To Jack Roberts, the problem is simple.
"We have water problems here,” the Bastrop County resident said. “And I'm not sure the state of Texas is doing the right things to solve them.
"We're paying a terrible toll for this drought. We've got people moving into Texas, the population is increasing, yet the water seems to be decreasing," he said.
Like dozens of rural residents, he came to hear debate on Proposition 6, which creates a $2 billion fund to develop new water resources. But he and other Independent Texans Convention attendees would be disappointed.
"They play by Rick Perry's playbook. They don't debate," Linda Curtis said. "One hundred and twenty-seven legislators and a boatload of big companies who are pushing Proposition 6 couldn't find one person to show up here today."
Property rights and environmental groups say the new two billion dollar fund lacks public oversight and promotes expensive but ineffective projects.
"The problem with the language is that it isn't what it says it is,” Curtis said. “It does not guarantee support for rural and for conservation."
"It's a boondoggle for special interests who want to get in, get the money, build their projects,” said Michele Gagnes. “They won't be around when we no longer have either an affordable or sustainable water supply."
Opponents say the fund pits big cities against rural residents and doesn't promote conservation.
"You can't put an endless number of straws into these same water sources,” said Alyssa Burgin of the Texas Water Project. “So clearly we have to find a way to cut down."
"We'll be the losers, they'll be the winners and that's not the purpose of a program that finances water which we all have to have to survive," Curtis said.
"They're more interested in making money than solving problems," Roberts said.
Proposition 6 is one of nine constitutional changes in the Nov. 5 election.
Learn more about the proposition and all the other issues on the ballot at votetexas.gov.