Fort Stockton Water Project Postponed 10/1/13
October 1, 2013
Fort Stockton - The Fort Stockton water project that is intended to deliver millions of gallons of water to Odessa a day has officially been put on hold. Fort Stockton city council members met Tuesday morning and made the decision by a four to zero vote.
For Fort Stockton, selling this water is their last hope in keeping the city afloat. Fort Stockton Mayor, Bill Lannom says the city is in debt by fourteen million dollars. He adds that the city will be faced with this debt through 2027, and if this deal falls through it will undoubtedly last longer.
“We are having trouble just existing,” said Lannom. So much so, that they have had to depend on the county to help run city organizations. Lannom says this deal is truly their last chance. “We only have one opportunity left that we know of to make some money, pay off the debt and do a better job of managing our city and that is to sell water.”
Without the funds coming in from selling water the whole city is feeling the effects. There is only a five-year life span left on the cities landfill, and officials say a new one will not be built by the time it fills up. “The only option we have at that time is to barge, bail and send it to a landfill on I-20,” said Lannom.
He also adds that general city improvements are not being taken care of, at least until extra money starts to flow in. “People say you got a gold mine, we say well not yet,” said Lannom.
Fort Stockton says Odessa is the only city they plan to sell the water to, but if a compromise can’t be reached they will have to move on and sell elsewhere.