In fact, only city residents who are eligible to vote will decide the few races on Saturday’s ballot, including two City Council positions, in Wards 1 and 5. Polling locations are found inside today’s edition.
No county school board or Coastal Bend College trustee races will be determined today (May 11).
Obviously, the most important measure will be whether city residents approve or reject the city’s plans to sell $15.3 million in general obligation bonds with the money to be spent on drilling two wells and building a reverse osmosis plant to treat the water from at least one of the wells to meet state drinking water standards.
Those who believe the city will be out of water in two years most probably will flood the five polling places to cast their votes in favor of the water bonds. And we certainly can’t blame them in these drought-ridden times. As some have stated, the alternative is to hope for a well-placed hurricane.
Apparently some residents also are motivated by an intense distrust and/or dislike of the Bee Development Authority and its offer of an existing Chase Field well.
Yet those who question the necessity of approving such a large amount for the drilling of two (or more) city wells and desalination plant, paid for mainly by city taxpayers and water usage rates, may want to stanch the flow, at least temporarily.
They may object to how the city’s plan was conceived in a matter of months without more input from the community, how all options may not have been explored and whether other funding sources should be attempted before relying solely on our taxpayers, many of whom are on fixed incomes.
Whatever the outcome Saturday, the next council will face an enormous challenge to tap into a dependable source for the future via the most economically feasible means, and to repair and improve our aging water (and wastewater) system and infrastructure. Until remedied, this issue deserves their undivided attention.