The Merced Irrigation District board of directors passed a resolution Feb. 16 to oppose Proposition 16, which would severely restrict the district's ability to sell electricity to new customers, MID said a statement.
The proposition would create a constitutional amendment forcing public utility companies, such as MID, to receive a two-thirds vote from the electorate every time it wanted to expand its customer base, according to MID.
"This is not just about preventing public agencies from getting in the electric service business; instead it is about limiting individual options and customer choice," said Wil Hunter, MID's board president. "The public has a right to know, and the board resolution is one step in this direction."
-- Jonah Owen Lamb