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January 12, 2013

Council to act on referendum

DANVILLE — Aldermen will make the final decision Tuesday night whether to place a referendum question on the April municipal ballot regarding an electrical aggregation program in the city.

The city council’s Public Works Committee last week recommended approving the question of “Shall the City of Danville have the authority to arrange for the supply of electricity for its residential and small commercial retail customers who have not opted out of such program?” be on the April 9 ballot.

An aggregation program gives the city the authority to enter into a contract for electricity on behalf of residents and small businesses who have not opted out of the program. Those in the program pay a lower rate for electricity, lowering their electric bills.

One resident, Cyril Ostiguy, already is participating in the reduced-cost program. He believes he’ll save a couple hundred dollars a year.

A November referendum for the county was determined to make the program available only to unincorporated areas, not the city. It passed by a 2-to-1 margin in the city.

The city would have the same “opt-out” program as the county’s.

The city can enter into an agreement with a consultant or negotiate with an energy supplier.

Officials with Integrys Energy Services, which is the county’s supplier, said they would offer the same cost per kilowatt hour to city residents as it does to county residents under the program.

The program, if approved in April, would be in effect within 60 days after the election.

Several aldermen also said they didn’t want the city to recapture additional funding through a tax/fee on the energy rate like the county did for funding for the courthouse.

Also Tuesday, council members will consider approving:

--The final plat of the Meijer Danville Subdivision Plat for 3623-3651 N. Vermilion St.

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