With state governments jockeying to lease their roads and bridges to for-profit operators, the mayor of Akron, Ohio, has come up with a novel way to fund scholarships for public school students: lease the city's sewer system for up to $250 million. Mayor Donald Plusquellic hopes to have a deal in place by the end of the year, but as Rick Merolla, the city's public services director, admits, "We don't have a lot of models out there. We're still reviewing all the implications."

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