Farm Bureau Official Warns Of Costs Of Water Woes

BROWNWOOD, Texas (AP) - The Texas Farm Bureau's head state lobbyist says state lawmakers have yet to craft a way to pay for a state water plan Texas developed in 1997 in response to a drought.

Billy Howe is the bureau's state legislative director. According to the Brownwood Bulletin, Howe told the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday that the state could lose $160 billion in income, $9.8 million in tax revenue and 1.1 million jobs if the state doesn't deal with its water issues.

Howe said Texas must find a comprehensive revenue source, such as a sales tax on water and wastewater, to raise sufficient funds. However, he said he is not advocating any specific funding mechanism.