2001, general election.