Voters said yes to renewing the Public Service of Oklahoma electrical franchise on Tuesday night. 

The small turnout was overwhelmingly in favor of the proposition, which allows PSO to provide electrical services for the City of Chickasha in exchange for a monthly franchise fee. 

According to unofficial results from the Oklahoma State Election Board, 249 voted yes and 37 voted no. 

"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," Tim Husbeck, PSO External Affairs Manager said in a release distributed prior to the election.

"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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