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Asheville City Council asks Perdue for veto of water bill

As noted here yesterday afternoon, one of the bills still residing on Governor Perdue’s desk is a controversial proposal that would set the table for a hostile takeover of the city of Asheville’s $173 million water system (and perhaps, full-blown privatization of the public system).

Last night, the Asheville City Council voted unanimously to ask Perdue to veto the bill.

According to an article in the Asheville Citizen-Times:

“Members debated whether a gubernatorial veto would stand up and whether it is worth losing another provision of the bill that would protect the city’s seats on the MSD board in the event the agency merges with a Henderson County sewer system.

But they ultimately came around to the position of Mayor Terry Bellamy, who said Council should underline its opposition to a transfer.

‘I don’t support (the bill) and I don’t believe it was written fairly,’ Bellamy said.

This opens the door for our system and other systems around the state’ to be tampered with by the legislature, she said. ‘I don’t think we should take this and let it go. I don’t think this is right.’”

 

5 Comments


  1. sundance kidd

    July 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Veto the bill Governor!

  2. Frank Burns

    July 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I don’t see what their beef is, we have the Charlotte Mecklenburg Utility Dept here in Charlotte that handles both the sewer and water for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. It works fine.

  3. sundance kidd

    July 25, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    The big deal is the bill opens the door for privatization of the public’s natural resource, water, and the people of Asheville would prefer to use their resource without the meddling of Raleigh. Aren’t you a big government foe Frank?

  4. Frank Burns

    July 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Sundance, No I don’t know why Raleigh is involved, but I don’t understand the objection either. There must be some other objection because it would not be run by a private organization but a public agency.

  5. […] Perdue punts on Asheville water bill Post on July 30, 2012 by Rob Schofield No Comments It seems like a safe bet that every Governor given the option probably uses it, but there’s something enormously frustrating about Governor Perdue’s penchant for simply taking no action at all on bills sent to her by the General Assembly. This was the approach she took once again this past weekend on a controversial bill opposed by the entire Asheville City Council. […]

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