Big Spring Council Members Discuss How To Fix Water Lines Problem 1/30/14
January 30th, 2014
Big Spring, Tx
Big Spring has seen several water leaks this winter. Prompting nearly every resident CBS 7 has talked to over the past months to call for action.
"I know our citizens are frustrated," said Raul Benavides, a councilman.
Benavides says it would take about 100 million dollars to replace most of the old water lines. He says that is virtually impossible to fund, but he would support an election calling for a property tax increase to fund water lines while times are good.'
"I would rather support that than a bond election, due the fact that our economy is oil based. If this boom stopped, we would be stuck with that bond," he said.
Councilman Glen Carrigan says the council has allocated more money this fiscal year for pipes. As property values and sales tax continue to rise, he will push for more money to be added.
"We'll do that annually to set aside as much as we can to replace what we can," he said.
However, this year the city set aside $1.5 million, which Benavides admits is a drop in the bucket. Councilwomen Carmen Harbour says she would support a bond to fix lines, that way the people would ultimately decide.
"It's going to take a lot of money to get our water situation fixed," she said.