Vote against Prop 1, claims are not proven

OlympiaOctober 11, 2012 

During the Tumwater Fourth of July parade, I overheard a Prop 1 signature gatherer convincing a young couple to sign the petition saying it would “cut your electric bill in half.”

That sounded almost too good to be true and we know how the saying goes. The sponsors have not substantiated their claims of lower rates, and it is possible electric bills might increase. Unfortunately, if the Prop 1 is approved there will be no turning back.

In September, I attended a discussion of Prop 1 where the representative of the Thurston Public Power Initiative flagrantly gave misinformation and cast aspersions on Doug Mah and anyone who didn’t agree with his opinion. This made me realize how unfortunate it would be if our electric service and rates became a political football.

Puget Sound Energy has served our community well for as long as I can remember and there is no obvious need for a change. The company has invested millions upon millions of dollars into providing high quality and dependable systems and great customer service.

PSE has provided substantial support to local nonprofit organizations and this could be lost if the initiative is passed. For me, there is a lack of accurate information from the proponents and I will vote no on Prop 1.

I would ask the PUD to do the necessary studies and then ask for a vote, so we can all make good decisions.

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