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New Era News | Xcel Energy: City Council Rejects Franchise


On Tuesday, after much deliberation, City Council voted not to place the Xcel Energy franchise on November’s ballot. The council met to discuss both the franchise itself and the city’s options to put one of three types of utility taxes on the ballot. Though the question of the franchise was resolved, the issue of the “occupational tax” will be postponed to a second reading on Aug 17.

As an issue so integral to Boulder’s energy future, the public hearing was saturated with high tensions and aggressive opinions. Residents and demonstrators from a proceeding protest gathered in the audience decked with yellow shirts calling for council to keep Boulder’s options open. The council members later noted that the force of opposition encountered at the public hearing was “a well orchestrated message.”

Read the entire article in the New Era News:  Xcel Energy: City Council Rejects Franchise | New Era News.

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