NO. R-249. Joint resolution supporting a petition of the Village of Enosburg Falls Trustees to the Public Service Board for an electric rate reduction for Franklin Foods Inc.
Offered by: Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Collins of Franklin District and Senator Kittell of Franklin District.
Whereas, the fragile economic livelihood of the village of Enosburg Falls has already been damaged this year due to a major fire in the village’s center, and
Whereas, the potential departure of Franklin Foods Inc. from the village would deprive Enosburg Falls of a long‑established local manufacturer of cream cheese and other specialty cheeses that currently employs 83 persons, and
Whereas, one of the decisive factors in determining the company’s remaining and possibly expanding in Enosburg Falls, or relocating outside Vermont, is the cost of electricity which is currently approximately 12.8 cents per kilowatt hour, and
Whereas, it has been estimated that Franklin Foods Inc.’s electric costs would be lowered approximately four cents per kilowatt hour, should the proposal be implemented, and
Whereas, the village trustees have agreed to petition the Public Service Board for an electric rate reduction if Franklin Foods Inc. agrees to remain in Enosburg Falls, and
Whereas, authorization of the rate reduction will save potentially 83 jobs in Enosburg Falls, and it may create additional employment opportunities, should the company’s proposed expansion occur in Enosburg Falls and not at an
out-of-state location, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly urges the Public Service Board to support a petition of the Village of Enosburg Falls Electric Light Department for an electric rate cost shift intended to lower the cost per kilowatt hour that the village utility charges Franklin Foods Inc., and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Public Service Board, to the Village of Enosburg Falls Electric Light Department, and to Timothy Smith at the Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation in St. Albans.
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