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Voters overwhelmingly say 'no' to $15.3 million water bond
May 11, 2013 | 4246 views | 3 3 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
City council members will have to look for new options to deal with Beeville's growing water problems after Saturday's bond election sent its $15.3 million bond sale proposal crashing by an overwhelming majority.

A total of 398 voters cast "no" ballots during the May 11 voting process with only 195 votes caste in favor of the bond sale.

Also, voters in Ward 1 elected local attorney George P. "Trace" Morrill to the City Council and in Ward 5 voters opted to keep Florette "Libby" Spires in office for another two-year term.

The bond issue lost substantially in nearly all categories of voting. Only 91 early voters were for the bond sale and 195 early voters were against it.

In Ward 2 the bond issue actually passed on election day with 22 votes cast for the issue and 14 against. But the idea of selling bonds to pay for two wells, a reverse osmosis plant, improvements to the city's wastewater treatment plant and a new, city-wide water metering system failed in every other ward.

The Ward 1 tally came to 14 votes for and 47 against. In Ward 3 the tally came to 15 votes for and 32 against. Ward 4 voters shot down the bond sale with 20 votes for and 42 against. And in Ward 5 only 22 votes were for the bond sale while 68 residents voted against it.

Election day voters at the Ward 1 polling place cast 38 votes for Morrill and he received 39 early votes for a total of 77.

His opponent, Randy Forbes had 23 votes at the polling place and 20 early votes for a total of 43.

In Ward 5 Spires received 57 polling place votes Saturday. She had received 47 early votes for a total of 104. Spires' opponent, Christopher Payne, had 30 polling place votes on Saturday and 35 ward residents cast ballots in his favor during early voting for a total of 65.

Mayor Santiago "Jimbo" Martinez said the failure of the bond election means the council will have to try something else to solve the city's problem of a dwindling surface water supply at Lake Corpus Christi.

City Manager Deborah Ballí has been told by personnel at the City of Corpus Christi that the lake level may be too low for Beeville to draw water out of the Nueces River basin in two years unless the Coastal Bend receives appreciable rainfall.

Martinez mentioned a number of alternatives and he said the city will be looking into those in the near future.

He said one option may be for the city to take out conventional loans to finance a different plan for drilling wells and for treating the water taken from those wells.
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STH
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May 16, 2013
I really think that the situation of our water supply really wouldn't be fixed by an idea like that anyway. I mean as it stand now we get notices saying the water isn't fit for use and the city charges us for the treatment and use of basically non potable water. Even if we drilled wells they wouldn't change the way that the water is treated. Beeville politics in my opinion is not really on par with what's right for our community.
fands
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May 15, 2013
Thankfully, killed. At least someone('s)(niece, nephew, cousin) isn't going to bilk the bee county taxpayers out of a fortune. $6 million per 1600ft. well! What are they going to use, gold plated casing. If it cost $6 million to drill and case a well that deep, no company in the world could afford to drill an oil/gas well. This bond had to have to have been illegal somehow. I can't be the only one that sees this. Maybe an investigation into this would be prudent!
DifferentView2
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May 16, 2013
The bond issue lost. All of the investigators are busy with Benghazi. Get over it.