National Flood Insurance Program intact for next 5 years according to Fort Bend Co.

Dear Editor:

Thanks to the hard work of our levee districts, Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert, Senator John Cornyn, Congressman Pete Olson and the Fort Bend Flood Management Association (FBFMA), our national flood insurance program is intact for the next five years. These individuals and groups have been hard at work behind the scenes to save our flood insurance program.

Congress has been trying to revamp the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Although our Districts supported these efforts, the Senate pushed hard to include a provision that required the purchase of mandatory flood insurance at very high rates and ignored the healthy levees our local tax dollars built and maintain. We believe this mandate would have imposed a financial hardship on our taxpayers and would have negatively affected our home values.

Our levee districts worked under strong leadership provided by Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert and the FBFMA with Senator Cornyn and Congressman Olson to defeat this unreasonable mandatory provision. The House and Senate passed a transportation bill that helped us on this critical matter. This bill included an extension of the NFIP without the mandatory purchase requirement that ignored our healthy levees. Judge Hebert provided great leadership and the lobby teams hired by Fort Bend County and the FBFMA helped our Districts explain the adverse impact of bad legislation that was introduced to revamp the NFIP. Senator Cornyn helped us fight the battle in the Senate. Congressman Olson worked behind the scenes as a member of the Majority Whip team in the House and with Senate allies to make sure the transportation bill passed with good language and to defeat the bad legislation that would have required the mandatory expensive insurance. At least for now, our taxpayers do not have to worry about skyrocketing flood insurance premiums mandated by the federal government.

Thanks to our County and federal leadership for looking after our taxpayers. Your leadership was instrumental in protecting our quality of life.

Sincerely,
Fort Bend County LID
No. 11 (Greatwood),
Fort Bend County LID
No. 14 (Avalon), and
Fort Bend County
LID No. 17 (Telfair)

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