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Your Opinion: Support for public vote on utility surcharge

Your Opinion: Support for public vote on utility surcharge

April 9th, 2013 by Bob Kettler, Jefferson City in News

Dear Editor:

Kudos to Tim Stallman in respect to his Your Opinion letter regarding Ameren's surcharge fiasco. Well stated!

His note says to me that there are many more out there who think the surcharge should be put to a consumer vote. SB207 would not survive a public vote, and unfortunately Mr. Stallman our legislators can not afford to have this appear on a ballot for the public to voice their opinion, as it would eliminate their financial cow, ie, AmerenUe, and reduce some of their monopolistic powers.

I sense a bit of concern from those who are backing SB207, as the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce placed a full page ad in the News Tribune on April.

They are saying that the ISRS means vital benefits for Missouri businesses, but nothing about the Missouri consumer or hard numbers to their proclamations. One of their claims was, "Sustainable, well-paying jobs now and in the future." Can they guarantee long term employment, type of jobs and what are they considering well-paying.

I have a problem understanding, "Streamlined regulations and lower costs." Are they suggesting our utility costs will be reduced? We all know that won't occur as long as we have people like Sen. Kehoe, Rep. Riddle and the MPSC in Ameren's ball park.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, if SB207 passes, the Fox will have the key to the hen house, and Lord help us chickens.