Honorable Allan Ritter, Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources
John S O'Brien, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SJR4 by Hinojosa (Proposing a constitutional amendment providing for the issuance of additional general obligation bonds by the Texas Water Development Board.), As Engrossed
The cost to the state for publication of the resolution is $105,495.
The joint resolution proposes a constitutional amendment which would authorize the Water Development Board (TWDB) to issue additional general obligation bonds for one or more accounts of the Texas Water Development Fund II (DFund II) such that the aggregate principal amount of the bonds issued for the DFund II does not exceed $6 billion outstanding at any one time.
The proposed constitutional amendment would be submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 8, 2011.
This joint resolution includes bond authority that would comprise a mixture of self-supporting debt and non-self-supporting debt. Any non-self-supporting debt that receives a General Revenue appropriation for debt service would impact the state's constitutional debt limit (CDL). TWDB can only issue non-self-supporting debt with the authorization of the Legislature. For the purposes of calculating the CDL, this entire authorization would be considered self-supporting and would not have an impact on the CDL until the Legislature authorizes the issuance of non-self-supporting general obligation water bonds.
Article III, Section 49-j of the Texas Constitution limits the authorization of additional state debt if the percentage of debt service payable from the General Revenue Fund exceeds 5 percent of the average annual unrestricted General Revenue Fund revenues for the previous three fiscal years. As of the end of fiscal year 2010, the Bond Review Board estimates the constitutional debt limit for issued, and authorized but unissued debt, to be 4.10 percent.
304 Comptroller of Public Accounts, 352 Bond Review Board, 580 Water Development Board
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