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Latest Update La Villa ISD, City Reach Deal on Water Bill Dispute

01/15/2014 12:00 PM

LA VILLA - A deal has been reached between La Villa ISD and the city of La Villa in the water bill dispute. This means students will soon be headed back to school.

Classes were cancelled earlier this week, after the city shut off water to the school district. La Villa ISD and city had been at odds over the district's water bill.

The school board president told CHANNEL 5 NEWS they have no choice and they'll accept an offer the city made yesterday. This is after the Texas Commis… Click to Read More


Emergency Reconnect Order Denied for La Villa ISD

01/15/2014 11:18 AM

LA VILLA - State officials denied an emergency order to reconnect water to La Villa ISD. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality heard the case between the school district and the city of La Villa this morning.

There were two issues at hand. The first was whether or not the TCEQ had jurisdiction to force a city to turn their water back on; the second was whether or not the children were in imminent danger. Both the city and school district has attorneys representing them in the … Click to Read More


Water Woes Continue in La Villa

01/14/2014 09:39 PM

LA VILLA - LCS Corrections pays higher water rates in La Villa than at any of the company's other seven prisons, corporate officials said.

The prison in La Villa is the top water customer for the city of La Villa. LCS officials said the city told them at one point they would have to pay a considerable amount to help pay for a new water plant.

"The city of La Villa has had trouble with their sewer plant now for several years. At one point told us that we would have to pay some … Click to Read More


La Villa Officials Insist on Need to Raise Water Rates

01/14/2014 07:19 PM

LA VILLA - The city of La Villa and the La Villa Independent School District continue locked in a battle over water rates.

The city and school district on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement to end the dispute. Both sides now will head to Austin for an emergency meeting with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The city insists that it needs the money to expand its water-processing plant.

The water system is working for now, city officials said, but it wasn'… Click to Read More


La Villa Schools Remain Closed

01/14/2014 03:28 PM

LA VILLA - Schools in La Villa will remain closed at least one more day.

City of La Villa and La Villa Independent School District officials failed to reach an agreement to end a dispute over water rates. Both sides now will head to Austin for an emergency meeting with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The city shut off water flow to LVISD campuses in late December after school officials refused to pay more than $58,000 for the service. The two parties failed to r… Click to Read More


La Villa ISD Athletics Department Pushes Forward Despite Campus Closures

01/13/2014 09:41 PM

LA VILLA - La Villa Independent School District athletic programs are relying on the help of other districts to continue practicing while their campuses remain closed.

The school district's campuses are closed until further notice after the city shut off water service. The city stopped the water flow after school officials refused to pay more than $58,000 for the service. The two parties failed to reach a compromise, preventing students from returning to classes on Monday.

Stu… Click to Read More


La Villa ISD Officials Ponder Options in Wake of Campus Closures

01/13/2014 08:21 PM

LA VILLA - Officials with La Villa Independent School District are considering which steps to take as a water dispute with city officials drags on.

Students will have classes on Saturdays to make up the days missed since the schools closed down. The students may have to attend classes on Saturday for the remainder of the school year once the dispute is settled.

The city shut off water flow to the LVISD campuses after school officials refused to pay more than $58,000 for the se… Click to Read More


La Villa ISD, City at Impasse over Water Rates

01/13/2014 07:20 PM

LA VILLA - The city of La Villa wants to charge the school district approximately $90,000 a year just to have access to water service.

The city shut off water flow to the La Villa Independent School District campuses after school officials refused to pay more than $58,000 for the service. The two parties failed to reach a compromise preventing students from returning to classes on Monday.

The debt racked up after the city raised the district's water rates last year. City offic… Click to Read More


La Villa ISD Students Unable to Attend Classes

01/13/2014 07:12 PM

LA VILLA - A water dispute between the city of La Villa and the school district is keeping hundreds of students from attending classes.

The city shut off water flow to the La Villa Independent School District campuses after school officials refused to pay more than $58,000 for the service. The two parties failed to reach a compromise preventing students from returning to classes today.

Eleventh-grader Clarissa de Leon said the impasse is frustrating.

