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City of Bushnell, Florida

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                   Electric Expansion Info Update Image 04-10-2017

 The City of Bushnell has been a municipal electric utility provider since 1919, for nearly 100 years. In 1981, the City of Bushnell and Sumter Electric Cooperative, Inc. (now known as SECO Energy), entered into an Electric Service Franchise Agreement for a 30 year term. This agreement allowed SECO Energy to provide electric services to specific areas inside the city limits. The agreement included a purchase option clause that upon expiration of the 30 year term, the City could consider purchasing the SECO Energy electric plant and facilities inside the city limits that serve those Bushnell customers. Since the expiration of the agreement, the City has attempted to negotiate a settlement with SECO but has been unsuccessful. The terms of the Franchise Agreement outlined a formal process called Arbitration, where an arbitration panel of judges could determine the purchase price the City would pay for the system based on facts and evidence.

The arbitration hearing was held at the Sumter County Courthouse in the historic courtroom during the week of February 20-24th. Three arbitrators heard the considerations from both SECO and the City on the purchase option valuation for the service territory that SECO currently serves inside the city limits.

The City has been informed of the arbitrator’s final decision. Based upon the totality of the evidence presented to the arbitrators, the amount of the final award was very close to what the City’s own feasibility study indicated - approx. $5.1 million dollars. Remember, with this expense to purchase, there is offsetting revenue that comes from the selling of the new electric load. Now the City will be able to do a firm cost vs. benefit analysis to see if exercising the purchase option is a good decision for the City and customers. The City feels this is a very important decision and affects the future of the Bushnell Electric System. A larger customer base means more electric revenue to help offset operating costs, thereby spreading those costs out to more customers and possibly resulting in lower rates. It would be the City’s priority to provide the same great reliability to new customers, as our current customers enjoy. The Bushnell City Council will review all the information, carefully examining this purchase option and making a decision for the future of Bushnell in a specially called meeting, date to be determined.

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Download the attachment below for Final Arbitration Award Information.

If you have questions regarding this information, contact Susan Noell or Bruce Hickle at 352-793-2591.

The City of Bushnell is a small city in central Florida that is "Committed to the Quality of Life" and serves 2600 residents. We are currently seeking to fill the position of Utilities Director. This is an administrative and technical position directing the operation and overall performance of the City of Bushnell’s Electric Distribution, Potable Water, and Wastewater systems.   

The preferred candidate will be able to communicate effectively with good interpersonal skills and have a knowledge of  Electric distribution, Water and Wastewater practices and procedures with a minimum of ten years collective experience with a degree from an accredited university in an engineering discipline or related field. 

Click here for a complete copy of the job description.

Letters of interest and resumes will be accepted until filled.

Please email all letters of interest and resumes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by US mail to:

Kelly Marcoux, Director of HR
City of Bushnell
PO Box 115
Bushnell, FL  33513

The City of Bushnell is a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

ATTENTION ALL CITY OF BUSHNELL CUSTOMERS: CALLS ARE BEING MADE TO YOU PRETENDING TO BE THE CITY OF BUSHNELL!

We have had several customers report to City Hall that they have received calls from an unusual telephone number claiming to be the City of Bushnell. Please DO NOT give out any of your PERSONAL INFORMATION, it is a SCAM!

Customers have reported that it is an automated system telling you that your credit card on file is out of date and that you need to update that information now. They will ask you to press the number and then to enter your credit card information. THIS IS A SCAM , DO NOT DO THIS, HANG UP!

The City of Bushnell WILL NOT call you to update your payment information! Please be very careful and do not give out sensitive information to anyone!

When in doubt, please hang up and call your local provider to verify! DO NOT GIVE OUT ANY SENSITIVE INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE!

If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 352-793-2591.

ARE YOU AN ELECTRIC CUSTOMER OF THE CITY OF BUSHNELL?

* $500 ELECTRIC SCHOLARSHIP *

Scholarship may be used for college or vocational education

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

•    Applicant must reside in the home of a City electric customer
•    2.5 G.P.A. minimum
•    Graduating Senior - Class of 2017
•    Submission of an essay on required topic
•    Due Date April 17, 2017

For more information, download the attachments below.