Akron officials have abandoned a controversial and first-of-its-kind plan to lease the city’s sewer system after voters defeated the proposal at the polls.

Longtime Mayor Donald Plusquellic first floated the idea of leasing the system and using proceeds to fund a local university scholarship program earlier this year. Opponents gathered enough signatures to require a vote, and in November, voters defeated the plan. Officials said they would no longer pursue either leasing or selling the system or financing a new scholarship program.

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