Port O'Connor resident wonders about bills
April 30, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2014 at 11:30 p.m.
Editor, the Advocate:
On May 10, the residents of Port O'Connor will be asked to vote one more time for a tax increase and bond. This tax and bond was voted down during the last election. Because it was voted down, the residents and weekenders were slapped with a $50-a-month rate increase on our water and sewer bill. This means if you live in Port O'Connor and own a home, even if you don't use one drop of water during the month, your bill will be $124 for that month; it only goes up from there.
Everyone I know and have spoken with will again vote "no." We asked the Municipal Utility District board if we vote the tax and bond in, will our rates come back down? The answer was - we don't think we will be able to do that. When asked if we vote the tax and bond down, if there will be another rate increase, the answer was - yes, most likely. The general consensus among everyone I have spoken with is that if the tax and bond are passed, the next word out of the board will be they did not produce the revenue as was expected, so another rate increase is needed.
It has been brought up at the board meetings that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has recommended Port O'Connor residents should be paying $200 a month for water and sewer. When I called the TCEQ to find out why we deserve this rate, I was told that the TCEQ did not make these types of recommendations. This leads me and many others to believe that the board is trying to lead us into believing the TCEQ is setting the rate, when in fact, the board is doing it on its own.
This tax and bond need to fail again, and this board should be replaced during the next election in November. Why is Port O'Connor the highest in the state for water and sewer?
I also feel there should be an investigation into the operations of this water district; we need to know where the money is going.
Marshall Bradford, Port O'Connor