Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Council to Fight for Authority Over Water.(Final)

Byline: Dan McKay Journal Staff Writer

City Attorney Says Point Now 'Moot'

Albuquerque city councilors adopted a resolution Monday directing city attorneys to take action to protect the council's authority over water rates.

The move could result in the city fighting to overturn a recent water-rate increase, councilors said.

"If our only recourse is the courts, we ought to take it," said Councilor Greg Payne, a sponsor of the proposal.

The resolution now goes to Mayor Martin Chavez for his consideration.

The proposal declares that a city-approved joint-powers agreement giving Bernalillo County and the village of Los Ranchos some influence over water rates is illegal. …

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