Rural Water Authority Creation Spurs Controversy
"The dispute is about whether a referendum should be held April 17 to form a sprawling new water authority that would issue water permits to residential, commercial and some other users. It also would have the power to levy taxes."
"At least three groups have hired lawyers to argue against the agency. Farmers fear loss of control over their land, while developers don't want to deal with another level of bureaucracy. The same goes for some municipalities, officials say."
"Supporters say it would protect the natural resources and isn't meant to stop development."