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Bloomington and McLean County Municipal Aggregation head for vote

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:24:32 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

City of Bloomington residents next month are being asked to reconsider last year's rejection of a referendum over municipal aggregation. Phillip Carr of the consulting firm Good Energy says that phrase boils down to group purchasing power of electricity.

An Assistant City Manager of Peoria says the lower rate extended over a year would save him personally 220 dollars per year. Those who don't want to be part of the group can opt out. Ameren spokesman Roger Pontifex says the company is neutral.

Most cities and towns approve such referenda the first time. Of those that reject it, all but a couple have approved the measure with more campaigning on a second try. McLean County outside of the twin cities also has an aggregation referendum on the ballot April ninth. The Town of Normal approved the measure last November.

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