Rob Wielt, representing Affordable Gas & Electric, requested the electric aggregation question that failed last fall be put back on referendum in March. Wielt admitted AGE did not do a good job of educating the public about the savings customers could receive by getting competitive rates from Ameren subsidiaries. The committee approved the recommendation on a 3-1 vote with James Malone voting in opposition.
The county also agreed to let AGE provide natural gas rates for next year, using a variable rate contract. The county can’t get on the new rates until May 1, 2014, although the contract has to be approved by the of this year.
During the Fiscal Committee meeting, Treasurer Dan Knox reported there is $327,000 in the General Corporate Fund and monthly claims of $64,300 to be paid. Knox noted that all September claims have been paid, and a “large portion” of demand claims have been disbursed.
“We’re okay. We’re not walking in green pastures by any means — but there is no major crunch,” Knox said.
The county has a current bank balance of a little over $2 million.