The Sewerage and Water Board oversees most of the water and drainage in the city. It’s faced lots of problems in recent years, including the floods in the summer of 2017, which revealed that many of the pumps and generators that remove water from the city were broken -- and that the Sewerage and Water Board was unaware.
An amendment on this weekend’s (Dec. 8th) ballot would change the makeup of the board -- replacing a mayoral appointee with a city councilmember or city council appointee. It would also require the board to send detailed reports to the council.
Supporters of the change say adding a councilmember would add more accountability and stronger oversight. Opponents say it could introduce political tensions to the board, which could get in the way of important decisions.