I would like for the county officials to participate with the City Council and all parties involved to find an affordable solution for all Beeville and Bee County residents on a water solution.
Otherwise, we will be affected by higher taxes from not only Beeville but also Bee County, Beeville Independent School District, Coastal Bend College and any other taxing entity in the county.
By including Bee County residents, I mean placing the bond as a tax; it will also include all residents when Bee County sets its tax rate to pass along the cost of the water.
One county commissioner has been present when the water bond issue has been discussed by the public, but he has not stated an opinion for or against.
I wish to remind county officials of the fact that there are close to 31,000 county residents; 14,000 are registered voters, and 7,144 live in Beeville.
At the second public water meeting, the expert water consultants kept promoting the R.O. project and costs involved. The financial consultants explained how they were going to sell $15.3 million bonds; that’s good for them, not the residents.
When Mr. Galvan asked what plan “B” was, they were taken by surprise. No plan “B” had been in the plans. Mr. Medina asked what happens when you drill the wells at the present city location and all you get is sand, what then? The only answer was that we have to drill to see what we have. At a million dollars to drill, that’s not an expert or acceptable answer.
At this last public meeting, there was still no clear solution to our water needs. The problem is how do we pay for this long-term commitment imposed on us of $15.3 million bond? All we get from the experts are maybe we will get some help from the state or HOT funds. For everybody on a fixed income, that is not a very good expert solution.
We listen to the scientists, economists, doctors, management gurus, psychologists and other experts who promised that if we followed their advice, all would be well. What happened? All those experts are a big reason we are in a national mess. We need a real solution, not a “maybe” from our local government.