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Five Marion County Communities Now Set to Vote on Electric Aggregation In April

By Bruce Kropp

At least five Marion County communities and the unincorporated portions of Marion County County will be voting on electric aggregation in the April ninth non-partisan election.   

The Sandoval and Junction City Village Boards were the latest to put the issue on the ballot at their meetings Wednesday night.  Kinmundy had approved the ballot proposition at a special meeting Tuesday night and Patoka gave their okay at their regular Monday night meeting.  The Odin Village Board was unanimous in putting the issue on the ballot in a special meeting last week.  All five of the cities agreed to a consulting proposal with Affordable Gas and Electric (AGE) of Mt. Vernon.  

The company plans to make presentations to the Iuka and Central City Village Boards on Monday in hopes of giving their residents a chance to vote on the issue in the April election as well.  

In addition to Marion County, Affordable Gas and Electric will work with a number of other communities who have agreed to put Electric Aggregation on the April ballot.  They include Mt. Vernon, Dix, Belle Rive, Bonnie, Ina, Bluford, Waltonville and Woodlawn as well as the unincorporated portions of Jefferson and Washington Counties.    

The company will be responsible for public education prior to the election and brokering the electric needs of those approving the ballot proposition.  There is no cost to the communities, with Affordable Gas and Electric being paid through the successful bidder for the electricity only if the issue passes.  

Electric aggregation is designed to save residential and small business customers money who are currently served by Ameren.  Ameren would continue to deliver the electricity and bill the customers in the effected communities.  

The Marion County Board earlier approved a vote in unincorporated portions of the county.  They will use Good Energy as their consultant.  While Tri-County Electric customers can vote in the election, they are not eligible to participate in the aggregation process.

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