Court Rules on Houston Water Appeal

An appeals court in Austin has upheld a lower court ruling that two local political activists cannot hold up the city's new water rate structure. 

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.

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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...