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Your City Could Be Next: Take Over Of Water System

Dear Editor,
North Carolina's General Assembly is about to take the unprecedented step of seizing Asheville North Carolina’s municipal-run water system, which Asheville has owned and operated for over 100 years.  
The legislation would also force Asheville to turn over control of its pristine 20,000 acre watershed, to the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County (MSD).  The system has high marks from the State for water quality and management.
Despite unanimous opposition of Asheville City Council, and a referendum in which 86% of the citizens voted against it, the legislators involved intend to proceed with a forced transfer of the water to an unelected Board controlled by the NCGA.  
The precedents being set could be used to seize the assets of any municipality in the State.  Your city could be next.  (See www.SaveOurWaterWNC.com)
The Kure Beach Town Council should be commended for passing a resolution opposing the forced transfer of a municipal water system.
Kure Beach residents can contact their state Representatives, Susi Hamilton ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or Rick Catlin ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or Ted Davis, Jr. ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), their state Senator, Bill Rabon ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Thom Goolsby ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and Governor McCrory (www.patmccrory.com/contact/ ) to voice their opposition to the legislation.
Teddy Jordan
Asheville, NC