Athens voters to decide fate of water authority

Published on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 10:20 - Written by

(MCT) --On May 10, voters in Athens will decide whether to abolish Athens Municipal Water Authority and have the city take over its operation.

In September the authority notified the city that it wanted to change the 20-year fixed-term agreement it was operating under and in December filed suit in district court alleging the city wrongfully billing it for services.

The city council responded by voting to abolish AMWA.

AMWA then gathered signatures on a petition that put the issue of abolishing the AMWA on the ballot.

Meanwhile the legal action between the parties continues. On April 7, AMWA attorneys stated in a brief that the city has mismanagement issues. According to the document, since 2008, the city has budget deficits of about $2,7 million. Over that period, the city raised advalorem taxes from $.4437 in 2007 to $.6451.

The brief states that placing AMWA's property, assets, water rights and cash in the hands of the City would only threaten the viability of the city's water supply.