Jan 3, 2013
Protect Your Water
The Council shall protect and promote the rights of the citizens of the City of Allentown to participate in a positive and constructive manner in the government of the City. Any citizen of the City may participate in the government of the City by [among other things] exercising the right of initiative and referendum as provided in this Charter or as otherwise may be provided by law.
We don't need to privatize the water to solve the city's pension woes. Privatizing Allentown water is the most costly option.
Petitioners' Committee Contact: Bill Hoffman 484-695-1157 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE: Suburban Wake Up Call
Residents of municipalities surrounding Allentown, served by the Lehigh County Authority with water, will be affected by the Water Lease Plan soon enough. Today's Morning Call reports that the Authority started using more Allentown water, with plans to increase the amount in coming years. A sale to a private company will eventually adversely effect the cost of that commodity. Suburban leaders saw fit to protect their citizens in regard to the NIZ tax grab last year, they should certainly do no less in regard to their drinking water. The townships mistakenly believe that they're protected by long term contracts, which would be inherited by the new operator. The devil will be in the pass along capital improvement costs. Unlike the NIZ, which only affected their citizens who worked in downtown Allentown, this plan will effect every property owner. Their silence on this matter is incomprehensible.
UPDATE: (9:30 am) I have just received notice from the City Clerk that the meeting has been rescheduled for January 8th, at 6:00pm