$375 Million Dollar Proposition Decided By One Voter

By Abby Reed
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - NewsWest9 has discovered that one voter in Midland county is the lone decider regarding three propositions on the Midland County election ballot this year.        

All three propositions are regarding the creation of the "Midland County Fresh Water Supply District."  In order to vote on those propositions, voters must live within a 20 acre plot of land, west of the Midland airport.  However, only one person lives within that area, which means only one voter gets to decide. 
The lone voter, lives somewhere just off of Highway 1788 and Highway 191.  Newswest 9 spent much of the day, searching those 20 acres, looking for a home and a resident, who would vote come election day, but we found no homes.  However, NewsWest 9 has learned the land belongs to Fort Stockton Holdings, which is owned by oil man Clayton Williams.

NewsWest 9 has also learned the man who lives on this land is an employee of Fort Stockton Holdings.  According to Midland County Election Officials, the man has already cast his early vote. 

Here's what he voted on: Proposition 1 calls for the confirmation to create the Midland County Fresh Water Supply District.  Proposition 2 asks the voter to select five supervisors of the Water Supply District.  Proposition 3 asks the voter to decide whether to issue $375,000,000.00 dollars in revenue bonds to help develop the district.

Newswest 9 spent hours on the phone, trying to find someone within the Midland County Commissioners Court who could explain the propositions.  We also placed a call to the Secretary of State's office.  However, we found no one who could or would talk to us.

We also tried contacting Fort Stockton Holdings, with no luck.

For the past couple of years or so, Williams has been trying to pump water off his land in Pecos County near Fort Stockton to the Midland-Odessa area where it could be sold. That effort has brought objections from Fort Stockton and Pecos County officials as well as other communities along the Rio Grande that fear the water pumping will hurt their water supplies.