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Petition to Department Of Public Works (D.P.W.), Mayor Steve Olson, John R. Nelson

VOTE NO

Dear Property Owners, Very soon you will be receiving a letter or a survey from the City of Franklin. You will be asked to vote on extending water and sewer services East and West of 76th Street on Oakwood Road, and also on Ryan Road. What the city likely won't tell you in the letter is their intent to hook the City owned Department of Public Works Building (D.P.W.) on to that extension. This will all be paid for by the property owners affected. The cost will be astronomical, you would have to pay for both sewer AND water; and may force many to have the sell. Could this be the cities plan to force us out? The examples the city will likely give you for the cost will be based on a small suburb lot, so the cost will seem small but it's a per-foot charge; compared to what they are actually intending to build. If this gets voted down, the interested developer on the North-West corner of 76th Street Arendt Oakwood Road would have to pay for ALL of the services themselves. Your vote is HUGE!! A few years back, there was a vote/survey for people that would be interested in connecting to the Ryan Creek Interceptor. Many of you were undecided or never responded. The city took that (those who were undecided) as a yes vote. As many of you are aware, the Ryan Creek Interceptor was promised that only State Clean Water Funds money would be used for this with no tax needed by us, the property owners. We all see how that has turned out! PLEASE, VOTE NO, and don't let the city force us out! Please sign the petition and share to as many people as possible! Thankyou!

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Petition to Gainesville City Commission, Alachua County Commission, Rep. Keith Perry, Debbie Mayfield, George Moraitis, Daphne Campbell, Matt Caldwell, Clovis Watson, Kevin Rader, Lake Ray, Jimmie Smith, Charlie Stone, Jennifer Sullivan, Dane Eagle, Halsey Beshears, Jason Brodeur, Reggie Fullwood, Tom Goodson, Walter Hill, Matt Hudson, Mike La Rosa, Jeanette Nunez, Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, Ray Rodrigues, Doug Holder, James Waldman, Marti Coley, Jose Diaz, Clay Ford, Erik Fresen, Matt Gaetz, Larry Lee, Bryan Nelson, Daniel Raulerson, Darryl Rouson, Richard Stark, Greg Steube, Linda Stewart, Barbara Watson, Jim Boyd, Randolph Bracy, Evan Jenne, Mike Miller, Jake Raburn, Holly Raschein, David Richardson, Irving Slosberg, John Wood, Ritch Workman, Jared Moskowitz

Oppose Representative Keith Perry's bill, HB 1325

We call on our elected officials to oppose Representative Keith Perry's bill (HB 1325), which seeks to remove authority over Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) from the City of Gainesville.   We assert that GRU is owned by the City of Gainesville, Florida.  When we do not agree with the policies and programs of our utility, we will seek change through GRU's Board of Directors, our elected City Commission.  Where changes are needed, those changes should be decided upon by our community.   We support ongoing local conversations regarding GRU governance.  We do not, however, need or want the intrusion of Tallahassee politicians in governing our local utility.   Background: In 2002, Gainesville Regional Utilities (of Gainesville, FL) proposed construction of a new 220 Megawatt coal power plant.  That proposal was defeated by citizen opposition, and since then, Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) has evolved from a primarily coal-dependent utility to one with a diversified fuel supply and a significant investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency. GRU has been nationally-recognized for these accomplishments, and Gainesville is one of only a handful of cities that has actually fulfilled its 2005 commitment to meet the Kyoto Protocol mandate for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.  We also have among the highest percentage of renewable energy generation and the lowest per capita electricity consumption in Florida. The implementation of these policies has not been perfect, and various people and organizations in our community have raised issues regarding GRU, from concerns about increases in electric rates, to those who opposed the biomass plant, to climate change deniers and those whose sole concern is the cheapest possible power regardless of the environmental or social impacts.  Now a state legislator, Rep.Keith Perry (R), has filed a bill (HB 1325) to strip governance of GRU from our elected City Commission and reverse many of GRU’s energy policies of the last ten years. We recognize that GRU is not a perfect utility.  But it is our utility, owned by the City of Gainesville and directed by our elected City Commissioners.  We vehemently oppose efforts such as Rep. Keith Perry’s and other intervention by Tallahassee politicians into the local decisions of our community.  One look at the ineffectual oversight they are providing the state's privately-owned utilities confirms this assertion.  Where changes are needed in our utility, we will take responsibility for those changes locally, through citizen engagement and election of City Commissioners who best reflect our values.

Gainesville Loves Mountains
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