If the City of Boulder were to take over Xcel’s position as our local power utility, how would this effect the thousands of Xcel costumers who reside in unincorporated Boulder County? I sent this inquiry to the Boulder City Council (henceforth, the BCC) over a month ago, and still have not heard a response. Will we be allowed to vote on this matter? If not, and if this would effect our choice of power utility providers, then we certainly should be allowed to vote on this issue. We were not allowed to vote on issues related to Boulder’s water utility, even though we are its customers. The BCC makes many decisions that directly affect those who have no power to vote for or against the issues or the BCC councilmen. How democratic is that? (By the way, we purchase most items in Boulder, providing an enormous sales tax revenue, and our property taxes support the local schools.)
Perhaps to be more representative, the Boulder County Commissioners should also be a part of the power municipalization issue, as well as any other city issues that effect county constituents. In addition, there should be district representation.
In the July 24, 2011, “Camera Open Forum”, there was an excellent question posed by Roland Sharette, asking how Boulder’s plan to municipalize electricity would affect our natural gas?
I am sure the BCC reads the “Camera”, and hopefully reads its email. Where are the answers to our questions?