Voters To Decide Water Authority's Future

(Toledo, OH)   Toledo voters will play a major role in the creation of a regional water authority. 

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and city council leaders announced Wednesday plans to ask voters to approve the Toledo Area Water Authority in November.  

The partnership between Toledo and eight suburbs is being touted as a way to keep water rates low, but a mid-March deadline to put the proposal before a judge is now on hold because of the Toledo vote.  A section of the city charter requires a public vote whenever there's any lease of a general public utility. 

Suburban leaders who were expecting the authority to launch this month say they'll start exploring other water options in case Toledo residents vote no.

The first in a series of public meetings to explain that proposed regional water authority begins tonight at Bowsher High School and will run 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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