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0 Aransas County Groundwater Conservation District | "Frequently Asked Questions Re: the Upcoming Vote"

"To help protect our groundwater resources the ARANSAS COUNTY GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT (the District) was established BY THE 84th LEGISLATURE LAST SUMMER. It is managed by five directors appointed by Commissioners Court. The district is a temporary organization at the moment and is subject to confirmation by county voters at an election on May 7th.

Voters will be asked to vote for or against: “ THE CREATION OF THE ARANSAS COUNTY GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT AND THE IMPOSITION OF AN ADVOLOREM TAX IN THE DISTRICT AT A RATE NOT TO EXCEED ONE CENT FOR EACH $100 ASSESSED VALUATION.” (Example: $200,000 in property value would pay a $20 tax.)

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The purpose of a groundwater conservation district is to preserve and protect waters of our aquifers from waste, abuse, over mining, and over pumping. The objective is to manage use of groundwater so that 50 years or so from now the aquifers underlying the county will be able to support home owners, farms and commercial/industrial enterprises. Trees also rely on groundwater and are a valuable county resource to be preserved. The aquifers are to be maintained at a level agreed with the Texas water Development Board and Groundwater Management Area 15." ...Read more >>



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ARANSAS COUNTY GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT



Will there be taxes on my well?
No, but there will be an ad valorem tax of less than 1 cent per $100 property valuation.
Calculates to $20 on a property worth $200,000.


Can this tax be increased?
Only by act of the state legislature.


Will I be required to get a permit to operate a well?


Long answer:
State law requires GCD’s to establish a permitting program for the drilling of wells, the equipping or completion, of wells or for substantially altering the size of wells or well pumps.  However, state law also authorizes that a GCD can exempt any and all wells from permit requirements if the exemptions are documented in the GCD management plan and if rules are set forth to implement the plan. State law requires that all water wells must be registered with the district.


Short answer
No, unless the well will produce more than 25,000 gallons per day. The District may exempt wells producing less than 25,000 gallons per day from the permit requirement.


Will the district require I place a meter on my well?
Wells producing less than 25,000 gallons per day will not require metering. Wells producing more than 25,000 gallons per day may be exempted if allowed by the district’s management plan.


What’s in it for me?


Long  Answer
The district is needed to protect all three aquifers underlying Aransas County, managing their levels to achieve zero drawdown over the next 50 years.  Even poor quality water as in the Chicot and Evangeline aquifers can be made potable through the reverse osmosis process as is being done now by the Aransas Bay Utility Company.  So these aquifers are viable and valuable resources which may be needed to support residential, commercial and industrial use as water availability could be reduced in future due to foreseen and unforeseen circumstances such as severe drought.  The dune ridge aquifer, unique to Aransas County, holds the best water but in limited supply.  This water is very close to the surface and is usually the source of water for residential irrigation.


Short Answers
Sufficient groundwater to support industry, should it be needed, resulting in economic growth
Surrounding counties will be less able to control the condition of our aquifers
Sales of Aransas County groundwater to support fracking and other commercial uses can be made to be uneconomical.
The District may be able to protect our groundwater from unfair rules imposed by surrounding districts.




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Re: Aransas County Groundwater Conservation District | by Burt Mills, Aransas County Judge

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