Kentucky Water Debate Is Hot Topic In Today's Election

It's one of the hottest races on the ballot, a referendum that a lot of people may not even understand.

The debate's lasted for almost five years and this marks the first time voters get a say in who should own the water company. We talked to both sides of the water debate. We asked two simple questions. What does a yes vote mean and what does a no vote mean?

It's a question of yes or no, but what lies behind each answer can get complicated.

A no vote clearly ends this divisive issue. That's from Kentucky American Water, hoping you'll vote no to condemnation of the water company. Nick Rowe says it's a debate that's gone on for 58 months and cost 1.3 million in taxpayers money. Rowe says, " I'm confident people want this to end."

Even Foster Petit, the head of the group for local ownership, agrees the debate will end, at least for now, with a vote of no. "If the vote is no, those involved will say, it's time to pull back for a while" But Pettit hopes that's not the case, he wants the city to own the water company meaning he'll vote yes Tuesday.

"It is a command to council to move ahead to negotiate to buy the assets of Kentucky American Water. A yes vote means 5 to 7 more years of litigation and legal battles. That's of course the water company line." Pettit says. He says the briefings and much of the legal work is already complete he sees litigation only taking a couple of years.

So again if you vote no Tuesday, Kentucky American will continue to run the water company. A vote of yes does not mean the city automatically owns Kentucky American it gives council the order restart the condemnation process.

Either way the public will finally have a say in who should own the city's water company.