Town board discusses utility rates
The Okeene Town Board of Trustees and Public Works Authority met Tuesday, July 9, to discuss current town matters, including the hotly debated local utility rates that have been a common topic at meetings since December.
Trustees voted previously to conduct a rate study on the electric rates for the town. While that rate study is currently underway and is not yet complete, it was brought up during July’s meeting once again. Jim Luckie presented the board with data compiled from the State Auditor’s Office, from submitted budgets to that office. According to Luckie, the data consisted of utility and sales tax rates from 14 towns with populations under 3400 citizens, including Okeene. He asserted that these towns were all OMPA towns. Luckie’s data claimed that the electric revenue per capita in Okeene is $1000 above average when compared to the other towns, which included such towns as Watonga, Fairview, Fort Supply, and more.
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