The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Local News

October 29, 2012

BREAKING: Mayor halts utility round up program

ATHENS — Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks has issued an executive order stopping further development of the Athens Utilities Round Up program.

The program would have allowed Athens Utilities to round customers' bills to the nearest dollar to create a fund for community grants. All bills would have been rounded unless customers called to notify the utility that they did not wish to participate.

There has been strong opposition to the program. Some objected to having to opt out of the program rather than to opt in. Some objected to money being spent for uses they may not approve of.

Marks issued the executive order today regarding the resolution approving the development of the Round Up program and charging the mayor with overseeing the program’s implementation.

The mayor notified members of the City Council and Utilities General Manager Gary Scroggins on Monday that the executive order stops further development of the program.

Money from those who did participate would have been placed in an account to fund grant proposals from 501(c)3 non-profit programs that benefit Limestone County.

Athens Utilities submitted the program proposal to the Athens City Council for approval because the council is the governing body for its utilities.

“Athens Utilities had good intentions with this program and saw it as a means to give back to the community,” Marks said. “Limestone County has always been a generous community, and many citizens wish to contribute to charities of their own choosing and do not want to be automatically enrolled in this program. We apologize for the confusion that resulted.”

Marks said if the city and utilities decide to pursue the program at a later date, he would request amendments, such as making participation voluntary.

1
Text Only
Local News
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee