Vote Tuesday, June 11

Voters within Chickasha city limits will decide whether or not to renew the PSO electrical franchise on Tuesday.

The election will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 11. 

Voters may view a sample ballot or find their polling place at www.elections.ok.gov.

"The PSO electric franchise allows us to use the streets and alleys to provide electric service to Chickasha. The franchise also enables us to make new capital investments in our electric system while maintaining our existing facilities in Chickasha," Tim Husbeck, PSO External Affairs Manager said in a release.

"In return for this access, PSO collects and remits to the City of Chickasha a monthly franchise fee that in the last 12 months totaled $358,964.62. The City of Chickasha also saves annually on municipal street lighting costs through a special lighting program available only to those communities with a PSO electric franchise.  In 2018, those savings to the City amounted to $116,389.68," Hushbeck said. 

"In addition to the franchise-related financial impacts, PSO paid $562,949.49 in 2018 sales tax to the City of Chickasha, and $801,424.04 in Grady County property taxes."

PSO also invests in tree management, upgrading the city's electrical system and mitigating damage from inclement weather. PSO also offers for home weatherization to eligible customers in Chickasha. 

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