|  1:11 pm Aug.   |   Updated 3:35 pm Aug. 28, 2019 CDT

With roughly 80 projects yet to be started from a $2.5 billion flood bond passed by voters in 2018, Harris County officials are looking to bring more transparency to the process of deciding which should be done next.

Commissioners approved a new set of guidelines for prioritizing projects with a 3-2 vote Aug. 27 following a recommendation from the Harris County Flood Control District. Proponents said the new guidelines are based on addressing the most flood-prone areas first.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said the guidelines are also meant to reduce the influence of cost-benefit ratios when dedicating local flood bond money, a metric often required for projects to receive federal funding and one critics said can keep lower-income communities from getting needed improvements.  Read more.