Texas town's voters to decide financing for levees

11/1/2007 | Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

Officials in Sugar Land, Texas, say FEMA-recommended levees must be built, and voters need only to decide how to pay for the project. Voters will decide whether to proceed with a bond to fund the construction. "FEMA's remapping the flood-plain lines, and we need to get homes out of the flood plains, or they'll be forced to buy flood insurance at the highest rate," the levee district's attorney David Oliver said. "So in order to keep their facilities in line in order to be accredited, we'll have to make these improvements, regardless of what the outcome of the bond is."

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