Former mayor: Vote “no” to MAWSS takeover


Perhaps the biggest race for Mobile County this week, decides whether the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System will take over the Prichard Water Board.

A former Prichard mayor is asking voters to reject the referendum this Tuesday, June 3.

Former Mayor AJ Cooper issued a four page news release to the media Sunday. He’s calling for residents to vote “no” on the MAWSS takeover.

In the statement, Cooper talks about major changes within the utility over the past year and a half, including new board members.

Cooper says the board is now working to build its own pumping station, to bypass the high rates Prichard is forced to pay MAWSS for water.

Cooper goes on to say, “Over the decades, too many have worked too hard for our city to be taken apart piecemeal and taken away.”

Last year, voters approved the takeover in a statewide referendum.

The Alabama Supreme Court later said it was a county issue, and shouldn’t have been on a statewide ballot.

A “yes” vote on Tuesday means you support the MAWSS takeover.

A “no” means you’re in favor of the Prichard Water Board.

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