Despite a charge of erroneous mapping in the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's proposed annexation of Pacific Gas & Electric territory to the west of the state capital, the muni board ratified its annexation application to the Local Area Formation Commission. The vote was five in favor with one absent and two declining to vote September 15. PG&E raised the mapping issue last week, maintaining that the muni added 45 square miles in one section and elsewhere removed 23 square miles, meanwhile adding in at least 1,500 customers after the muni's initial vote on the annexation. In a September 13 letter to the board, PG&E attorney Chris Warner said the mapping changes mean that the entities that agreed to the annexation with an earlier map—Davis, West Sacramento, Woodland, and the county of Yolo—have not formally agreed to the new map. He also maintained that the board lacks jurisdiction to ratify the proposal. "It's disingenuous of PG&E at this time" to attack the muni's maps, said SMUD counsel Arlen Orchard. He noted that the muni has to depend on PG&E for the maps in the first place and alleges that the investor-owned utility refuses to supply data to support its claims. "They can't have it both ways—not providing information and turning around and criticizing" SMUD, he added. The new map is a product of avoiding parcel splits, according to SMUD staff. The old map included 42,000 parcel splits. PG&E accused SMUD of rearranging the maps to pick up high customer growth areas.