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Tuesday, voters will decide whether or not to allow the city to invest in hydroelectric plants like this one on the North Division Street Dam.

Oct. 31, 1993

Water flowing through the outlet is a tempting source of energy and money for the city.

On Tuesday, the city will ask voters to let it spend more money building hydroelectric plants to harness that potential energy. Officials say such plants may be the only way to keep taxes down in an era of increasing costs and ever-shrinking federal and state aid.

But opponents of the referendum — Proposition No. 5 on top of the ballot — say there are indirect costs voters should be wary of. If the city invests heavily in the power business, they say, private businesses may suffer and opportunities for development could be lost.

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— Compiled by David Wilcox