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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Urgent! - Town Hall Meeting - 7 pm Thursday, April 25th at Wimberley Community Center
The 5,000-acre Needmore Ranch (the former O'Quinn Ranch)
adjacent to Wimberley could become a free-standing town
thanks to MUD* legislation introduced and
fast-tracked by State Senator Donna Campbell and
State Representative Jason Isaac.
Campbell and Isaac are intent on jeopardizing our scarce
water supply and the treasured Blanco River to benefit one
single property owner.
Most MUD legislation seeks local official support. This
one did not. The companion bills (SB 1868 and HB 3918) are
strongly opposed by elected Hays County and City of
Wimberley officials and by local property owners.
Hays County Commissioner Will Conley and County Judge
Bert Cobb have written letters opposing the MUD, and the
Wimberley City Council has unanimously passed a
Resolution opposing the MUD.
boundaries of this MUD were set to exclude the ETJ
(planning area) of the City of Wimberley to avoid having
to ask for the city's concurrence in creation of the MUD.
Bill sponsors also bypassed Hays County Commissioners
ATTEND THIS MEETING TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT !
Hear from our State Officials who have introduced this
special purpose legislation creating a MUD for one property
owner, Mr. Greg LaMantia, from McAllen.
Your presence will help send a message to these State Officials.
*Municipal Utility Districts are created to
facilitate development of property outside cities. They
have the power to levy taxes, seize property by eminent
domain, sell debt, and build subdivisions all under the
direction of an appointed - not elected - board of
Rep. Isaac is trying to push HB 3918
through the Special Districts Committee on Wed.
April 24th before the Town Hall meeting April 25th
Thursday night. We need as many people as possible
to contact the committee members prior to the hearing
this Wed. April 24th. Please email and call all the
members of the House Special Purpose Districts Committee
and Senate Administration Committee and tell them you and
your local elected officials oppose these bills! Ask them to
bring these bills to the House and Senate floor for
debate. Ask Senator Campbell and Rep. Issac to
debate the Needmore MUD companion bills (SB 1868 and HB 3918) in front of the legislature and the public.
HB 3918 by
Isaac - Needmore Ranch Municipal Utility District #1 is set
for public hearing on Wednesday, 4/24 at 8:00 am in Room
E2.014 at the Capital in Austin. It is one of several
bills that will be heard by the committee that day.
To register to speak at the hearing, you enter the
Capital and find a screen that will allow you to sign
up for the hearing electronically. They no longer
use cards. You must know the bill # - HB 3918 - to
sign up to speak before the committee shown below.
Rep. Dennis Bonnen is the Chairman.
We need lots of
contacts from people to all members of this committee before
the public hearing date stating opposition to HB 3918.
Chairman and Members House Special Purpose
District and Senate Administration Committees,
1868 and HB 3918 which resides in your committees
has the following points of opposition:
Hays County Commissioner Will Conley opposes this bill which will create the Needmore Ranch MUD #1 in his district.
Hays County Judge Bert Cobb opposes this bill because
the Hays County Commissioners' Court has never
been contacted by Senator Donna Campbell.
Mayor Bob Flocke and the Wimberley City Council oppose this bill.
Citizens of Wimberley and Hays County oppose the proposed MUD and have called an emergency Town Hall Meeting April 24th at 7pm at the Wimberley Community Center.
SB 1868 also has the following additional problems
Support of local elected officials was never obtained.
Needmore Ranch does not need a MUD
because a significant part of the ranchis within
Wimberley's ETJ and is entirely within Hays County
jurisdiction. Both entities have very adequate
subdivision regulations to guide any development
project, if that should be the final decision of
of the 5,000 acre Needmore Ranch could have
significant impacts on water quality and quantity
for local land owners, local springs such as Fern
Bank Spring, and the Blanco River
For immediate release: April 21, 2013
Wimberley area citizen's group calls for emergency Town Hall Meeting.
- In response to the rushed legislation in the state
legislature to grant a MUD (Municipal Utility
District) on a 5,000 acre property just east of
Wimberley, Citizens Alliance for Responsible
Development (CARD) has called for an emergency
Wimberley Town Hall Meeting
7 p.m. Thursday, April 25
Wimberley Community Center
14068 Ranch Road 12 in Wimberley
legislation was introduced and is being rushed
through the current legislature by State Senator
Donna Campbell and State Representative Jason Isaac,
to the benefit of one person, McAllen businessman
Greg LaMantia. This is over the vigorous objections
of County Judge Bert Cobb, County Commissioner Will
Conley, and all members of the Wimberley City
objecting are many citizens of the Wimberley area,
who could be adversely affected by this legislation.
None of the local leaders were consulted on this
legislation, as tradition, good sense and civic
a MUD will allow virtual city stature to the
park-like 5,000-acre Needmore ranch (formerly O'Quinn
Ranch) located adjacent to Wimberley. The property
is one of the most beautiful and environmentally
sensitive holdings remaining in Hays County. MUD
status would allow the owner the power to levy taxes, sell
debt, and build subdivisions all under the direction of an
appointed - not elected - board of directors.
- a not-for-profit volunteer organization dedicated
to maintaining the Wimberley Valley's character and
property values FOR ALL - is sponsoring the meeting,
and has invited Isaac and Campbell to explain how
their legislation, Senate Bill 1868 and House Bill
3918, will benefit the people of Wimberley and Hays
County, or anyone other than the owner of the property. Also
invited are Cobb, Conley and all area citizens to present
is a copy of a flier-email release being circulated
by CARD and other concerned area organizations and
individuals. Also attached is a letter from
Commissioner Will Conley.
Media: for further information on the Town Hall Meeting: