Members of the Big Spring City Council listen as citizens express their support or opposition of the proposed 4B project to divert economic development funding for the next 20 years to re-vamp existing city water and wastewater facilities during Tuesday nightâ€™s meeting. The council voted unanimously on first reading of the measure to send the project to a citywide vote. (HERALD photo/Thomas Jenkins)
Members of the Big Spring City Council may have mixed feelings about how to fund renovations to the municipality's water and wastewater facilities, but there's little doubt they agree the citizens should be allowed to vote on the issue as the panel unanimously approved first reading of a measure calling for a special 4B election to be held on the matter.
The decision came following a tumultuous outpouring of testimony from area residents both for and against the proposed project, which, if approved by Big Spring voters, would use funding from the Big Spring Economic Development Corporation to fund a $11-million re-vamp of the city's existing water and wastewater facilities, as well a portion of the city's aging water lines.
The Big Spring EDC, designated a 4A corporation by the state, would have its operating budget cut in half if the project is approved, providing between $800,000 and $800,500 a year for the water project's debt service and approximately $800,000 to $850,000 annually for the EDC to operate on.
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