CAROLYN VAUGHN CHALLENGES THE CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE NO ON THE $11.4 MILLION DEBT FOR DESALINATION IN THE INNER HARBOR

Corpus Christi, TX USA – 8-24-2020: The Mayor & City Council are piling debt on us and they are about to pile even more on. $222 million more! If you think your Water Bill is expensive now… hold on to your pocketbook! There are better ways to provide drought proof and drought resistant water supply for our region. 

Ask yourself, why would the City want to go into $222 million of debt, take all the risk, and then operate and maintain a facility they have never run before? Did you know there are companies who have built Desalination facilities that want to spend their money, take the risk and use their expertise run it, and provide water for the City?

The City of Corpus Christi issued a Request for Information (RFI) on August 15, 2018. The City got 10 responses back. Six (6) of those were for Saltwater Desalination. Of those six, four (4) offered to finance the Desalination plants themselves, saving the City from having to add more debt.
The next step, as stated by the City staff and confirmed by Council members on June 11, 2019 was to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP).

Did that RFP get issued? Or did the City decide to go a different direction? We will find out. I turned in a Freedom of Information Act Request to get that information. Once I get it, you will get it.