The Midland Reporter Telegram contained a front page article that should have been a wake up call to complacent taxpayers. See Economic development tax: 10-year review detailing what the Midland Development Corporation has done and not done. In sum, they've taken in millions of dollars from taxpayers with negligible results in regard to industry diversification and job creation.
The anonymous bloggers at Jessica's Well have been hammering away at this for years, and back in '09 I suggested they get out of the house and take the initiative to get the tax repealed. Although I did acknowledge that it might be difficult getting signatures on a petition if they had bags over their heads. But the MRT has outed them. Problem solved. Ditch the bags.
As for what they need to do, the one called Ospurt left a comment on these pages with a link to a site purporting to lay out the procedure for accomplishing just that. There should be no stopping them now.
Midland has a more-than-ample water supply, and the water needs of industry and residents are met by both underground and surface water sources. The City of Midland controls 700,000 acre feet of underground water resources. The Colorado River Municipal Water District includes the O.H. Ivie Reservoir, Lake Spence and Lake Thomas, which combined contain 65.9 square miles of surface water.
Glad they cleared that up. Citizens are facing a $500 fine for accidentally spilling water onto the street, and here we learn Midland has a more-than-ample water supply. Someone needs to tell the city council.