Corpus Christi Run-off Elections
Corpus Christi Caller-Times: Desalination plants have become a contentious topic in recent months. Do you support the current plan? Why or why not?
CANDIDATES FOR MAYOR
Paulette Guajardo ~ Against Desal as Proposed. Current at-large Councilmember. Voted in favor of desal until recently. Now says “Your water rates will increase as this is a $200 million project without a price guarantee. I am the only candidate that voted for a price guarantee for the construction cost of this project. A desalination project is ten years away and will not address current water needs in a drought. Our taxpayers deserve greater opportunity to give input on a project that is our single largest expenditure. As Mayor, I will bring forth a water plan that addresses our water needs, considers the environmental impact, and is mindful of water rates.”
Joe McCombs ~ For Desal as Proposed. “Yes, I not only support but am proud to champion the plan. Water is absolutely vital to our future. Adding an affordable drought proof supply to our region is critical to our future economic well-being. When I joined the Council in 2016 and became mayor in 2017, I spent considerable time reviewing the multi-initiative that had been developed by prior Councils and stakeholders. I looked at cost, revenues, environmental issues and feasibility before becoming an advocate. I am convinced that the course set is prudent and will see us continue to lead the state in water resource management.” McCombs is the current Mayor and he believes there will be no negative impacts on the Bay. Source: KRIS debate.