NC Legislators & Governor: We Oppose the Forced Taking of Municipal Water Systems!
By Kathie Kline (contact: http://signon.org/contact_creator.html?petition_id=33142)
To be delivered to: The North Carolina State House, The North Carolina State Senate, and Governor Beverly Perdue
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 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.
North Carolina's General Assembly 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 have signaled their intention 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.