Make an informed vote.

These helpful resources provide more information so that Shakopee voters need to make an informed decision on the City Q1 referendum on the Shakopee Public Utilities Commission. We will continue to update this page with more information. If you have any specific questions, please contact us

COMMUNICATIONS

County Attorney’s Letter. Dated October 21, 2020, this letter was withheld from the public until after the election. It concludes that there was no crime committed relating to the salary cap issue.

MANAGEMENT-RELATED RESOURCES

Capital Improvement Projects report. This report discusses those projects. It clearly states how much the Commission budgets for those projects over the next five years.

Full report

Water summary

Electric summary

Municipal campaigning rules. A municipality’s ability to campaign for or against a ballot question is extremely limited.

An opinion issued by the Minnesota State Auditor in 2014: https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.68.196/i4z.70a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/MNStateAuditorStatementofPosition2014.pdf

Attorney General opinion from 2006: https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.68.196/i4z.70a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/AttyGeneral-Opinion-2006.pdf

1966 Opinion

City effort to remove referendum and thereby take away Shakopee citizens’ right to vote.

January 30, 2020 memorandum describing a meeting on January 13 wherein Tabke presented his proposal to take away the referendum vote from the voters: https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.68.196/i4z.70a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/memo-describing-Tabke-plan-1-30-2020.pdf

Shakopee Valley News article discussing legislation introduced by Tabke on May 11, 2020 seeking to take away the right to a referendum vote from the voters: https://www.swnewsmedia.com/shakopee_valley_news/news/tabke-introduces-roadmap-bill-that-would-allow-shakopee-city-council-to-dissolve-spuc/article_609f4344-516c-545a-b2e9-e12260d33774.html

Commission Meeting video excerpt, March 20, 2020. This clip includes discussion by Commissioner Mathew Meyer regarding the City of Shakopee subcommittee process to appoint new commissioners to the Commission.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmb95Wegu_o&feature=youtu.be

WATER-RELATED RESOURCES

Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH) water quality summary report. This report was issued October 1, 2020.

https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.68.196/i4z.70a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/SEHWaterStudy.pdf

Capital Improvement Projects report. This report discusses those projects. It clearly states how much the Commission budgets for those projects over the next five years. Water summary

Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Enforced by the Minnesota Department of Health, this act contains National Primary Drinking Water Regulations, which are legally enforceable standards and treatment techniques that apply to public water systems.

https://www.epa.gov/sdwa

Shakopee Valley News article about Shakopee water quality.  This article quotes Minnesota Department of Health’s Stew Thornley who stated that “Shakopee’s water is high quality.”

https://www.swnewsmedia.com/shakopee_valley_news/news/city-of-shakopee-questions-water-quality-spuc-officials-say-city-is-just-wrong/article_36441f46-7b48-5cd2-bea0-d8cdc654bac0.htmlRead the article here

Quarterly report on nitrate levels. 

October 3, 2019 report: https://secureservercdn.net/50.62.198.97/d4y.4b8.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/QrtNitrate_Packet-10-7-2019.pdf

Ehlers Reports showing Shakopee ratepayers pay less than average water rates.

2020 report. This report was submitted to the Commission on October 5, 2020. In this report, our outside consultants confirm that Shakopee residents pay less than average for their water when compared to various Metropolitan communities: https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.68.196/i4z.70a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Ehlers-Study-2020.pdf

2019 report. This report was presented at a Comission meeting on July 15, 2019https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.68.196/i4z.70a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Ehlers_Study-rotated-1.pdf

Metro Council water rate calculator.

This online tool demonstrates the various user rates for certain communities around Shakopee: https://metrocouncil.org/Wastewater-Water/Planning/Water-Supply-Planning/Water-Rates.aspx?fbclid=IwAR1IOEUhWnXD2ZBifed2sBg2n7WQXRsf9q%E2%80%A6%201

Articles about the Flint water crisis. There is absolutely no similarity to our water quality in Shakopee. It’s actually a good example of what can go wrong when government does take over utilities management.

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/flint-water-crisis-everything-you-need-knowhttps://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2016/12/former_state_emergency_manager.html

ELECTRIC-RELATED RESOURCES

Electric rates: cost comparison report. This report was provided to the public and City staff and Council in connection with the March 12, 2019 joint meeting.

https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.68.196/i4z.70a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/ElectricRateCostComparisonSPU.pdf

Article:Xcel Energy Ties Executive Pay to Emissions Goals: Minnesotans Pay the Price,” published by The Center of the American Experiment is Minnesota’s leading public policy organization. Orr, I., 2020. Xcel Energy Ties Executive Pay To Emissions Goals: Minnesotans Pay The Price. [online] American Experiment. Available at: <https://www.americanexperiment.org/2020/10/xcel-energy-ties-executive-pay-to-emissions-goals-minnesotans-pay-the-price/?fbclid=IwAR1VwdjFyzPbpxJSSKu3CDH64b_ZvStmH4Seg4rDtLRZfpjV12IRwq12JKo> [Accessed 22 October 2020].

Capital Improvement Projects report. This report discusses those projects. It clearly states how much the Commission budgets for those projects over the next five years. Electric summary

Read the latest brochure published by Shakopee Public Utilities.

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SPU brochure, outside panels. Click to view.

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SPU brochure, inside panels. Click to view.

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