SMUD Annexation May End Up On Ballot

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, January 11, 2006

SMUD’s board of directors Thursday is expected to approve a resolution putting the annexation issue before Sacramento County voters in November.

But Ken Payne – president of the Sacramento County Taxpayer’s League, which opposes SMUD’s annexation – says they want a June election.

"One of the reasons that we’re continuing to go forward with this even though SMUD has indicated that they’re putting it to a vote of the people is that what SMUD giveth SMUD can taketh away, in other words, they could change their mind."

The Coalition for Reliable and Affordable Electricty – a PG&E backed lobbying group – has collected 52-thousand signatures to put the issue on the June ballot.

SMUD’s board president Geneive Shiroma says it’s part of Pacific Gas and Electric’s plan to defeat annexation.  

"That is in PG&E’s playbook, they have fought off public power providing inexpensive and reliable service to surrounding areas."

The annexation effort started in 2004 when some Yolo County officials asked SMUD to take over service of 70-thousand PG&E customers.