"If you're like me, you're probably having conversations with your family about how to stretch the almighty dollar. Whether it's the ridiculous price of gasoline or record utility costs, it seems we're all trying to get more work out of old George Washington. Now, there is news that water rates in Lubbock could skyrocket as much as 50%. You may recall NewsChannel 11 warning you about this back in November and now it's happening.
Lubbock's main water supply, Lake Meredith, is basically going away, and we're told more money is needed for new water rights, pipelines and infrastructure to get it all to Lubbock. So why now? I'm told Lubbock's water problem has been ignored for years, making it a very urgent and very important issue.
I appreciate Lubbock City Council for taking the preverbal dropped ball and running with it. After all, you won't hear one single complaint about water until it isn't coming out of the faucet anymore. But consider this: Lubbock city leaders are preparing to spend an unprecedented amount of our money to secure our water needs. I suggest not one single penny be spent without two things:citizen input and citizen approval. If we're going to be writing the check, at least let us sign it.
The fact is, it's not getting any cheaper to live in Lubbock and citizens should have more say over how city hall spends money, not less. To the Lubbock City Council, thank you for working hard to keep the water running. Now, give us the facts, spell out the costs, and let's have an election."
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