Turnout is Critical - New Legislation Being Introduced
Water Privatization. Tell Council You Want the Voters to Decide.
Please come to City Council this Wednesday, 12/19, 7 PM. It's important.
We will be asking Council to quickly pass legislation requiring any water and sewer lease to go to the voters for approval.
We want this legislation in effect soon, before the mayor presents Council with a lease agreement for Council's approval.
Without this new legislation, the decision to lease the water and sewer operations will be for Council, alone, to make.
Turnout is critical. Council has to see and hear that the voters don't want Council approving a lease contract.
Over 4,500 Allentown voters (one-fifth of the total number of people who voted in the 2010 elections) signed petitions for a charter amendment requiring the city to get voter approval before it can sell or lease a city asset worth over $10 million. But the charter amendment requested won't be voted on until May 2013. The mayor will likely be presenting a contract to Council well before then.
Come out and tell Council you want them to pass legislation now that mirrors the proposed charter amendment-- legislation that says any lease agreement has to come to the voters.
Citizens for Allentown Water
Don Ringer, Glenn L. Hunsicker, Glenn S. Hunsicker, William Hoffman, Rich Fegley, Dan Poresky