Municipalization of Boulder’s Electricity Headed to November Ballot
Two ballot measures related to municipalization, 2B and 2C, will be on the November ballot.
– 2B would raise the existing occupation tax (which Boulder voters approved last year to replace lost revenue from the expiration of the Xcel franchise) to help pay for legal and financial fees related to municipalization. If approved, 2B would increase most residential electrical bills by less than $1/month.
– 2C grants general permission to start a utility and for the authority to sell bonds to purchase Xcel’s distribution system within Boulder – and only if rates at the time of acquisition would not “exceed those rates” charged by Xcel.
As a 501c3, Clean Energy Action is choosing not to take a position on the municiplization topic, but to instead maintain our role as an educational organization. There are a number of local organizations, however, that have taken formal positions.
Organizations that support 2B and 2C:
Boulder Clean Energy Business Coalition
Boulder Smarter Energy Coalition: A New Era Issue Committee