VMEU sells electricity for residential, commercial and industrial use in
most of Vinton's city limits. Some areas on the edges of city limits
may be served by East Central Iowa Rural Electric Company or Alliant
Energy. If you have any questions about who will serve your residence
or business check with the Utility Manager or Power Line Foreman. Their
contact information can be found on the Contact Us page. VMEU provides
street lighting, security lighting, tree trimming around electrical
wires and many other services related to the sale of electricity to the
Other services that VMEU provides for the community are numerous. VMEU
provides maintenance on lighting at the city parks, city hall and
airport. VMEU provides help to our local hospital for Christmas
decorations and other lighting events and is responsible for city
street light Christmas decoration installation and maintenance. VMEU
staff also provides computer help to city departments and helps with
limited maintenance on the clock in front of the US Bank building.
Most years VMEU contributes to the City of Vinton a Municipal
Electric Transfer Replacement Tax in place of city property taxes. The
payment is normally a monthly contribution based upon the average of
the last five years annual contribution to the city divided by the last
years taxable kilowatt-hours delivered to our customers. Payment is
made if there are surplus funds in the utility budget. Do to budget
constraints caused by several large capital project investments the
Utility Board suspended contributions in 2011 and resumed them in
2013. The current contribution rate is $7,000 per month.
If your lights are blinking or completely out call us from 8 AM to 4:30
PM at 319-472-4707 (City Hall) or 319-472-4813 (Distribution Office).
If no one answers at the Distribution Office number during office hours
please hang up and call city hall. For all after business hour
emergencies please call the Power Line Technicians cell phone at
319-560-9871 or generations cell at 319-560-9870.