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02/28/05 - East Texas

Water Conservation District Seek Fee Hike

by Donna McCollum

When Abitibi shut down it immediately affected the newly developed Pineywoods Groundwater Conservation District. The agency protects water sources in Nacogdoches and Angelina Counties. 

Abitibi was the district's biggest contributor. The 25% shortfall created by the closing meant all support staff had to be laid off.

Now attempts are underway to recoup the loss with higher fees charged to large water users. General manager David Alford explained, "What we want to do is increase our producer fee by 1/2 cent which will be almost negligible to most users, but that will give us revenue we've lost with Abitibi closing."

Alford is now obtaining support for the fee hike from county and city governments. Final approval for a 2 1/2 cent fee hike cap must come from the state legislature.

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