Let public make choice

The City Council’s proposal to lease the Altoona Water Authority and its holdings is a short-sighted solution with long-term detrimental consequences to the citizens and communities the authority services.

Instead of quick fixes, the council should realize the impact such a misguided decision would have, to mention just a few: increased rates to the consumers, fracking of the land and loss of good paying jobs.

Water is one of our most valuable resources, and the Altoona Water Authority has developed one of the finest systems in the United States. This is too important of an issue to allow City Council to decide.

It is an issue that should be on the ballot so taxpayers make the right informed decision.

Rebecca Y. Winkler