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Armbrister's Water Bill Passes the Senate
 


3 May 2005 at 6:08:49 PM
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Originally the bill called for a sales tax on water usage.

Dallas Morning News

 AUSTIN – A bill aimed at improving the state's management of surface and groundwater and promoting water conservation won passage in the Senate on Friday.

The bill by Sen. Ken Armbrister, D-Victoria, would ensure water is directed toward the state's rivers, bays and estuaries, which have been strained by increasing demand for water.

The bill originally had proposed a tax on retail water sales of more than 5,000 gallons a month, costing Texans an estimated $125 million a year. Several lawmakers said they were reluctant to support a water tax, so Mr. Armbrister pulled it from his bill before Friday's debate on the Senate floor.

Instead, lawmakers will study the issue to figure out how much the fee needs to be. Mr. Armbrister has said many of the projects the tax would fund are at least four years away.

Good! Water usage shouldn't be taxed.


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