CHICAGO - The fate of Akron, Ohio, Mayor Donald Plusquellic's controversial plan to lease the city's sewer system and use the proceeds for a local university scholarship fund will be decided by voters after opponents forced the proposal onto the November ballot.

The move delays Akron's fast-tracked effort to solicit bids this month and close the first-of-its-kind transaction by the end of the year. City officials instead will launch a campaign urging voters to approve the proposal - apparently marking the first time a city has put a specific privatization proposal before voters.

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