Court Rules on Houston Water Appeal
by: Ed Mayberry, April 22, 2011 5:04:00 pm
Former Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt and activist Bruce Hotze had backed a lawsuit to stop the city from raising water and sewer rates that Bettencourt says were approved by voters years ago.
"So the mayor runs to Austin — without telling city council, taxpayers, or any public notice — files suit effectively single-party in Austin, and says 'get me out of this charter amendment that the public passed with 63 percent of the vote in 2004. And the taxpayers are going to pay 40 percent more on their water rates, which is hundreds of millions of dollars more in fees."
Mayor Annise Parker says the delays have been costly as interest rates have risen and it will now cost more to sell bonds used for financing.