TOLONO — Voters will have the choice of whether to switch electricity suppliers as a community.
This week the Tolono village board voted 4-1 to adopt a resolution to put a question regarding municipal electric aggregation on the April 9 ballot. They will be asked whether they want to let the village negotiate bulk electricity rates in an attempt to reduce residential and small-business energy costs.
Greg Kingston was the only trustee who voted against the resolution.
"I'm a little skeptical," Kingston said. "It's almost got a 'too-good-to-be-true' flavor to it."
Trustee Denny Davis said while he had no interest in using an alternative electric supplier as an individual customer, he felt municipal aggregation could bring lower prices.
"I'd be in favor of it," Davis said. "You can always go back to Ameren after (the contract expires)."
If voters approve the ballot question, customers now served by Ameren will be automatically enrolled in the electric aggregation program unless they opt out.