Big Government Republicans in Raleigh are on a roll, having succeeded in passing legislation that would illegally seize Asheville's municipal water system. Now the city is in the sad position of counting on Pat "Duke Energy" McCrory as their last line of defense. Anybody want to bet on what hizzoner will do when the bill lands on his desk?
Details below, via email from PARC. PARC stands for People Advocating Real Conservancy.
web site: http://www.ashevilleparc.com
Help Save Our Water!
Despite the sincere appeals from many of you, and the principled arguments made by representatives of the City of Asheville, the NC General Assembly appears ready to pass House Bill 488, the "Regionalization of Public Utilities". The main intent of this bill is to forcibly remove control of the Asheville water system and pristine 22,000 acre watershed from Asheville's elected officials, and put it in the hands of an unelected Board controlled by the State.
The studies have all been finalized: there will be no economic benefit to ratepayers from transferring control of Asheville's water, there will be no "efficiencies" gained - this is about wrenching control of water from the people into the hands of the State.
The threat of privatization of this vital resource still exists, and the threat to make this the first of many such seizures across the State still exists. We need to take a stand now.
Our best hope to derail this ill-advised legislation lies with NC Governor Pat McCrory. As a former Mayor himself, he has to see that the State seizure of municipal assets is a terrible idea. What City or Town will make investments and improvements in their infrastructure (the kind that Asheville has recently made in their water system), once the precedent has been set that if one greedy neighbor wants your assets, the State may step in and take them? This is what is happening to Asheville.
Please take a few minutes to send an email to Governor Pat McCrory.
Or call his office at (919) 733-5811. As always, please be polite, don't attack the bill sponsors, but be persuasive. Mention "Asheville Water" or the "Regionalization of Public Utilities" bill. Should the bill reach his desk, ask him to please Veto!
Thanks for speaking up for safe, public-controlled drinking water!