Meridian, Marion have special elections in August
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian and Marion are among cities and towns with special elections tied to franchises granted to Mississippi Power Company.
Voters will approve or disapprove an ordinance granting another 25-year franchise to the utility.
Mississippi Power now pays a 3% franchise fee even though the state only mandates 2%. If the measures pass, the utility will continue to pay that 3% fee to each municipality. If it fails, the fee paid to cities would be reduced to 2%.
Meridian’s election is Aug. 4 at 18 municipal precincts. Marion’s election is Aug. 11, with voting at Marion Town Hall.
Other municipalities in the state are conducting similar elections, with one 25-year franchise expiring and governments seeking to get approval for another 25-year franchise with Miss. Power.
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