North Carolina's General Assembly (NCGA) is about to take the unprecedented step of seizing a municipal-run water system from a city, which in this case has owned & operated it for over 100 years.
Members of the NCGA intend to introduce legislation in early 2013 that would force the City of Asheville to turn over not only its water distribution system, but control of its pristine 20,000 acre watershed to the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County (MSD). Indications are that the City of Asheville will likely receive no compensation for the taking of these assets.
Please take a moment to sign this petition to the NC legislature and Governor Pat McCrory, which says:
1) I am opposed to any legislation that forces the transfer of any local government infrastructure systems or assets (in this case Asheville's 20,000 acre pristine watershed) to another city or entity, or to restrict or eliminate the ability of a locality to operate a municipal enterprise directed by elected officials for the benefit of city taxpayers and ratepayers.
2) I am opposed to any mandated takeover, as it sets a bad precedent for the future of all cities owning and operating municipal assets and undermines the confidence of municipalities to move forward to invest in their systems.
3) I am opposed to any mandated takeover, as it calls into question the authority of state legislatures to arbitrarily transfer assets from one local government entity to another.
Click here to sign and show your support of protecting the city's ownership of water rights.