September 2, 2018
By Sen. Kirk Watson
When the Legislature drew the new boundaries for Senate District 14 in 2011, Bastrop County became part of my district for the first time. That’s as it should be. We belong together.
Bastrop and Travis counties are tied together by much more than SH 71 an SH 290. We share a history, the Colorado River, and a growing economy that creates both opportunities and challenges. And I’m very proud to represent you in the Texas Senate.
We also have shared interest in bolstering public education, making our property tax system more fair, and reducing traffic congestion.
Over the past several years, the people of Bastrop County have faced the fires and the floods together, and you’ve come out the other side stronger as a community, ready to rebuild and better prepared for whatever was next. I have great respect for your resilience. I’ve worked for and am proud to have successfully obtained needed assistance for Bastrop County, including financial resources for recovery and readiness, new flood gauges installed between Austin and Smithville, and a $6 million appropriation to repair flood damage at Bastrop State Park.
I’m also working closely with the Bastrop County Democratic Party to ensure that you have what you need to work to turn Bastrop blue, in part by financing the program for mail-in ballot applications to help make voting easier for folks in Bastrop County. The party is working hard and offers a lot of opportunities for people to help through blockwalking and other get-out-the-vote efforts.
A lot is at stake in the November election, and I hope you’re doing everything you can to make a difference for our community, our state and our country. Resistance requires persistence.