To address water concerns in the Big Country and across the state, Texas Senator Troy Fraser stopped in Abilene and Brownwood Thursday to remind taxpayers about an upcoming vote to ease those concerns.
The state water plan was formulated in 1997; however, Fraser said there was no source of funding at that time. He met with Governor Rick Perry to address the issue.
On November 5, voters can decide whether to approve the transfer of $2 billion from the rainy day fund to the water fund.
The transfer would allow money to be loaned out to cities for water projects like the Cedar Ridge Reservoir that Abilene hopes to build in Throckmorton County. Fraser said the project is a high priority in the state.
“Abilene interestingly not only [is] going to be able to access the money for the reservoir, but they're going to be eligible for the rural assistance fund because we furnish water to a lot of these small cities around Abilene,” Fraser said. “But that doesn't happen unless the voters go to the polls in November to fund the statewide water plan.”