In negotiations Tuesday, the Killeen City C ouncil agreed to build a new $3.4 million water tower for the proposed Bell County Municipal Utility District No. 2,as it moves toward a final agreement next week,

The 1,400-acre MUD development is expected to bring 4,500 homes to a 4-mile-long tract of land that abuts the city limits at the intersection of Chaparral Road and East Trimmier Road.

Residents of MUD-2 would buy their water from the city of Killeen and new water revenue is expected to help pay for the new tower, according to the draft consent agreement between the city and local developer Bruce Whitis.

Whitis will need the council’s endorsement for his bill to establish a new taxing entity in Bell County through the 83rd Texas Legislature, which is currently in session.

Taxes from MUD-2 would pay for utility and transportation infrastructure, garbage collection and other services inside the property, which is outside the city limits.

The city plans to annex the land in 15 to 20 years, according to Killeen’s water and sewer master plan.

At a Tuesday council workshop, members learned that the increase in demand for water will require a new 1 million-gallon elevated water tank to be built in south Killeen in seven years.

The current water infrastructure is only enough to supply sufficient water through the first 1,500 homes — or the estimated number of homes to be built in the first seven years of the project, said Steve Kana, Killeen’s director of water and sewer utilities.

“The density of that development is much, much more dense than what is estimated in the master plan for that (extraterritorial district) to the south,” Kana said.

According to the water and wastewater master plan, Killeen had planned to build a $3.5 million elevated water tank to service that area in 2028. MUD-2 would move that date up to 2021, depending on how fast the houses are sold.

If MUD-2 is fully built, it is possible that the city would need two 1 million-gallon tanks by 2028, Kana said.

Interim Finance Director Martie Simpson said that seven years into the project the city would have accumulated $3.6 million in gross water and wastewater revenues from the development.

City Manager Glenn Morrison said that figure was not “pure revenue” and did not include the cost of moving the water.

On Tuesday, council members Jared Foster and Jonathan Okray pushed for the developer to pay for the new tank.

“It seems to me if you are the one creating the demand for the product, you have some responsibility to generate the supply,” Foster said.

The council plans a final vote on the consent agreement at a special council meeting Tuesday.

Contact Brandon Janes at or (254) 501-7552

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Not sure about that one who wins is the one that shows up. One that wins around Killeen is one with the most money aka the developers. High density developments that could be annexed 15-20 years later as an option. Just what the city needs. 5 of 7 on the council aren't strong enough as a group to make smart decisions for the majority. They're friends with too many locals, business people etc. to make unbiased decisions. This is similar to previous councils. All the election rhetoric was just that-rhetoric! How many people asked to alter the high density development off Stagecoach? That council didn't listen & Yowell Ranch was built. This council is the same way. When only 2 of 7 try to change the flow of things & are in the minority all you can get is continued high density development. At least status quo is maintained for the old timers to keep milking Killeen.


@ They're friends with too many locals, business people etc. to make unbiased decisions. ---

Not being able to make an unbiased decision is correct. You can't socialize with someone and be expected to say No to them when a favor is asked.
It takes a strong willed individual to be able to stay faithful to their oaths to all the people,not just business or social acquaintance.

One bias that was shown was when the council had the chance to allow all voters, to vote for any candidate during an election,since all council members vote on what pertains to all the people.
But that idea was shot down by ones who decided they had a more important interest in people from certain districts.
A method which started with an old council and continues with the ones who now sit as representatives.

It seems it isn't as easy to change habits for the better, and be as unbiased, as some had promised to the people when they ran for office.

Its all really very interesting to watch, and to see if predictions that were made during the last election will come true, in how council members handle themselves in representing the citizens.


" Interim Finance Director Martie Simpson said that seven years into the project the city would have accumulated $3.6 million in gross water and wastewater revenues from the development."
I have to ask; what kind of crystal ball does the Finance Director have available?
There are far to many " if's " to be answered, to state with such certainty, the revenue that will be produced in that time frame.
Council members Foster and Okray make much more sense than to place that burden on the tax payers for such a development.
This whole operation could supply the state of Texas with bacon for a year with the pork that's being pushed onto the tax payers.
You people in Killeen better wake up and talk to your city council members.
The one who's going to win is the one who shows up!

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