Texas Water Code
Sec. § 60.152
Authority to Enter Into Contract


One or more districts, which are interested in or may, in the judgment of the commission, be benefited by a navigation or other project, may enter into contracts with the United States or with another district, or both, to consummate navigation or other projects of common interest.


The contract may provide for:


the assumption of several, joint, or joint and several liability for construction, completion, and consummation of the project;


the acquisition of property in connection with the project;


the lending and contribution of funds of the district to the United States or to any other district in support or in aid of the project;


the issuance of bonds or notes by one or more of the districts to fund all or part of the project;


the obligation of one or more of the districts to fully or partially reimburse another district that has spent its own funds on the project or has issued bonds or notes to fund the project;


the securing of bonds or notes issued by one district to fund the project with a pledge of payments to be made by one or more of the other districts; and


the assumption of responsibility for valid obligations, incurred in furtherance of the common project, of the United States or of any district.


A contract may provide that a district will make payment under the contract from proceeds from the sale of bonds or notes, from taxes, or from any other income of the district or any combination of these. A district may make payments under a contract from taxes other than maintenance taxes, after the provisions of the contract have been approved by a majority of the electors voting at an election held for that purpose. A contract election may be held alone or at the same time and in conjunction with an election to authorize bonds. The procedure for calling the election, giving notice, conducting the election, and canvassing the returns is the same as the procedure for a bond election. If the contract is approved, it constitutes an obligation against the taxing power of the district to the extent provided in the contract.


A district all or part of which is in another district may exercise the authority granted a district under this section.
Acts 1971, 62nd Leg., p. 110, ch. 58, Sec. 1, eff. Aug. 30, 1971. Amended by Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 794, Sec. 2, eff. June 16, 1991; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 588, Sec. 6, eff. June 20, 2003.
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