The city of Big Spring may seek outside help to repair water line breaks this winter.
The city council gave its blessing last week to a â€śemergency back-up planâ€ť which could result in private contractors repairing line breaks in the coming months.
The reason for the plan is simple â€” severe staff shortages.
Interim Public Works Director Johnny Womack told the council that only five of the 16 budgeted water maintenance positions for the city are currently staffed.
The reason behind that shortage? Economics.
Big Spring City Council is expected to approve a tax rate for the 2013-2014 fiscal year when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers, 307 E. Fourth St.
The meeting is expected to be brief â€” a public hearing on and probable adoption of the proposed rate are the only items on the agenda.
Earlier this month, council members gave tentative approval to a rate of 85.664 cents per $100 valuation, which is above the effective rate (which would raise the same amount of revenue as the previous year) but below the rollback rate (which could trigger a tax rollback election).