FOSTORIA — Fostoria voters decided Tuesday that city residents should band together to buy electricity as a group.

An energy choice program, overseen by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, is authorized by state law. It allows citizens to band together to buy electricity and/or natural gas as a group, gaining “buying power” to receive a lower price than individuals would get.

Fostoria residents will be able to “opt out” of the program if they choose.

Of the 833 votes cast on the issue, 546 agreed to the measure while 366 voted against it.

In Seneca County, voters passed the measure by an unofficial vote of 318 for and 233 against.

In Hancock County, the unofficial vote Tuesday stood at 174 for the measure and 108 against it. In Wood County the measure passed 54 votes to 25.