Laurel voters approve Mississippi Power franchise agreement

Laurel voters approve Mississippi Power franchise agreement
Under the agreement, Mississippi Power will continue to pay a 3% franchise fee to the city. (Source: wdam)

LAUREL, Miss. (WDAM) - Laurel voters overwhelmingly approved an ordinance allowing the city to continue with a non-exclusive electric franchise agreement with Mississippi Power during a special election Monday.

City Clerk Mary Ann Hess said there were 119 votes approving the plan and only four against.

Under the agreement, Mississippi Power will continue to pay a 3% franchise fee to the city.

Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said the 3% fee brings in about $1.6 million to the city annually.

The vote to approve the franchise agreement takes place every 25 years.

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