Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Councilor: City Must Oversee Water and Sewer.(Final)

Byline: Dan McKay Journal Staff Writer

Payne Wants No County Control

City Councilor Greg Payne wants to go to court to protect Albuquerque's authority over the local water and sewer utility.

He has proposed a resolution calling for the city Legal Department to file a complaint fighting the transfer of the utility to a joint authority overseen by Bernalillo County commissioners and city officials.

The resolution was introduced last week, and Payne hopes the council will adopt it June 9.

The state Legislature earlier this year passed a bill putting control of the city's water utility in the hands of a joint city-county board.

"We should be working together on these projects and ensuring that we have a" sustainable water supply, said Senate Majority Leader Manny Aragon, a South Valley Democrat who introduced the bill. …

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