Home / Government and politics / Gainesville City Commission Launches Campaign To Maintain Control Of GRU

Gainesville City Commission Launches Campaign To Maintain Control Of GRU

By

A referendum on the November ballot will allow voters to decide if they want an independent board to replace the Gainesville City Commission in making decisions for GRU. Wednesday, the commission and other community organizations launched a campaign against it called “No GRU Authority Referendum Campaign.”

The board would be appointed by the city commission, but has some restrictions. For example, it must have a representative for large businesses and at least one member who lives in GRU’s service area outside city limits, residents of which are not currently being represented.

The new board would represent all of GRU’s customers, however, only residents within city limits are allowed to vote on the referendum.

“This is the most important local issue that we have going on between now and November,” Mayor Lauren Poe said at yesterday’s press conference.

The city commission voiced a collective opinion that they don’t support the idea and are urging residents to vote “no.”

“This is outside forces coming in and telling us, in Gainesville, how to run our business,” said James Ingle, a delegate for the Alachua County Labor Coalition.

“It’s bad for working people,” Ingle said. “It’s bad for the city. It’s bad for our future. It’s bad policy to govern our business from Tallahassee.”

About Mary Grace Scully

Check Also

Transgender People Weigh In On What Will Decide Their 2020 Vote

There are more than 100,000 residents in the state of Florida who openly identify as transgender. How will they vote?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *