In response to word that Rep. Tim Moffitt‘s proposed legislation to seize the city’s water system will goes to committee tomorrow, May 26, Asheville City Council member Gordon Smith and the Chair of the Buncombe Democratic party are trying to rally opposition to the bill’s progress.
Earlier today, Smith posted a statement on the Scrutiny Hooligans political blog:
“On Thursday, May 26 the House Committee on Government is scheduled to take the bill (HB 925) up as it was written. There have been no discussions, no studies, no outreach to stakeholders, yet it is moving ahead. The City is responding.”
Smith then prints draft language from a city statement declaring Council unanimously against the proposed legislation, which Moffitt earlier said was “designed to drive the discussion.”
Smith’s statement was quickly followed by another from Buncombe County Democratic Party Chair Emmet Carney:
“I am shocked and appalled to write that Tim Moffitt has moved his bill to give the city’s water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District to tomorrow, Thursday the 26th. This is particularly galling since he claimed to have introduced the bill to ‘drive the discussion.’”
— David Forbes, senior news reporter