Recently, I have noticed that numerous posters and signs have been popping up all across our city informing everyone that our taxes will go up 49% if the proposed plan by our city council to drill two new wells and treatment facilities is approved. I have been attending the town hall meetings and found that this does not seem to be the total truth. There are numerous options that are available to our city council that will bring this figure down for our community property taxpayers. There seems to be a special interest group paying for all these signs. Richard W. Beasley’s name appears as treasurer for this group, but it stated “Paid for by Desal H=2No” on the signs. Who are they, and what do they have to gain?
I am a retired individual, live on a fixed income and realize how hard it would be to have my taxes go up, but I also know what it would do to our city without an adequate water supply. Our property will become worthless, and our business community will dwindle. Right now, we are unable to water our lawns or wash our cars whenever we wish. What would it be like when our water runs out?
After attending two of the town hall meetings, I realized that very few Beeville citizens attended these sessions. There are many facts that everyone should be aware of, and I certainly hope that before you go vote as the special interest group wants you to that you will learn what they are. I implore the Bee-Picayune to publish the comparison statement that was presented at the last town hall meeting. This statement will let our citizens realize that this is the most cost effective plan. Being able to purchase bonds will cost us less than seeking funds from other sources. Whether this bond issue passes or fails, the council will still have to go forward with another similar plan. The council was elected by the citizens of Beeville to provide us with the best solution to the issues of our city. I believe that they have done an outstanding job providing us with a solution to this huge problem.
Be an informed voter, learn the facts and do not let this special interest group lead you towards making a bad decision.