The 51-page committee recommendation spearheaded by Rep. Tim Moffitt “calls for merging water and sewer services in Asheville and surrounding areas — but it doesn’t say how,” the Asheville Citizen-Times reports.
That could leave water customers — based on the sewerage district’s history — facing steadily increasing rates.
And, industrial users probably would not see any rollback of a city government effort to make them pay a greater share of the cost of their water. The sewerage district is doing the same thing for sewer service rates.
The Committee on Metropolitan Sewerage/Water System report contains no legislation mandating the transfer. That could happen in 2013, but there would be no guarantee of passage in the General Assembly.
Nor does the report say how much the city should be paid for the system — or whether it should be paid at all….