Where do you get the Vote No Keep FPU...

Where do you get the Vote No Keep FPU signs?

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fedup

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

#1 Mar 27, 2013
I saw one today and wondered?
FPU

Tampa, FL

#2 Mar 27, 2013
Probably at FOUR. They are about the only one I know of who wants to keep FPU!
fedup

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#3 Mar 28, 2013
you might be surprised
Knowledge

Bend, OR

#4 Mar 29, 2013
Very surprised!

Since: Mar 13

United States

#5 Mar 29, 2013
Okay so what if you vote yes for the City of Marianna to purchase FPU. How do you think it will bring the cost of our power bills down. When the City of Marianna will have to purchase equipment to take care of the power lines. Hire men that actually know how to work the lines. All I can see is the bill going up and up and up!
Floridian

Marianna, FL

#6 Apr 1, 2013
yellowdog23 wrote:
Okay so what if you vote yes for the City of Marianna to purchase FPU. How do you think it will bring the cost of our power bills down. When the City of Marianna will have to purchase equipment to take care of the power lines. Hire men that actually know how to work the lines. All I can see is the bill going up and up and up!
If Marianna purchases FPU what makes you believe that the equipment wouldn't be theirs as well? As far as I know companies keep their equipment on their books hence the purchase would imply that as well (even privately made software could be involved in the purchase). Also, purchasing the company doesn't imply firing the individuals who work their either (though they could suffer pay decreases). However, what it would change is the crazy flunctuation in prices whenever FPU feels like it. The city can't make a move without its citizens therefore that would give us more power over our bills (no pun intended).
Floridian

Marianna, FL

#7 Apr 1, 2013
In fact, here is a link: http://www.cityofmarianna.com/index.php...

It specifically states that Marianna would be purchasing the equipment as it is apart of the company that we are purchasing. No offense to anyone but please inform yourselves about the situation before coming to a conclusion or voting, please.
Barbara Morgan

Blountstown, FL

#8 Apr 1, 2013
I am so confused by the issue.....really have mixed feelings about it. My gut is telling me to vote no.

What are others thinking?
Floridian

Marianna, FL

#9 Apr 2, 2013
@yellowdog23

Marianna would save us money by charging what it takes to run the facility instead of charging us what it takes to buy some rich guy in Delaware a private jet. Yes, the current owner is in Delaware, and yes majority of your bill is profit for him not what it costs to run the place.
Clint Smith

Deltona, FL

#10 Apr 2, 2013
If Marianna was a growing city like Tallahassee I could understand it but it isn't growing therefore my bill will go up. I will vote no for it because the businesses aren't allowed to vote. The city is doing good to keep the water, sewer, and trash. FPU wants to keep it and why not let them, they have expierenced manpower and the equipment.
Just so you know

Tallahassee, FL

#11 Apr 2, 2013
FPU as a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy is required to make a profit. The florida public service commision rules on the specific percentage(i think it is now 12%). The city of marianna is not a publicly traded company and does not have to satisfy stockholders, only the residents of the area that will be served. Most of the costs passed onto local residents are for repairs and upgrades to equipment that is not even in our geograhical area, along with long term hedges on power contracts. We helped pay for Gulf Powers new scrubbers three years ago.
The city will see some amount of revenue and profit from the purchase of FPU. Those profits would be used for the betterment of our city.
Everyone should do their due diligence and become informed on this subject. It should not be decided lightly or by gut feelings.
Attend one of the open forums at city hall and get the answers to your individual concerns.
Clint Smith

Deltona, FL

#12 Apr 2, 2013
How can there be a profit if the citizens of Marianna have to finance 10 million or more for 30 years to purchase FPU? FPU is regulated by the Public Service Commission which means they regulate how much the bill can go up, the city will not be regulated so a panel of commissioners will decide and really doesn't have to answer to anyone. Profit my butt!!!
Just so you know

Tallahassee, FL

#13 Apr 2, 2013
Clint Smith wrote:
How can there be a profit if the citizens of Marianna have to finance 10 million or more for 30 years to purchase FPU? FPU is regulated by the Public Service Commission which means they regulate how much the bill can go up, the city will not be regulated so a panel of commissioners will decide and really doesn't have to answer to anyone. Profit my butt!!!
Where did you find the 10 million dollar figure.
It actually closer to 4.5 mil. The commisioners answer to the public everytime they make a decision. They have to inform the public through several different media outlets and there are two meetings the public may attend before they vote.
I would much rather have a local group decicing what happens localy than a board that was appointed, not elected, in another area of the state.
Guess you never went to a meeting or understand the voting process.
Clint Smith

Leesburg, FL

#14 Apr 2, 2013
You can double your figure for the separation of the lines going to different areas. I can be informed without going to the koolaid meetings and I understand the process enough to vote no.
fedup

Argyle, FL

#15 Apr 2, 2013
Do we really want the bunch who put the INSANE sign ordinance into effect running our power company? And have you ever tried to put a roof on your house and complete all their required paperwork and fees to both city and county if you live in the city???!! They already get 800 to $1 mill. from FPU as it stands now. Hell no i don't want this bunch setting my rates and building and buying their boondogles with my money.
Get a clue

