Decorah votes today on the prospect of creating a city electric utility

Decorah, Iowa – Decorah residents will go to the polls today to decide on authorizing the city council to explore the possibility of a municipal electric utility in the community. Emily Neal, with Decorah Power — a group supporting the effort, says a “yes” vote is a win for the northeast Iowa town.

Alliant Energy has provided power to Decorah for more than 100 years. Matt Cole, a spokesman for Alliant, says the utility has a proven track record.

Decorah City Manager Chad Bird explains the impact of a “yes” response from voters.

Bird says there’s no expiration on the authority, either. He notes that a “no” vote essentially stops discussion on the possibility, but only temporarily.

The Iowa Utilities Board has not approved a municipal electric utility since 1976.

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