PRINCETON — Bureau County voters will decide in April whether they’d like the county board to negotiate an “opt-out energy aggregation program” for unincorporated areas.
The board approved on Tuesday placing a referendum on the next election ballot. If voters say yes on April 9, the law committee will decide whether to negotiate a uniform rate for users in unincorporated areas. If voters say no, the issue will be out of the county board’s hands.
“If (voters) say they don’t want us to mess with their electricity, then we’re done” said Mary Jane Marini (D-SpringValley).
Board member Rob Pozzi (D-SpringValley) said if this goes on the ballot it’s not necessarily saying the county board will negotiate the rates.
“It’s just asking the voters what they’d like us to do. Then we have to make a decision whether we do it or not,” he confirmed.
The referendum will only be voted on by residents living in unincorporated areas. The decision will not directly affect any other residents.
Board member Robin Rediger (R-Buda) confirmed that if users don’t like the rate that’s negotiated by the board, they can opt out at any time.
* In other news, the board approved a resolution to utilize Community Aid Bridge funds for first-phase engineering services for removal and replacement of the County Highway Nine bridge over Bureau Creek. The expense will not exceed $8,787.80.