Citizens for Cooperative Power (SECO-Supported Petition):
A judge has ruled that the SECO-backed petition submitted by Citizens for Cooperative Power is illegal and ordered the City NOT to place the question requiring the sale of Bushnell Electric to SECO on the ballot. The judge also said that any ballot question on the sale of City property should include the terms of the deal.
Save Bushnell Citizens Group Petition:
That brings us to another petition from a newly formed group called “Save Bushnell”, which also conducted a petition drive to change Bushnell’s charter. That change would require the terms of a deal be shared with voters when they are asked to approve the sale of City property. Save Bushnell has collected the required signatures and the City Council is reviewing their proposed charter change. It has not yet been placed on the ballot.
In the meantime, Bushnell is continuing arbitration with SECO. The goal is to determine the fair market value of the section of Bushnell that SECO currently services. Once the facts are known we can continue the discussion about whether it makes sense to purchase SECO’s electric system in the city limits as allowed in our contract. We don’t know how long this process will take but the current calendar calls for a hearing before the end of the year.
Sumter County Times published a few articles on these subjects in their July 26, 2016 edition. Open the attachments below to read these articles!