On March 22 the New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments before rendering a decision on the year-long Trenton Water Works battle, which has pitted thousands of Trenton’s citizens against the Palmer administration and a multi-billion dollar water company.
New Jersey American Water Co. seeks to buy all of the water infrastructure and customers of the Trenton Water Works in the neighboring townships of Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell, and Lawrence, for a sum of $80 million.
Trenton city officials hope to use the proceeds as a one-shot budget gimmick to plug a multi-million dollar budget gap they created after spending through the city’s coffers over the first nine months of this budget year.
The city initiated this drawn-out court battle when they sued a committee of petitioners who circulated petitions aimed at putting the sale ordinance to a public vote.
The case has wound its way through Superior Court, the Appellate Division, and was unanimously selected for a hearing by the Supreme Court justices earlier this month.
With a favorable decision the sale could be put to a November vote.