That Ain’t Right – 5% EditionBy
So much for the argument that forcibly merging water with sewer would result in cost savings. It won’t.
A bill that repeals a 2009 law that allows the city to use some water revenues to make street and sidewalk improvements when it builds or repairs water facilities received final approval from the state Senate Tuesday.
Passage of the bill could remove some of the impetus for a separate transfer of the water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District, which is now tied up in the courts.
Ending the allocation allowed by the 2009 law yielded the savings consultants to MSD said would result when the water and sewer systems are consolidated. The bill passed Tuesday ends the transfer whether consolidation ever occurs.
City officials opposed the repeal, saying the General Assembly had approved the law because it recognized that other restrictions it imposes on the city water system create a hardship for the city.