"I'm a person that… Click to Read More


Water Woes Continue in La Villa

01/12/2014 09:52 PM

LA VILLA - There's a war over water in La Villa. The La Villa Independent School District closed its schools after the city took its water away.

The dispute is over the school district's monthly water bill.

The city wants the district to pay an extra surcharge each month on top of their bill. Saturday night both parties met for an emergency negotiation, but failed to come up with an agreement.

The war over water began in 2012.

The city first asked the school di… Click to Read More


Classes Cancelled at La Villa ISD

01/12/2014 09:20 AM

La Villa - The La Villa Independent School District has cancelled classes until further notice. District Superintendent Narciso Garcia says the schools are closed because of water and sewer services to the district.

It's a story CHANNEL 5 NEWS has been following for months. The City of La Villa says the school district needs to pay its water bill. The school board said the city's water rates are too high. The city raised rates in the last two years.

Now the Hidalgo County Heal… Click to Read More


La Villa ISD Turns to State for Help with Water Problem

01/09/2014 08:01 PM

LA VILLA - The La Villa Independent School District officials want the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to take over the city's water operations.

School officials said they will meet with TCEQ to present the proposal. They said it may be the only way to reopen their schools.

"I have a lot of faith ... that something good is going to come out of that meeting," LVISD Superintendent Narciso Garcia said.

The city of La Villa shut off water service to the school di… Click to Read More


La Villa ISD Schedules Emergency Meeting

01/09/2014 12:02 PM

LA VILLA - The La Villa ISD school board is preparing for an emergency meeting this weekend. The school district and city have been fighting over unpaid water bills, and the 650 students in the district are caught in the crossfire.

They're scheduled to return to classes Monday, but the city shut off water service to the district.

The school district is dealing with a $58,000 debt, after the city raised water rates last year. City officials said the money is needed to pay for a… Click to Read More


La Villa Schools Facing Formal Threat from City

12/20/2013 10:06 PM

CAMERON COUNTY - The La Villa Independent School District is facing a formal threat from the city.

The city sent the district a letter asking them to pay or go without water. The move is the latest in an ongoing struggle over water between the city and the district.

The dispute has dragged on for months. A rate increase is at the heart of the dispute. City officials said they have to courts to back them up.

City officials said they had to charge the district a higher r… Click to Read More


La Villa ISD Ordered to Pay Water Bill

09/11/2013 04:29 PM

LA VILLA - The La Villa Independent School District will have to pay the city $43,000 in delinquent water fees.

The district refused to pay the city's higher rate for water and sewer service earlier this year. School officials said the district was unfairly singled out for the higher rate. City officials said the higher rates are necessary to pay for improvements to their water plant.

A court ruled the school was not singled out and ordered it to pay the delinquent amount.

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La Villa ISD Cuts Jobs to Cover Water Bills

05/16/2013 09:22 PM

HIDALGO COUNTY - La Villa school officials said they have a plan to trim the district's budget by $500,000 to cover the city's skyrocketing water rates.

The La Villa Independent School District pays an average of $17,000 a month for water service. Similar districts pay about $2,000 a month.

District officials contemplated various options to trim the budget. One of the options included shuttering the middle school. Officials held two meetings with parents and opted for a differ… Click to Read More


La Villa ISD Drowning in Water Debt

05/10/2013 06:47 PM

HIDALGO COUNTY - La Villa school district officials want to know why their water and sewer bill is 10 times higher than before.

The school district gets its water from La Villa. The rate increase has district officials scrambling to find money. City officials said that is the price the district has to pay for safe drinking water.

"In a month, we're getting charged what other districts get charged in a year," La Villa Independent School District Board President Noe Castillo sai… Click to Read More


La Villa ISD, Municipality at Odds Over Water Service

02/15/2013 08:52 PM

HIDALGO COUNTY - La Villa Independent School District is once again locked in a battle with city administrators over water service charges.

School officials said the city wants to collect $17,000 for one month of water service. They said the city increased water rates without holding a public-comment session or giving previous notice.

The issue between the two entities has been brewing for years. The disagreement dates back to 2008, when a judge in Austin ordered the city to m… Click to Read More


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