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Relating to the creation of the Gulf Coast Protection District; providing authority to issue bonds; providing authority to impose fees; providing authority to impose a tax; granting the power of eminent domain.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1160 would create the Gulf Coast Protection District composed of the territory in Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, and Orange Counties. The district would have the power to manage and build coastal barriers or storm surge gates, defer granted authority to counties, build and maintain public recreational facilities and undertake a project recommended in the ecosystem restoration report or the protection and restoration study.
The bill would also require a public vote for an ad valorem tax or to issue bonds payable from ad valorem taxes.
The board of the district would be able to enter into cooperative agreements with relevant parts of government, enter into contracts and acquire and dispose of property.
This district would have the power to exercise eminent domain unless it does not receive two-thirds vote from the members of both houses of the Texas Legislature.
Texas Action opposes SB 1160 as this bill would expand government by creating another special district with the power to tax and could potentially make private property rights less secure by potentially giving this district the power of eminent domain.