Meridian, Marion have special elections in August

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 6:11 PM CDT
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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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