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Malta residents approve water company purchase

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Town Supervisor Cynthia Young said 414 people voted in favor of the purchase, while 26 voted against it.

“We’re very, very excited to be getting in the water business,” she said. “I think this just showed that we got our message out and people understood the importance of keeping a utility in the town’s hands, so we’re very pleased about that. Also, thanks to the Mackay family who really has been a partner in this all along.”


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Saratoga Water Services, which is owned by the Luther and Mackay families, announced on June 10 that it had entered into an agreement for the town to buy the service. The proposed acquisition comes as the town seeks to find a way to continue supplying water to properties as it grows and as Saratoga Water Services owner Alex Mackay plans to retire and hand over the 45-year family business.

A water district has already been established to support the around 2,800 properties that would be impacted by the purchase. People aren’t expected to see any change in service or rate, according to a prior press release on the subject.

The water system has a capacity of 2.9 million gallons a day and is currently averaging 675,000 gallons a day.


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Frank Bradley of Thistle Drive was one of those who cast a vote in favor of purchasing the water supply.

“I think the town has a vested interest in keeping the water supply adequate and safe,” he said. “If it was sold to someone else, their interests would be more profit driven.”

Randy and Mary Woessner of Vettura Court were another ‘yes’ vote.

“I didn’t want to see a venture capitalist seize ownership because there’s a chance the rates would’ve gone a lot higher,” Randy Woessner said.

He said, hopefully, with the town owning it, the rates will stay low.


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Maggie Dinneen, also of Vettura Court, said she voted in favor of the purchase because she felt like everyone sort of had a stake in the water supply this way and better set the town up for the future.

Young said now the town will work on an ordinance on how everything will operate.


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