avlwatershedNorth Carolinas 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 and operated it for more than 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.

Let state leaders know you oppose 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.

This takeover  also calls into question the authority of state legislatures to arbitrarily transfer assets from one local government entity to another.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE.

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