Thursday, May 9, 2013

Petitions opposing MUD sent to Sen. Donna Campbell and State Rep. Jason Isaac

Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD)

Today the offices of State Senator Donna Campbell and State Representative Jason Isaac received packets containing 372 petitions signed by citizens opposed to bills these legislators have introduced to create a 4,000+ acre Municipal Utility District (MUD) on the Needmore Ranch, just east of Wimberley. The two identical bills (SB 1868 and HB 3918) would create a district having the power to levy a property tax, to annex adjacent land, to take land by eminent domain, to sell tax exempt bonds, and to construct roads and utilities to serve an estimated population of almost 16,000 people at maximum density.

Citizens of Hays County, alarmed at the prospect of such a massive development, gathered in record numbers at a Town Hall meeting at the Wimberley Community Center on April 25th to listen to Representative Isaac and Senator Campbell’s representative explain their positions on the MUD proposal. At the conclusion of the meeting, citizens signed the petition forms and gave them to representatives of the Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD), the sponsor of the Town Hall meeting. The petitions were duplicated and transmitted to Senator Campbell and Representative Isaac for their review and consideration.

Read the letter to Sen. Campbell and Rep. Isaac transmitting the 372 citizen petitions opposing the Needmore Ranch Municipal Utility District #1.
The Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD) promotes sensible growth in the Wimberley Valley and western Hays County, an area known for its rugged natural beauty, scarce water and rural Hill Country character.

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