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Asheville water bill headed to the governor

Posted May 1, 2013

— Asheville would lose control of its water system under a bill that received final legislative approval Wednesday.

Under the bill, which passed the House on a 76-40 vote, the city's water system would be managed by a regional authority.

"This has been a long and difficult issue for the people of Asheville," said Rep. Susan Fisher, D-Buncombe, appealing for he colleagues to reject the measure. 

The bill creates a mechanism by which other utilities around the state could move from city control to a regional authority. However, in every other case, the bill requires the cooperation of all the municipalities involved. The bill requires the move for Asheville. 

The measure now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature or veto. 

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  • floydthebarber May 2, 2013

    Ok McCrory your legacy is being written- do you have the guts to veto the most extreme, illogical bills coming from your lovely NC GOP cohorts? Or will you sit idly while your "moderate" reputation is smashed to bits?

    Your move. Choose wisely in a state that went blue in 2008 and almost did in 2012.

  • hp277 May 2, 2013

    This is little more than stealing Asheville's water & sewer system from the people who built and own it - Asheville taxpayers.

    It is stunning to see the hypocrisy of the NC Republican Party.

  • NC1st May 1, 2013

    It never ceases to amaze me how many are so vehemently against centralized power except when it happens to fit their interest.

  • whatelseisnew May 1, 2013

    "This is nothing less than larceny. Taking the property of Asheville Citizens who have built, paid for, and maintained the plant to provide clean water to themselves. How do you just decide one day that you can take the property of citizens and give to others?"

    Sadly this kind of stuff happens all the time. Strangely this legislature is supposed to be coming up with some pushback on the tendency of cities to simply grab land only for the purpose of collecting their graft from homeowners who had no desire to be inside the city limits. Our U.S. Supreme court completely destroyed our private property rights when they ruled local governments could take property from person a and give it to person b. If I had known that was coming, I never would have bought property. It seems utterly pointless for the average person. remember the drought, for a while they were actually talking about REGULATING private wells and putting some sort of water meter in. thankfully the drought ended.

  • sisu May 1, 2013

    I wonder why they hate Asheville so much to single it out. Shouldn't all the municipalities have to pony up? I mean, if there aren't going to be different environmental laws allowed then why are we treating Asheville differently? Do they have better water? Are they going to have their own water withheld if they don't behave?

    Totally bizarre.

  • tekay May 1, 2013

    This is nothing less than larceny. Taking the property of Asheville Citizens who have built, paid for, and maintained the plant to provide clean water to themselves. How do you just decide one day that you can take the property of citizens and give to others? and this is Conservatism?? I use to think I was a conservative, voted that way, and after the last 6 months and actions in the legislature, realize that apparently I am not! The typical fundamental republican "fast-track" right back out of office! Can only hope the Gov. has some integrity!!!

  • caniac315 May 1, 2013

    You would think this GOP legislature had better things to go. They are very quickly making their way out of office. Unfortunately, it can't be soon enough.