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Mar 15, 2013
Commissioners Poison The Water
The Lehigh County Commissioners have tried to chop the Lehigh County Authority at the knees, by not extending its charter the full term required to lease the Allentown water system. That bid currently requires a 50 year proposal, while the LCA's charter will expire in 36 years. Although residents of Allentown and Lehigh County would best be served by an Allentown Water Authority, issuing its own revenue anticipation bonds, that alternative was never on the table. The Commissioner vote strengthens the hands of the private company bidders, which will offer residents no local accountability. The LCA would become a middleman, between an Aqua America type company and the residents of Lehigh County. In reality, the longevity of LCA, at 36 years, is more assured by public charter than any private company, susceptible to business failures throughout its national network.