- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear Asheville’s challenge to a state law directing it to turn over the city water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Media outlets report that the court’s decision, announced Friday, is no guarantee of ultimate victory for the city, but a decision not to consider the appeal might have been fatal to the city’s chances of keeping the system.

A three-member panel of the state Court of Appeals ruled against the city in October, reversing a trial court decision in the city’s favor.

At issue is a 2013 state law that would give the water system to the MSD without any payment to the city. City leaders say the state was exceeding its authority and the city has done a good job of running the system.

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