Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, Lima (OH) Mayor David Berger testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works hearing on, “The Federal Role in Keeping Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Affordable,” on behalf of The U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Mayor Berger stressed that local governments are responsible for 98% of all expenditures on water and wastewater in the United States with very little help from the federal government. As such, mayors believe that Congress and the Administration should not impose federal mandates on local governments without federal funding to cover the cost of those mandates. Moreover, mayors are concerned that these combined factors place undue economic burden on city residents, many of whom are already financially strapped and unable to afford water-bill hikes.
Mayor Berger also highlighted the mayors’ urban agenda – The 2016 Mayors’ Compact for a Better America: A Call to Action — that calls on the Presidential candidates and Congress to INVEST in and PROTECT America’s cities and metro areas. Developing healthy, safe, affordable and modern water and wastewater systems is one of the key items on the Mayors’ agenda.