One declared “Coastal Bend storms not drought-busters.”
Although some areas received from two to three (and as much as five)inches of rain Monday, along with some hail, flooding and even a small tornado, meteorologists said the wet weather did not put a dent in the ongoing drought.
After reviewing the chart showing rainfall totals which appeared on our front page last issue, Bee County has experienced lower than normal rainfall four of the last five years, and much below the average in three of them.
As of Tuesday, the area lakes (Choke Canyon and Corpus Christi) are still at 34.6 percent of capacity.
So, even the areas with the most precipitation in recent days are nowhere near out of drought danger, officials said.
Also, the Caller-Times noted on its front page, “Water projects bill dies in House.”
It appears the Texas House bill being debated to take $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to implement water projects is “doorknob dead,” the bill’s author said.
House Democrats apparently turned off the faucet on that major piece of legislation supported by Gov. Rick Perry and state Republican leaders, thanks to a procedural technicality, throwing points of order at the bill in protest.
They emphasized they were not against water but believed the Rainy Day funds were needed for education.
“Today was about protecting our public school children and not saying that water holds a higher priority than our children,” Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, said.
Regardless, if this option dies, that’s another source of revenue that has dried up to resolve Beeville’s water issue, leaving principally higher property taxes and water rates to satisfy the $15.3 million bond indebtedness.
Obviously, Beeville needs additional dependable water sources, but we are still waiting to hear a clearly articulated, financially sensible plan from city officials before stating our position on the bond issue.
Citizens are reminded that the early voting process has begun in the Beeville election to determine the fate of the water bonds and city council races. Early votes may be cast from now until May 8 at City Hall.
Readers are encouraged to study the responses to questions posed to the council candidates, starting with the Ward 1 race, found on Page 13A in today’s edition.
Before casting a ballot in the May 11 election, city residents should wait for the latest developments and make an informed decision.