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.’”