Harris County commissioners will meet July 19 for their only session this month to discuss a possible bond issue in November, receive updates from the flood control district and possibly approve funds for a maternal care program.

The agenda for the Court of Commissioners is published at 9 a.m. on the Friday preceding each meeting. Meetings take place at 10 a.m. and are available live here.

Discussion on bonds, continued

County Administrator David Berry and Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey called for a follow-up discussion on a potential $1 billion bond issue for the November election.

Berry’s office created a preliminary breakdown of bonds, which was presented to the commissioners on June 28; the plan proposes to allocate $700 million to roads and public transit, $200 million to parks and $100 million to public safety.

At the final court meeting, Ramsey said he was fine with the idea of ​​a bond, but worried that the deadline for passing the bond – which would leave 88 days before the November election – does not allow enough time to communicate with voters.

Flood Control District Updates

The Harris County Flood Control District is asking commissioners for approval to submit a $950,000 grant application from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to expand its pilot study of urban flood risk. The district previously received $950,000 for the pilot project from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2021.

According to Todd Ward, head of the risk mitigation department for the HCFCD, the results of the pilot study will inform the next steps for a follow-up study to assess flood risk in urban areas and determine effective ways to communicate these risks.