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Vote on local gas utility stands after recount

December 8, 2017
Traer Star-Clipper

The request for a recount of Public Measure A-Establishing A Municipal Gas Utility in the City of Traer was granted.

The recount took place on Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 9 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors conference room located in the Tama County Annex Building in Toledo.

A petition requesting a recount of Public Measure A was received on Nov. 16 from Alliant Energy.

At the conclusion of the Public Measure A recount, those voting in favor of the measure continued to prevail.

The recount determined a total of 269 votes were cast in favor of Public Measure A which designates Traer Municipal Utilities as the preferred natural gas supplier for the city. The 262 votes cast in opposition to Public Measure A were the same as the results from the canvass held on Nov. 14 after the election.

"Alliant Energy would like to thank the citizens of Traer who voted in the November 7 municipalization election," Alliant Energy's Mike Wagner said. "In the coming months, we will provide information and details to our customers as the city begins the expensive and risky process of condemning our system to take it over. Our promise is to provide our customers with safe, low-cost and reliable natural gas services as long as the city council and TMU allow us to operate our system."

Traer Municipal Utilities can now move forward with the process of pursuing condemnation of the natural gas infrastructure, with the eventual goal of local ownership of the gas utility.

"Recounts are vital to the integrity of the elections process," said Karen Rohrs, Tama County Elections Administrator. "Even when the outcome of an election does not change-as was true in this recount-recounts help to assure that all election participants can have the highest level of confidence that the results fully and accurately reflect the will of the voters."

Recounts are a public proceeding and members of the public and media may observe.

In a recount, the representative designated by Alliant Energy and election workers designated by the Auditor's office open the sealed voted ballots and use the voting equipment to recount the ballots to determine the official vote tally.



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