In last Wednesday’s paper, I saw that Richard W. Beasley and the special interest group named DeSal H=2NO was attacking the water bond issue. This organization obviously has some backing and adequate funds to purchase full-page ads in the Bee-Picayune along with many signs seen about Beeville.
There is a rumor that they are representing the interest of Bee Development Authority (BDA), who wants the city to purchase water from them. (If this is true, please be honest enough to put your names on the ads, signs and posters.) If it is BDA, a group associated with BDA or comprised of BDA members (past or present), then the public should be aware that they have a vested interest in this matter.
A little background information about BDA: An organization was formed after the closure of Chase Field around 20 years ago. The county, city and the college were given Chase Field by the federal government, and the organization that was formed had the task/goal of bringing in jobs to our area. The original organization and the others that followed had name changes and probably new organizational structures, but it was pretty much the same organization with many of the same people/members. They all had the same apparent goal – to bring in or create new jobs for Beeville and Bee County using the facilities and land at Chase Field – the land that originally belonged to the county, city and CBC.
More than $15,000,000 has been spent by them throughout the years to create new jobs at Chase Field. After 20 years and the above mentioned $15M, there are no jobs at this facility since Sikorsky pulled out.
A nice income from our citizens would allow BDA to continue their operations. I am sure that they realize that the purchase of water from them is not in the best interest of the city taxpayers or its residents. To me, this is just like paying rent because we will never own the well or the water. We would always be at the mercy of our suppliers... The city can drill its own well for the same price that it will cost to install the pumps and other necessities at Chase Field to get the water to the city’s treatment plant (see accompanying graph in advertisement on this page).
The water from the inside city wells will be of highest quality. Don’t forget that if Beeville owns the well, we will never have to pay anyone for water again to Corpus Christi or anyone else.
I moved to Beeville in 1968 and have never written a letter to the editor before the water issue came up. I feel that this is the most important issue the people of Beeville will ever have to face.
Citizens of Beeville, look at the facts and make up your own mind.
For better and cheaper water for our future, vote for the purchase of bonds on May 11!