Call Your Representatives Today to Lower Water/Sewer Fees!

May 1, 2019

The House should vote YES on House Bill 4246! They will be voting on it within the next couple of days, so can you please take a minute to call your representative today? Not sure who represents you? Find out here: www.texascitizenscoalition.org/who-represents-me/ 

City fees are spinning out of control. H.B. 4246, relating to nonsubmetered billing for water or wastewater service, will help reduce water/sewer fees and help promote transparency. 

Currently, some cities across Texas charge apartments a per unit base charge fee for water/sewer service. Here’s what’s wrong with that: most apartments only have one master meter, so the city only has to spend time checking one meter. Yet, a 200-unit apartment complex can be charged as if it has 200 meters to check! 

The author of the bill, Representative Nevarez, pointed out in the committee hearing that it is constitutionally mandated that municipalities— taxing entities—can charge no more than what they need to provide a service. And yet, when it comes to base rate fees, it is not about covering the cost of services. After all, it costs a city the same to check one meter for an apartment as it does to check one meter for a house. Why is a 200-unit apartment being charged 200 times more in the base rate for the same amount of service? 

This fee is not based on water usage or amount of work done. It is an arbitrary fee that targets apartment renters, and we need to stop this unequal treatment.

Here’s another thing this bill helps do: it increases transparency. It mandates that rate structure and fees for water need to be easily accessible and clearly presented so that the city cannot get away with any hidden fees! 

So, please call your representative and ask them to support H.B. 4246!

Not sure what to say when you call your representative? Don’t worry—it’s easy and will take less than 2 minutes! You can follow these steps:

  • If you don’t know who you’re representative is, find out here: www.texascitizenscoalition.org/who-represents-me/ 
  • When you call, start by asking for your representative by name. 
  • They will likely say that he or she is not available. So, go ahead and tell it to the person who answered the phone instead. 
  • Tell them your name and let them know you live in their district. 
  • Next, tell them you would like your representative to please vote YES on H.B. 4246, relating to nonsubmetered billing for water or wastewater service. 
  • Then, thank them for their support.

That’s it! 

Together, we can make sure Texas is a more affordable place to live and work.

In Service,

Texas Citizens Coalition

Gary Gates started the non-profit Texas Citizens Coalition because he has a passion for individual liberty and preserving the Constitution, and it’s a fight he’s engaged in with every facet of his life. He believes a coalition is needed because it takes all of us being actively involved to move our state and country forward. We as citizens must stay informed because We the People are in charge and must hold government accountable. Gary desires to provide Texas citizens a free resource to get useful information about state government from a conservative perspective.

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