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Question: There has been quite a bit of concern and complaints by citizens in oklahoma about the rate increases on their water and trash bills. I personally think it is mostly due to our inflated economy. Our gas and electric bills have also dramatically increased over the past several yrs. Who determines if a rate increase is to high for a rural community? And doesn't a city have to meet certain criteria on water rates to be able to apply for grants too? Noone likes all the increases in these rates but i hear people in my community complain as if they are being robbed, and blaming city officials for the hikes. Is their any information out there that show guidelines and standards so that those that feel they are being robbed can be better informed? thank your for your time and consideration.
Answer: Municipal owned utilities are given broad discretion with establishing utility rates. I attached a paper our attorney’s prepared for a workshop we had a couple years ago that goes into detail regarding rates, policies and terminations of municipal utilities.
Question: City of Healdton is an Oilfield and Agriculture community. Our community is located in the western portion of Carter County on HWY 76 and 5 miles North of HWY 70 on HWY 76. Population:2,788. The majority of the businesses is along HWY 76. The city operates a sewer and water plant; Our Lake provides the citizens with quality waterand three (3)wells to enhance the quality/Quanity of water. The Airport is under future construction of a new Runway within the next 60 days.
Answer: OML Executive Director has a goal of personally visiting all 462 member cities and towns as a part of her “good will” tour. The City of Healdton will be added to the list and we will be in touch for a time to schedule a visit. Thanks for the invite!