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SB 891, 63rd Regular Session
Creating the Upper Lampasas River Municipal Water District as a conservation district, under Article XVI, Section 59, of the Texas Constitution, comprising the territory contained in the City of Copperas Cove, Coryell County, Texas, and the City of Lampasas, Lampasas County, Texas, as the boundaries of said cities existed on January 1, 1973, for the purpose of providing a source of water supply for municipal, domestic, commercial, and industrial use, and diverting, impounding, storing, treating, and transporting the same, and acquiring, constructing, and operating water facilities; providing for the exercise of powers granted by Chapter 25 of the Water Code to districts created under Article XVI, Section 59, of the Texas Constitution and other rights, powers, privileges, duties and obligations of the district; providing for a board of directors for the government of said district; providing for a confirmation election; providing the means and procedures of annexing additional territory to said district; authorizing the district to obtain permits from the Texas Water Rights Commission and from owners of permits; authorizing the district to acquire any interest in land for its purposes by condemnation; providing that any construction contract in excess of $5,000 should be made only after publication of notice; authorizing the district to issue bonds and providing for the payment and security thereof; providing that said bonds shall be payable either from ad valorem taxes or revenues, or a combination of ad valorem taxes and revenues; authorizing the issuance of refunding bonds; authorizing the execution of trust indentures, deeds of trust or mortgage liens to secure bonds payable from revenues or partly from revenues; providing for elections approving the issuance of bonds payable wholly or partly from ad valorem taxes; providing for assessment and collection of taxes; providing for receiverships under certain circumstances; authorizing the district to enter into contracts with public agencies, political subdivisions, and others, including specifically the cities of Copperas Cove and Lampasas and Central Texas College for any purpose relating to the district's powers and functions, including supplying water to them, and for operation of the district's water facilities; . . .

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