Meridian leaders prepare for special election

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 5:42 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian city leaders are asking residents to participate in a special election that determines the relationship between Mississippi Power and the city.

Chief Administrative Officer Eddie Kelly says every 25 years, the city has to re-sign an agreement with Mississippi Power so the company can do business within the city limits.

Residents will vote on whether or not they approve granting the company another 25-year franchise. Mississippi Power pays the city a 3% franchise fee.

“We think that passing this is going to be good for the city. If we do not get this passed, it will take a definite hit to the city’s budget,” said Kelly.

The election is Tuesday, August 4.

Ward 1, Precinct 1-A, Ward 5, Precinct 5-D, and Ward 5, Precinct 5-E will vote on the first floor of City Hall. For other precinct locations, visit this link.

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