Republicans at the General Assembly have completed their work to transfer control of Asheville's water system over the objections of Democrats.
The House voted 76-40 Wednesday to agree to changes by the Senate in a bill that would transfer control of Asheville's water system to a regional authority that already manages area sewage. The measure now heads to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature.
GOP bill supporters say the governing changes would end a long dispute over water for Asheville and portions of Buncombe and Henderson counties. The bill also creates the mechanism by which other regions could create similar districts.
Legislative opponents say the changes will cause more enmity in the region and argue Asheville has operated well under the current water system.
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