Ask anyone to name a man in Texas that is genuinely interested in the improvement of infrastructure in Texas, so as to empower the citizens both socially and economically, and Mike Heiligenstein is the name that will come to mind. He has been actively involved in advocating for the improvement of infrastructural amenities in Texas. Particularly, waste water, water and transportation.
In the past, he has worked for the people of Williamson County. He spent eight years serving as a county council member of Round Rock. Following the end of his tenure as a county council member, he was appointed to serve as a county commissioner in Williamson County.
According to Biz Journals, during the 23 years in public service, Mike Heiligenstein has always been unstoppable. He has a keen eye for solutions that lasts for decades. His popularity in public service led him to being appointed by the Central Regional Mobility Authority.
Mike Heiligenstein was placed in charge of the small team of staff that is employed by the mobility authority. Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/ttf2009/People/MikeHeiligenstein.htm
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is an independent government agency that was created in the year 2002 to come up with solutions to the problem of traffic in the central region. The agency was established after the passage of a state law. According to the state law, CTRMA has condemnation rights but it does not have taxation rights.
As far as the composition of the mobility authority is concerned, it is outlined under the law. The body is to be led by a board of members. The board of members is led by a chairman who is appointed by the Governor. Under the chairman are six member. Each of the counties, Travis and Williamson, get to choose three members to represent them.
Because the mobility authority does not rely on taxpayers’ money, how do they manage to raise money to fund their projects? CTRMA raises 70% of their funds from the private sector. The mobility authority gets loans by selling investment bonds.
To repay this debts, they rely on the money that is collected from their cashless system toll roads. CTRMA also relies on the public sector to get funds for their projects. From the public sector, Texas Department of Transportation is their biggest financier. The money is used in maintaining their apps, expanding roads and the construction of toll roads.