If we as a community are seeking a sustainable and self sufficient future we must look to establish revenue generating enterprises that augment our tax based local economy.
Two recent seemingly unrelated articles in the Houston Today are examples of how this could be achieved, namely Organic fuel production and Community Grants. With enterprises that wish to access our resources, we need more than a few jobs; we need ownership/equity positions through the creation of public/private partnerships.
Another revenue producer would the construction of a small hydro generating station on the property adjacent to Jamie Baxter Park and the Buck, utilizing the latter by diverting a portion of its flow to generate substantial power into the grid. This could offset municipal power consumption and thereby provide partial long term funding for such projects as a water treatment plant that is currently beyond the capacity of our current tax base.