Editorial: Water issue perplexing

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It seems that back in 2012 the Bistone Water Supply District viewed its consumers – primarily the cities of Mexia, Wortham and Whiterock – as partners. At that time the district sought financial support for a rate study and everyone agreed to pitch in a portion of the funding.

The results of that rate study was shared with city officials last month, at the same time it was revealed the district had already received $6 million in bond funds from the Texas Water Development Board.

Now, those same communities that agreed to fund a rate study are going to see their water rates increase by as much as 30 percent. It appears as though the communication and partnering did not extend to the decision-making about whether or not to take on the new debt.

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