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Greeneville Water System Question

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Reviewed Date: January 09, 2017

Original Author: 
Hardy, Pat
Date Created: 
Oct 20, 2014


Subjects:
Water--Boards
Water--Administration

Greeneville Water System Question

Summary: 
MTAS was asked if there is another water system that is owned by the city but operated by a separately elected Board, such Board having full authority to operate the system.

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Greeneville Water System Question

Is MTAS aware of another water system which is owned by the city but operated by a separately elected Board, such Board having full authority to operate the system (hire, fire, borrow money, pass the budget, etc.)?

The answer, so far, is no. We have not found a water system operating with such a structure. That’s not to say one isn’t out there, but we have not found one.

Notes:

  • Tullahoma has a Water Board with full authority, but they are appointed by the City Council.
  • Dandridge operated with a separately elected, full authority Water Board until about 5 years ago. Now Water is a department under the City Council and thus the City Administrator.
  • There are a number of utility districts with full authority (see for example the Erwin Utility District), but we can’t find any that are owned by a city.
  • There are many cities with Water or Wastewater Boards serving in an advisory capacity with members appointed by the City Council.

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