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City of Boulder 2O Ballot Question Charter Requirement for Vote Before Electric Construction Debt

Shall Section 178 of the Charter be amended pursuant to Ordinance 8193 to require a vote at a general or special election prior to the enterprise incurring debt for construction to separate the existing utility system for the City to provide electricity to customers of the City by a separate system?Yes__ No__Major Provisions:The Boulder City Charter would be amended to require a vote at a general or special election before the City could incur debt specifically for construction that would create a separate distribution system to provide electricity to City customers. The amendment would not require a vote for the City to incur debt for other aspects of municipalization efforts.A vote for this measure would establish the requirement for another ballot measure before the City could incur debt for the construction of a separate system to provide electricity to its customers. A vote against this measure would not insert another ballot measure into the steps towards municipalization of the City’s electric utility.Background:Pursuit of municipalization studies and recent Colorado PUC rulings have resulted in requirements that the City pay the costs of separating the systems which will provide electricity to City customers and the systems which provide electricity to Xcel customers. The City also is required to pay engineering costs and litigation costs of the separation.
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Those IN FAVOR Say:

1. The measure empowers Boulder voters to decide whether to move ahead with funding of a Boulder public electric utility once all costs are known and the legal hurdles have been overcome. 2. Guarantees that the next exploratory step is focused on providing the information which Boulder residents and businesses need to make an informed decision about their energy future. Allows Boulder residents and businesses to see and evaluate whether 3. Xcel actually makes progress towards a higher penetration of renewables in a rapid fashion.
No organized opposition was identified by the time of publishing.

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