Hendersonville considers resolution against water system seizure, Times-News reports
From the Hendersonville Times-News:
During a meeting tonight, Hendersonville City Council members will consider passing a resolution to fight any North Carolina laws providing for the forced takeover of a city's water system.
The cry against a government grab was prompted by the city of Asheville's grapple with state legislators over the forced merger of its water system with a regional water and sewer authority. North Carolina's League of Municipalities has asked cities to join Asheville in their fight.
“MSD Amendments” (HB 1009) was introduced in the N.C. General Assembly in 2011 by primary sponsors Reps. Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) and Tim Moffitt (R-Buncombe). The law sets the stage for a “forced regionalization of the Asheville water system,” according to NCLM, and started the process of a mandated merger in 2013 should the city not comply.
Leaders fear it opens the flood gates to future mergers of other city-owned water systems.