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Date: August 30, 2017
Farmington Late afternoon on August 29, 2017, the City of Farmington received District Judge Bradford J. Dalley’s “Order Denying the City of Farmington’s Motion for Summary Judgement and Granting the City of Bloomfield’s Motion for Summary Judgement,” entered by the San Juan County District Court the same afternoon in a case over the scope of Bloomfield’s right to purchase a part of Farmington’s electric utility properties.
“The process of litigation encompasses many stages and is inherently subject to many twists and turns,” Mayor Tommy Roberts said. “While we recognized the possibility of an adverse decision at this early stage of the process, we disagree with the decision and continue to have confidence in our legal position.”
City Manager Rob Mayes states, “The outcome of this case is very important to the owners of the utility system- -the citizens of Farmington- - and perhaps most importantly, to the utility’s customers and ratepayers, including those who live in Bloomfield.” For example, Farmington Electric Utility’s average effective residential rates remain nearly 20% below the average rate of utilities serving both the State of New Mexico and the Nation, and even more dramatically less than other local and regional electricity providers.
"For this reason, it is also very important that the District Court decision be reviewed and considered by a higher legal authority." Mayor Roberts further states, “The City Council will meet soon for the purpose of authorizing an appeal of the District Court decision. I will be in full support of that response.”