Fact #1: The $15.3 million bond issue does not read as the pamphlet that the city mailed to all of the residents of Beeville as it does on the voting ballot. The ballot has no details on any breakdown of plans.
Fact #2: The city manager stated in the City Council meeting that the HOT funds could help out on the cost of the bond issue by $400,000 and that is not a sure thing.
Fact #3: The emergency community water assistance grants do have a criteria that cover droughts. The grants are awarded to fund water line extensions, construction of new waterways, repairs to waterway systems, equipment replacement and program costs accrued six months after filed application. Grants awards range from $150,000 to $500,000 depending on the project.
Fact #4: Other cost information relative to this is that Brownville Utility sells electricity to the reverse osmosis plant at Brownville at about 9 cents per kwh, and AEP sells electricity to the well field at about 10 cents per kwh. Other costs not calculated in the above information that periodic maintenance of the well field is carried out by and charged to another department.
Fact #5: Finally, the Brownville’s plant operations and maintenance (O&M) budget is $2.894 million. Electric and chemicals costs make up the majority of O&M costs with 26% and 38% of the budget. The RO plant has nine full-time employees and operates 24/7 every day of the year.
If you feel $15.3 million is a lot of money, as Paul Harvey would say, “wait till you hear the rest of the story.”