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Relationship with Alliant has been reliable -- vote NO

November 3, 2017
Ernie Cufr - Traer, Iowa , Traer Star-Clipper

I've lived in Traer for most of my life and I've never had a problem with Alliant Energy's gas service. The bill is reasonable and the company is easy to work with. So I believe if it works, why break it?

The TMU says they want to take over Alliant's system to lower our gas bills and to get more control. Meanwhile the head of the TMU told the Waterloo paper "rates will be lower, but we cannot promise that." Why should we pay more for something that is already in place and working well?

Is it right for a government group (a city) to take over a private agency? It may be legal, but is it right? I have had no issue with the services provided by TMU in the past, and appreciate the work they have done during outages. However, I do not believe they should get into the gas business.

If some very large unforeseen expense occurs, the cost would be passed on to the customers. This could be a major hardship for many of our town's citizens. With Alliant's huge customer base, it would only make a minor impact on customers' bills. I'm afraid the city will get control and we homeowners will end up paying the price.

I don't think giving control to the city is worth breaking a relationship with a reliable company. This thing has gone on for too long and it just isn't worth the risk. That's why I'm voting no in November.


Ernie Cufr

Traer, Iowa



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