Though the area only includes about 550 homes, the group will have to gain the signatures of 9,300 BexarMet ratepayers (10 percent of the utility’s customer base) by November 20 to force the utility off the hikes, said resident Ann Marie King-Wethern. Of course, BM says they need the money to survive as a utility. But there would be no tears shed over a utility collapse, either. King-Wethern has already been talking with her new-found comrades about using the anti-rate hike momentum to press on for the total dissolution of the public utility by the Texas Legislature in the up-coming session.
Launched Friday night, the petition drive has already roped in several other homeowner’s groups. “I’m not intimidated,” King-Wethern told the Que2. “There are things to be gained through a rate-hike appeal, just joining together across these boundaries.”