The Boulder Daily Camera editorial: Let voters decide utility options
Author: The Boulder Daily Camera - April 21, 2017 - Updated: April 21, 2017
One way or another, Boulder voters will get a chance to vote this fall on whether to continue a quest to municipalize the city’s electric utility, now in its sixth year with scant progress to show for it.
That is not the question before the City Council this week. There will be plenty of time for arguments on the merits this summer and fall, and we can guarantee that dispute will be fully aired by the usual suspects, and perhaps some new ones.
The immediate question is more limited: Should voters have an opportunity to render a verdict on one or both settlement offers from Xcel Energy, offers produced by more than a year of intensive negotiations with the city that both sides say were conducted in good faith?