Chamber Backs Coal Referendum

There's been a lot of pressure for the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce to take a position on the upcoming coal plant referendum. But members would not make a decision until they heard from both sides of the coal plant debate.

Chamber Chairman Bryan Desloge says it wasn't easy, but the 42 member board decided it will support the coal power project. However, they have their own terms.

"The board decided to support the coal referendum as it stands today with the request that the city considers deferring the referendum."

The city says the referendum will go on as planned with ballots going out to Tallahassee voters at the end of the month.

As for the chamber, they say although there are still many unanswered questions to be addressed, including those of environmental issues, they agree to support the project saying if it's going to be built in Taylor County, they'd like to see the city have a seat at the table.

Even if the coal plant referendum passes, the city says that does not mean Tallahassee utilities will participate in the project. It will just give the city another energy option.