Regarding the overwhelming defeat of the $15.3 million water bond election, we agree with City Manager Deborah Ballí that the city now finds itself back at “square one.”
As she pointed out, for those who believe there is a cheaper, better proposal for the city to solve its water problem, “now would be a good time to come forward with it.”
Several people who spoke up at the recent public hearings on the water bond issue were not totally opposed to what the engineers and experts were proposing. Some, though, were concerned about the cost and burden placed on the city’s taxpayers, particularly those on fixed incomes.
In fact, as Mayor Jimbo Martinez noted, he had been giving serious consideration to a less expensive solution proposed by Beeville Water Supply District Board President Jim Crumrine and geologist Kenneth Newbury.
That plan would involve drilling three wells into the Evangeline aquifer, one well into the Jasper aquifer and building a smaller reverse osmosis plant – for some amount more in the $8 million range.
Unfortunately, that was not what voters faced on the ballot last Saturday.
The group which ran large political ads in this newspaper opposing the measure encouraged citizens to vote no to the water bond, and then contact city officials and let them know they will participate in a citizens task force to help shape the future of Beeville’s water supply.
It is strongly recommended they (and other citizens who wish to serve) follow through on that suggestion.
Morrill and Spires said they were eager to help find alternate solutions to our water (and wastewater) problems. We wish them and the new council all the best as they begin this endeavor – starting at their first meeting.
We still have less than two years before we could be high and dry.