Greensboro News & Record Op-Ed: In water seizure by state, Asheville’s ‘only the first’

Op-ed: “Municipal water systems in power grab”
From the Greensboro News&Record

Last summer, the General Assembly stripped the city of Asheville of its airport, placing it under an independent authority. Recently, Charlotte has learned that it, too, may lose control of its airport in much the same fashion. The fact that it’s been done in Asheville was cited as a clear precedent for the Charlotte action. … As with the airport precedent, many of us believe that Asheville’s is only the first such forced taking of a municipal water system in North Carolina. The N.C. League of Municipalities is concerned as well: It is asking towns and cities to pass a resolution against the forced taking of municipal water systems. Dozens have done so. Others may simply keep their heads down and hope what is happening to Asheville won’t happen to them. …

About Margaret Williams
Editor Margaret Williams first wrote for Xpress in 1994. An Alabama native, she has lived in Western North Carolina since 1987 and completed her Masters of Liberal Arts & Sciences from UNC-Asheville in 2016. Follow me @mvwilliams

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