Gainesville Mayor Responds to Alachua County Decision
Gainesville Mayor Craig Lowe has made it clear that he's not happy with the unanimous decision made by Alachua County Commissioners regarding the rate impact of the city's planned biomass plant.
On Tuesday, County Commissioners instructed the County Attorney's Office to bring them information about buying electricity from a company other than Gainesville Regional Utilities.
The vote came after a staff presentation showing a $200,000 increase in the county's utility costs when the biomass plant goes online next year.
Lowe says it was a political move two weeks befor the City Commission election.
However, County Chair Paula DeLaney says the motion was in no way political.
The county attorney is expected to come back with the legality of exploring other energy providers for county buildings.
Delaney says their decision is not part of a strategy to go against the biomass plant.
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