Toledo's Mayor Pushes Regional Water

(Toledo, OH) Toledo City Council will open debate on the mayor's intent to put a regional water commission before voters. 

Toledo's mayor put a draft resolution on city council's agenda, calling for a vote on a proposed city charter change to form a regional water commission, where utility directors would decide future water rates. Toledo would get two commission members, any contract community just one. 

City council would get final say on water rates, but could only reject proposed fees with a three-fourths majority vote. The question is-- who's left to be a partner? Talks to a regional water compact fell apart and suburbs are now looking elsewhere for another water source. 

Toledo City Council would have to pass the proposal with a two-thirds majority by an August eighth ballot deadline to make the November ballot. 

There's an agenda review meeting at 2 p.m. today where the plan will be discussed, along with a public hearing planned August 2nd, 5 p.m.

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