"I will certainly try to support the work that we've done and the need for being able to come up with a mechanism for funding improvements," said Robert Gulley, program coordinator for the Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP) and a former senior trial attorney for natural resource issues for the U.S. Department of Justice.
plans to speak at Tuesday's hearing, and expects representatives of other stakeholder groups in the EARIP
to do the same.
"We're really going to be making a statement," Gulley
And because of the anti-tax sentiment prevalent in Austin, he
plans to stress the fact that the bill will not create the tax - simply the option for voters to choose it.
Without the special tax, Gulley
and others say the most likely outcome would be reverting to the same used ploy - charging those who pump from the Edwards more.
"That's the way these things work," Gulley