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AUSTIN — As the Lower Colorado River Authority moves to sell costly retail water and wastewater systems, Burnet County officials are expressing frustration with the water purveyor, saying there was delayed communication on a deal that directly affects their constituents.

“The concern is that LCRA offered to sell us a utility, Bonanza Beach, through a press release without having ever spoken with us about it,” said Burnet County Judge Donna Klaeger in a phone interview April 19.

What’s more, said Klaeger, the county isn’t even in the business of running such a utility. This also is the second time officials have learned of LCRA’s sell-off plans through a press release, instead of governmental channels.