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City of Hercules Sale of the Electric Utility, Measure N (June 2012)

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A City of Hercules Sale of the Electric Utility, Measure N ballot question was on the June 5, 2012 ballot for voters in the City of Hercules in Contra Costa County, where it was approved.[1]

Since the measure was approved, it will give the city permission to sell the city-owned electric company.

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure N
Approveda Yes 2,987 76.69%
Source: Contra Costa County elections office


Steve Duran is the city manager of the City of Hercules. He wrote, "[Measure N will] allow the City to sell Hercules Municipal Utility (HMU). HMU loses money and is a drain on the City’s resources. The projected profitability that HMU was based upon never materialized due to the downturn in the economy and lack of a sound business plan. Measure N will stop the City from having to subsidize the utility, and any proceeds from the sale would be used to repay its debts and to satisfy other contractual obligations owed by the Utility."[2]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE N: "Shall the City Council of the City of Hercules be authorized to sell the Hercules Municipal Utility with the net proceeds designated for repayment of the Utility's debt and other contractual obligations, and any remaining proceeds allocated to the City's general fund?"[3]


  1. Mercury News, "East Bay races and measures head to June 5 ballot," March 9, 2012
  2. Hercules Patch, "City's Argument for Sales Tax and HMU Ballot Measures," May 1, 2012
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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