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Salem City Council Expected to Complete Electric Aggregation Legislation Monday Night

By Bruce Kropp

The Salem City Council Monday night is expected to formalize ordinances allowing Good Energy to bid out the city's residential and small business electrical needs. The company expects customers to save 15 to 20 percent on their overall Ameren electric bill. Customers will be allowed to withdraw from the program. Ameren will still provide billing and provide the electric lines to customers.

The council will consider its tax levy for next year that has just under a five percent increase over this year's property tax collections. The increased amount of the levy will all go to the library to restore its 15-cent tax rate the council has learned is required by law.

The council could also act on limiting the number of liquor licenses in the classification being utilized for those wanting to offer video gaming. There is currently an unlimited amount of Class 'G' Licenses, which concerns Mayor John Raymer. Two new businesses planning to offer video gaming recently were granted liquor licenses.

The council will consider renewal of its partially self-funded health insurance plan for employees as well as renewal of its Risk Management Coverage that includes workers compensation and general liability insurance.

Second reading approval is on the agenda to continue purchasing natural gas through the Illinois Public Energy Agency.

A report will be presented on this year's Farmer's Market and future plans for the market. A public hearing on the electric aggregation ordinances is scheduled for 5:45 tonight at Salem City Hall, followed by the council meeting at six.  

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