Get ready for the Groundwater Race for the Gold!
June 18, 2013, 9:00 am by Roy Bode
Don’t wait. Call now to get on the agenda July 12! That trough is overflowing with money pumped from taxpayer pockets in the brief existence of the Groundwater district.
Directors dropped the checkered flag last Friday night on the Groundwater Race for the Gold when – after some hemming and hawing – they decided they had to throw sixteen thousand bucks the way of the District 8 Emergency Service District for the Oakalla-Briggs area.
This will go for the purchase of a rainwater collection tank to store water for firefighting, a perfectly good idea – if it ever rains again. The specious justification for spending Groundwater tax money for the project is that it fulfills a "conservation education” obligation of the district.
Of course, that hardly justifies taking money from Groundwater taxpayers throughout Burnet County and giving it to a group that can readily tax the residents in its own area who will benefit from the project.
Since that’s the course Directors Wayne Brown, Stephen Henderson and Bill Luedecke voted for – Chairman Bill Felps apparently found the decision so agonizing he had to abstain – the trough is open!
Seven other Emergency Service Districts in Burnet County might like to have their own shiny new $16,000 rain barrel! That tallies up to $1,200,000. Already have a rain tank? There must be some water-efficient hoses and nozzles the groundwater directors can buy for you! How can they refuse when they’re hustling a check up to ESD District 8? If one’s entitled, isn’t everyone?
School Districts! Surely collecting rainwater from acres of school building roofs in Burnet and Marble Falls would be a great way to conserve. Don’t want to raise taxes? Go ask the Groundwater Board for one of their deals! After all, what does an ESD know about education? If its education they want, that’s your business!
Cities! Don’t be left high and dry! Hook up City Hall to one of these systems and you’ll have water for morning coffee for years while demonstrating the fabulous future of conservation for all who come to pay their water bills!
Just don’t ask Groundwater Director Dan Brady to help. His warning of a stampede to the trough and his vote against this loony idea of one taxing entity funding another were the only signs of common sense at last week’s water meeting.
Roy E. Bode
Publisher & President
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