As Election Day looms nearer, Texans across the state are urging voters to strike down Proposition 6 in a campaign known as 'Nix Prop 6.'
If approved, Prop 6 will divert $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to jumpstart the state's long-term water plan.
Those against Prop 6 contend Texas leaders are trying to capitalize on the fear generated by the state's current drought. News conferences were held in four cities across the state Monday in an effort to get that message out.
"This is a sure formula for cronyism and corruption,” Lenee Lovejoy with the Hays Constitutional Republicans said.
The Nix Prop 6 is championed by a group called Independent Texans. While they acknowledge the state's water problem, they all have a reason different reason as to why they think Prop 6 isn't the solution.
"It guarantees no money to conservation," Jere Locke with Texas Drought Project said. "It's a boondoggle to people who want to make a lot of money on real estate speculation and to build the reservoirs."
Lovejoy said approving the proposition is a bad idea because doing so would allow just a handful of people to control the diverted money.
"Voters need to know that a 'yes' vote on Prop 6 is a vote to turn control over this $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund and the critical state water development over to just three people,” Lovejoy said.
Heather Fazio with Texans for Accountable Government added that while water is an issue right now, it's not something that voters should be paying for.
"There are a number of core functions of government, and these core functions ought to be financed through the budget and the legislature rather than bonds and voters,” Fazio said.
Michele Gangnes with Neighbors for Neighbors said Prop 6 robs Peter to pay Paul, contending Peter is rural parts of Texas and their aquifers.
"If they want our water, we respectfully quote the Texans at the first battle of the Texas revolution: Come and take it,” Gangnes said.
Voters will have the final say on Nov. 5.