HB 2852

84(R) - 2015
House Natural Resources
House Natural Resources

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Poncho Nevarez

Bill Caption

Relating to municipal rates for water and sewer service charged to public school districts.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 2852, if passed, would modify the Water Code (Subchapter C, Chapter 13) by adding two new sections (13.044 and 13.088) which deal with municipal fees charges to certain districts. Essentially, the bill would prohibit municipalities from charging special districts (namely school districts) fees based on the number of district students or employees. Rather, fees would be required to be based on the volume of retail water or sewer water processed by the municipally owned utilities in question.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 2852 is a prudent bill. It is indeed more equitable and sensible to establish fees based on volume of water processed as opposed to perhaps unrelated attributes of the districts in question. That said, the bill essentially manages the relationship between various government agencies and does not affect our principles one way or another. As such we are neutral on HB 2852.

Organizations Opposed

City of Austin
City of Dallas
City of Lubbock
City of San Antonio
Texas Municipal League
Texas Water Conservation Association