The foregone conclussion is here. The Senate and House in the state have passed legislation to sieze the water from Asheville, without so much as mentioning Asheville by name, but singling it out in such obvious ways that it is almost embarassing to not come right out and admit to it.
Now, it moves to the desk of Puppet Pat, the Governor who wishes he could be a real boy someday. And, as weak-willed and spineless (which must be the GOP definition when they say the word "moderate") as he is, he will sign it.
Key facts are that, the Senate amended the legistlation to include MSD having the ability to levy new property taxes once they take over the water system. As well, it is important to note that the House passed it one vote shy of being a veto-proof majority. So, there may be something to watch there, as things unfold.
Nevermind that MSD had a major meltdown in Asheville this week, when a problem caused 7 million gallons of sewage to flow into the French Broad River for over 7 hours, two days ago.
Now, the City Council is set to have an emergency meeting on Tuesday to decide whether or not to take legal action to prevent the water takeover. And at this point, we need to flood them with support in taking this action.
A caller a few days ago gave a differing perspective, but one that was heavily biased by a nearly 4 decade old problem that led to the MSD taking control of the sewage in the Asheville area. The city was horribly mismanaging things back then, and things were broken to a level that needed to be fixed. The caller expressed his admiration for MSD and his unhappiness with the City (due to a long since passed situation).
It made me realize that there may be some out there who are equally biased and viewing things through a quite old perspective. However, the one thing to keep in mind now, is that things are NOT broken. This is just another part of a power grab. And when you talk to people in the state who went through similar situations - be it in Wilmington or even Madison Country - their rates doubled and even tripled once things left the control of localized government.
So, give your support to the City Council. They have to fight this thing. Or else, we will all suffer for generations to come.