Newark City Council To Vote On MUA Petition
By Andrew Meyer, WBGO News
September 10, 2012
The Newark City Council is expected to vote tomorrow on a petition that could determine the future of the city’s water supply.
The Save Our Water Ordinance would put the ultimate decision of whether the city creates a municipal utility authority to oversee its water supply in the hands of voters. The City Council voted down a proposal by the Booker Administration two years ago to create an M.U.A. Among those voting against it then was Councilman Darrin Sharif. He’s undecided on an MUA this time around, but he’s also frustrated with the Mayor.
“He should have provided information to the public so they can make up their mind, one way or another, whether they want to support an M.U.A, and he hasn’t done it. He’s waited two years later, at the 11th and a half hour and has pushed this before the council to force us to make a decision under the gun.”
The Booker administration says an M.U.A. is needed to undertake critical repairs to Newark’s water system. Proceeds from bond sales would also be used to plug a gap in the current year’s city budget.
© 2012 WBGO News
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