Most people know that the comptroller of public accounts serves as the state’s chief accounting officer and tax collector. The Texas Constitution requires the comptroller to certify the state budget and to ensure that the budget is balanced.

Most people know that the comptroller of public accounts serves as the state’s chief accounting officer and tax collector. The Texas Constitution requires the comptroller to certify the state budget and to ensure that the budget is balanced.


However, the comptroller is also charged with a number of other duties, including conducting performance reviews of state agency programs; handling franchise taxes, tax abatements, sales tax and other business tax issues; issuing a release each year of the names of people with unclaimed property; auditing school districts, colleges, and universities and issuing school performance review; and issuing reports on issues that will have a significant fiscal impact on the state’s economy.


This week, the comptroller issued a new report on water: "Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution." This report builds on a 2012 report examining the economic impact of the Texas drought, and contains recommendations for filling state water needs.


It details water scarcity issues that threaten the economic health of the state, and examines promising approaches for growing our water supply. The report also proposes that the state should develop an award system that would encourage the development of practical solutions for meeting the water needs of this state.


The full report can be found on the comptroller’s website at http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/water.


For more information regarding this report or any matter of state government, please contact my office.


LARRY PHILLIPS of Sherman represents District 62 in the Texas House of Representatives. His telephone number in Sherman is 903-891-7297. His telephone number in Austin is 512-463-0297. His address in Austin is P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910. His email address is larry. phillips@house.state.tx.us.