Mayor Owen Henry and at least two Old Bridge Township Council members are considering a proposal to convert the independently–run Old Bridge Municipal Utilities Authority (OBMUA) into a township–run organization, which they would eventually sell to a privately–owned entity.
If successful, the proposal would have adverse consequences for the residents of Old Bridge. A township takeover would drive up utility bills in the midst of a fragile economy, accountability will vanish and residents will lose control of its source of water.
Here are some facts that all residents should be aware of:
- This predatory proposal is an aggressive attempt by the Mayor and Council members to steal the MUA’s revenue and surplus in order to supplement the Township's tax base — not to reduce costs.
- Old Bridge MUA’s surplus is ONLY used for rate stabilization, planned municipal utility projects and emergency projects due to catastrophic failure.
- Similar utility takeovers in neighboring towns have resulted in rate hikes, inadequate customer service and reduced local control.
- Privatization: A township takeover of the Old Bridge MUA would eventually lead to the sale of the OBMUA to a privately–owned water monopoly.
1. A privately–owned water utility is under little pressure to respond to customer concerns. This may result in poor customer service.
Help us stop a municipal takeover of the Old Bridge MUA. Sign the petition and let your decision makers know that you don't want a township–run MUA.
2. Private water suppliers, by nature, answer to stockholders (not the public).
3. Once water rights have been sold to a private water supplier, very little can be done to ensure that the private company will work in the best interest of the community.