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From the school of hard knocks
May 30, 2013 | 693 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Editor:

Thank you, Mr. Medina (in his letter to editor published May 25), for speaking out on the $15.3 million bond issue that council members seem adamant to spend against the wishes of the majority of the voters.

The city manager and consultants are failing to tell the residents that they compared a nonprofit private operation, Southmost Regional Water Authority and North Alamo Water District, to propose a city project similar but not the same.

Southmost Regional Water Authority is running 5.9 million per day; this includes 5 million gallons per day of pure water and the remix of about 900,000 gallons per day of unprocessed well water, which is about what the consultants say Beeville would need during peak summer months. Since I was born and raised in the Valley, it is hard for me to understand the city manager and city council’s concept due to the fact that Beeville has only 13,000 residents and Brownsville has more than 178,430 residents.

The cost of this operation and maintenance at Southmost Regional Water Authority FY2013 is $2.894 million. If we have a similar system even at $ 2 million per year of operation and maintenance plus $800,000 of amortization of the capital cost of development of wells and installation of the purification system, the cost will be $3 million or more per year of operation and debt payment.

When are the Beeville residents going to be able to see the HDR report or at least a summary of the report and their recommendations? I hear the city paid thousands of dollars and won’t even acknowledge the information for or against the water solution.

I thought that theft and extortion was illegal. Would this qualify the Beeville residents to go to the welfare office and ask for assistance so we can reside in the city limits?

Carlos Perez
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