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Citizen Asks If City Is Seriously Considering Privatization Of Water & Sewer System

September 23rd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The Fair Value Act in Maryland was touted as a way for cities facing mounting infrastructure upgrades to sell their assets to a private utility better equipped to finance necessary upgrades. During a recent work session,  the Cumberland Mayor and City Council received an introductory overview of a proposal from the Maryland American Water Corporation on the concept of privatizing the city’s water and sewer systems. The session was attended by water department management as well as union representatives. During the city’s regular public meeting, a citizen asked if the city is seriously considering privatizing it’s water and sewer system. Mayor Ray Morriss downplayed the notion that the city is entertaining the idea beyond the initial presentation…


3 Responses to “Citizen Asks If City Is Seriously Considering Privatization Of Water & Sewer System”

  1. September 23, 2019 at 5:50 am, Steve said:

    Sounds like another run around from the City Leadership….AGAIN!!
    Those folks are WOWs. Wait until the next election.


  2. September 23, 2019 at 6:36 am, Paolo Primavera said:

    Let’s think for a minute, How can we spend more of our taxpayers money? While we are at it, let’s get a feasible study done before hand and spend more un-necessary money and slant the results to privatizing water and sewer so a private company can raise rates to make a profit. WOW WHAT A CONCEPT!


  3. September 23, 2019 at 8:30 am, Carol said:

    Agree with Paolo. Census in Cumberland is dropping. According to the latest census residents in Cumberland is down to 19,821 and 18.5% are over 65/Yrs.. With a private company Water Rates can be set to their means. Residents can’t afford a increase. Look at what are Water rates, garbage are currently.
    Why has our Water Dept. left equipment and personal apparently un knowledgeable continue through years.


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