The City of Georgetown and the Chisholm Trail Special Utility District have been working together for many years to improve water service and provide for the continued growth in the counties previously served by CTSUD. The City acquired CTSUD’s assets and liabilities in 2014 and became the certificate of convenience and necessity, or CCN, holder in early 2016. In short, this process transferred CTSUD’s responsibility of providing water service for portions of Williamson, Burnet, and Bell counties to the City. This transfer was initiated at the request of the CTSUD board of directors and has been confirmed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Travis County District Court, and the Texas Third Court of Appeals. Since the transfer, CTSUD has been working to dissolve its obsolete board of directors.
Texas Sen. Charles Schwertner, State Rep. Terry Wilson, and State Rep. Hugh Shine sponsored legislation in 2017 to allow for the dissolution of CTSUD. It is important for all water customers served by the City, including those customers in the former CTSUD service area, that CTSUD be dissolved and the cost of operating this entity be eliminated. CTSUD no longer provides any specific function related to the provision of water service.
CTSUD no longer has the authority or resources to provide any water service to any customer and has been effectively inactive for five years. However, the board is still compelled by state law to hold regular meetings and elections because it has not formally dissolved.
Senate Bill 248, which was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2017, creates a process for dissolution of the district. This law allows CTSUD to dissolve after Aug. 31, 2019, whether or not third-party legal actions are resolved. A planned vote on the issue of dissolution is scheduled for Sept. 30, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., at Ford Elementary School, 210 Woodlake Drive, in Georgetown.
This FAQ provides more background on the CTSUD merger with the City of Georgetown water utility and actions since 2011.