Upcoming elections on May 11 in Choctaw and Harrah will give both cities residents the opportunity to approve a franchise agreement between Oklahoma Natural Gas and the two cities.
“This franchise will outline how Oklahoma Natural Gas and the Cities of Choctaw and Harrah work together,” says Martie Oyler, Oklahoma Natural Gas Community Relations Manager. “Residents will continue to benefit from safe, affordable and reliable natural gas service as they have for so many decades.”
The Harrah and Choctaw City Council unanimously approved both the franchise ordinance and resolution calling for special election.
What is a Franchise Agreement?
A franchise agreement lays out detailed rights and responsibilities between the City and Oklahoma Natural Gas for the next 25 years. The franchise allows Oklahoma Natural Gas to work within the city’s public ways to place, maintain and operate a natural gas system.
How Does Harrah and Choctaw Benefit?
Approval of this franchise would replace the gross receipts ordinance in place today. The revenue collected by Oklahoma Natural Gas on behalf of the City helps the City with future growth and improvements.
How Will It Impact Customers?
If approved, Oklahoma Natural Gas customers will see a 3% franchise fee as the line item description on their bill. This will replace the 2% gross receipts ordinance fee that is currently collected on behalf of, and paid to, the Cities of Choctaw and Harrah.
For additional election-related information, visit elections.ok.gov.
Oklahoma County Election Board
4201 N Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
- Thu., May. 06 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Fri., May. 07 – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Sat., May. 08 – No Saturday Voting
- Tuesday, May 11- 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Lines are possible at peak voting times. Wait times will likely be shortest at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Anyone in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.
For questions, please email ONG, with your service address and contact information, at CustomerRelations@onegas.com.