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Rural Texas counties fear impact of water vote

Published On: Dec 01 2013 01:22:14 PM CST
AUSTIN, Texas -

(AP) - Only 8 percent of counties in Texas rejected a $2 billion water spending plan in a constitutional amendment that easily passed in November.
    
The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday that the 20 rural counties which voted down the measure are uniquely able to produce water. Those county leaders now fear their needs will be sacrificed to maintain economic and population growth in Texas.
    
The water measure borrows from the state's Rainy Day Fund to jump-start new pipeline and conservation projects. It passed by a 3-to-1 margin.
    
Bastrop County was among the counties that voted no. County Judge Paul Pape says residents have concerns about the exploitation of their underlying aquifer.
    
Pape says his residents aren't happy about making it easier for "profiteers" to pump and pipe their water elsewhere.