City considers legal action to stop water rate hike

By Brenda Sommer
Managing Editor

Mexia City Council is ready to consider legal remedies after its water supplier took out a $6 million loan for improvements without notifying the city, a move that could mean 27- to 30-percent higher water bills for city residents.

Bistone Water Supply District, which manages Lake Mexia, also supplies water to the city via deep wells near Personville. The city is by far Bistone’s largest customer, though the district also supplies water to the city of Wortham and the Whiterock community.

In July 2012, City Council agreed to join Bistone in a study presented as the first step needed to secure low-interest bonds from the Texas Water Development Board, to see what rates would be like if upgrades or repairs came to pass.

Neither the City Council nor city manager Larry Brown heard back from Bistone until the district presented results of that study Sept. 16, at which time Bistone let city representatives know the district had already taken out $6 million in bonds that it expects to be paid back mostly through higher bills for city water customers.

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