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Majority of Pueblo residents vote against forming municipal utility

Posted at 1:49 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 10:45:11-04

PUEBLO — An overwhelming majority of Pueblo residents voted against Ballot Issue 2A in a special election Tuesday that would have allowed the city to end its contract with Black Hills Energy and create a municipal utility.

Nearly 20,000 voted against the ballot measure and about 6,000 people voted for it. As of Wednesday, the results are not official.

Pueblo City Council adopted an ordinance back in February to allow voters to decide if the city opt out of its current contract with Black Hills. The city entered a 20-year agreement with Black Hills Energy a decade ago, but state law lets municipalities ask voters if they want to opt out at the 10 and 15-year marks of the contract.

This is part of a years-long effort to end a relationship with Black Hills Energy. Many customers have become frustrated with their high electric rates, plus disconnect and reconnect fees.

Black Hills Energy says it is planning to make good on promises, including a 5-year rate freeze and a renewable advantage program.

Election results can be found by clicking here.


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