Making Sense of Open Space for Galveston Bay Communities
To communities struggling to meet increasing demands for services with insufficient revenues, undeveloped land appears to be a taxing opportunity waiting to happen. Certainly no one can successfully argue that the value of land and the resulting property tax revenues do not increase when the land is converted from open space to a business or residence. Furthermore, taxpayers want the burden for public services shared - more development means more homes and businesses. The solution, then, is to organize our communities to bring public policy into congruency with the public interest regarding open space..... Participation in community planning and advocating for greater park land and park funding are essential steps in the process.