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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 30, 2017 12:25 PM
From: Representative Kate Harper
To: All House members
Subject: Public Meetings Prior to the Sale or Lease of a Municipal Asset
In recent years, we have seen private companies take over municipally owned water and sewer systems. Often this is the right decision for the municipality and its residents. Sometimes the sale results in needed capital for the local government, or selling an asset that has turned into a liability. On the other hand, sometimes the sale results in much higher prices for the customers of the utility. I think the citizens of the locality should be able to ask questions and present their concerns BEFORE the sale is final.

Therefore, I plan to reintroduce House Bill 1956 which requires a municipality to have at least one publicly advertised meeting prior to finalizing an agreement to sell or lease a sewer or water system owned or operated by the municipality.

This legislation will ensure that the residents of the municipality are well informed of any sale or lease that may impact the services that they are provided. Therefore I hope you join me in cosponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB477