Okeene officials continue to discuss electric rate concerns
Okeene Town Board of Trustees met Tuesday, June 11, for their regular public meeting. The meeting continued discussions from previous months on the concerns of residents and business owners regarding electric rates, with a few updates. Owner of Okeene Market, Ron Chapdelaine, attended once again, as he had done multiple times since December.
As with previous meetings, Chapdelaine compared Okeene to other communities, claiming that Okeene charges 14 cents per kilowatt hour while neighboring communities charge half that. Once again, board members stated that Okeene and these other communities provide electricity in different ways: Okeene working through OMPA and relying on this income for revenue, while other communities are serviced from OG&E and have other sources of revenue. Chapdelaine insisted that Okeene is 40% higher than those other communities; a statement with which the board members disagreed.
Vice-Mayor Skyler Greco explained that board members spent many meetings trying to figure out how to show relief to the community on the electric rates while still meeting the Town’s other budgetary commitments.
“In doing that,” Greco stated, “what we determined this year was, if we can do a 10% rate cut on the adjusted cost of the fuel that is required…We can start addressing the problem.”
The 10% reduction is purportedly going to be across the board, with the board members stating that they are focusing on conservative spending this year in their efforts to address this issue and still be able to maintain such needs as the streets.
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