Panama City Beach, FL

#16 Apr 2, 2013
Vote NO, NO, NO
Supportive Citizen

Crestview, FL

#18 Apr 3, 2013
Vote No! There are several reasons that it makes no since to vote for the city to take over. I can't imagine how a person on a fixed income that has a set time to pay monthly bills at different times is expected to be able to combine electic, water, and trash. This will all be due at the same time. The city gives no warning and is not people friendly when it comes to a past due or warning that you are being shut off. FPU makes several efforts and is willing to work with a customer. FPU puts money back in the community by supporting Relay for Life, Paint and Pork, and several local school sports and clubs (just to name few). When FPU is called for an outage, they work extremely hard during all hours of the night to restore power as quick as possible. I can't remember the last time the city responded in a quick or timely manner. A simple phone call being returned from a city commissioner takes longer than power being restored after a storm. Rates being lowered if the city takes over, don't see that happening when they will have to pay FPU over $800,000 a year not to mention the initial 4.5 million to purchase the lines and transformers. This is only to be followed by the outpour of more money in the future. Do the math and tell me they are going to be able to do a rate decrease. The meetings that I have been to, all I am hearing the city say is they can't make that a guarantee. The city has trouble maintaining what they are responsible for now, can't imagine them being in charge of one more thing. I don't think this all started from concerns for the citizens, I think it is more of a personal vendetta that some are trying to gain satisfaction from. Get over it! FPU has done and continues to do a phenomenal job. Thank you FPU for all that you do. My vote is NO simply because FPU has the facts and not lies. I proudly display my sign. GO FPU!!!!
Barbara Morgan

Blountstown, FL

#19 Apr 3, 2013
Supportive Citizen wrote:
Vote No! There are several reasons that it makes no since to vote for the city to take over. I can't imagine how a person on a fixed income that has a set time to pay monthly bills at different times is expected to be able to combine electic, water, and trash. This will all be due at the same time. The city gives no warning and is not people friendly when it comes to a past due or warning that you are being shut off. FPU makes several efforts and is willing to work with a customer. FPU puts money back in the community by supporting Relay for Life, Paint and Pork, and several local school sports and clubs (just to name few). When FPU is called for an outage, they work extremely hard during all hours of the night to restore power as quick as possible. I can't remember the last time the city responded in a quick or timely manner. A simple phone call being returned from a city commissioner takes longer than power being restored after a storm. Rates being lowered if the city takes over, don't see that happening when they will have to pay FPU over $800,000 a year not to mention the initial 4.5 million to purchase the lines and transformers. This is only to be followed by the outpour of more money in the future. Do the math and tell me they are going to be able to do a rate decrease. The meetings that I have been to, all I am hearing the city say is they can't make that a guarantee. The city has trouble maintaining what they are responsible for now, can't imagine them being in charge of one more thing. I don't think this all started from concerns for the citizens, I think it is more of a personal vendetta that some are trying to gain satisfaction from. Get over it! FPU has done and continues to do a phenomenal job. Thank you FPU for all that you do. My vote is NO simply because FPU has the facts and not lies. I proudly display my sign. GO FPU!!!!
Thank you!
helping hand

United States

#20 Apr 4, 2013
I just heard this morning that the city has now decided that they will "pick and choose" the residents and businesses they want to serve if they win. What does this mean? If you live inside the city limits and still vote yes, you may or may not be serviced by the city and their rates. I just pray that if this passes important not one that is serviced by the city. vote NO April 9th! Go fpu
WTH

Headland, AL

#21 Apr 6, 2013
Floridian wrote:
In fact, here is a link: http://www.cityofmarianna.com/index.php...
It specifically states that Marianna would be purchasing the equipment as it is apart of the company that we are purchasing. No offense to anyone but please inform yourselves about the situation before coming to a conclusion or voting, please.
Ok so here is the deal.... The City of Marianna has lied from the beginning and has published false and misleading statements to the citizens on purpose. The equipment was never apart of the deal, it was just an assumption of the misguided consultant. If you had attended the meetings, you would have heard the truth come out. Dean stated, "We assummed that FPU would allow us to purchase the equipment that is already in place. Fpu said no. We attempted to rent and that "was not an option either." The City would have to purchase its own substations (equipment) which range from 2-5 million dollars and atleast 2 would be required.(Additional monies not added to his model) It would be in everybodys interest to vote no because all of the figures are based on lies and assumptions that cannot be guaranteed. Keep in mind that their consultant came to his conclusions in 2009, and the figures have not been updated. This is now 2013 and with all of the new annexation and the time that has past, can you see a way for those figures not to have changed? The City is trying to sell you on false profits! Bottom line is that if Dean will lie to you before he gets it, what do you think he will do after he gets it? You know the bad service you are getting from City right now, it speaks for its self. He preached keeping the money local but still spends $50,000 plus on rec equipment in DOTHAN, ALABAMA, when we have vendors inside our City/County. He is taking your tax dollars out of the state, where is his concern for local business in his current practice? You cannot trust what they say because their actions proove otherwise. They are trying to feed you salt, and tell you that its sugar. If they have so much money in reserves and replacing poles, wire, and transformers, would not be a problem, then where were those reserves when they had 200,000 plus "Budget Shortfall" in 2009? Where was your "local control" when they raised the rates then? They need to practice what they preach and then maybe they might stand a chance with FPU... Dont only vote no, VOTE HELL NO!!!! If it was soly for the people, then they would not have lied to you from the beginning!!!

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