DECATUR- The council also held a study session about power purchasing Monday night. They discussed "municipal aggregation." That means the city would enter into purchasing agreements with electricity suppliers, with the goal of lowering electric bills for homes and small businesses.
They discussed an "opt in" program where residents could enroll themselves or an "opt out" program in which they would be included unless saying otherwise.
City Manager Ryan McCrady says an opt out program could save people up to 30 percent on bills, but would have to be voted on in the November election.
Now the city will seek an unpaid consultant who will help with the referendum and bidding process.