Mississippi Power Franchise Agreement Election
On Monday, October 5, the City of Waveland will hold a special election to renew its franchise agreement with Mississippi Power.
This agreement allows the city to receive 3% of revenue generated from residential, commercial, and industrial accounts. Without it, the city will only receive 2% of the generated revenue from residential and commercial accounts. The extra 1% equates to approximately $30,000-$50,000.
This revenue goes back into the general fund, which provides essential programs and services for residents.
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A “yes” vote will not impact residential rates or the services provided by Mississippi Power. A “no” vote will create a loss to the general fund of $30,000-$50,000, which will have to be made up for if it is lost.
Due to COVID-19, Waveland will operate only one voting precinct at Waveland Fire Department (335 Coleman) on October 5. The Waveland Fire Department will allow for optimal social distancing protocols. Sanitization protocols will also be followed. Voters are required to wear a mask upon entering the facility and to bring a photo ID. The precinct will be open from 7 am until 7 pm, and curbside voting will also be available.
You also have the option to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee voting will be available Monday through Friday, 8 am until 4:30 pm, at City Hall (301 Coleman Avenue) starting on September 15.
This election is not unique to Waveland. More than two dozen municipalities across Mississippi have already held their special elections this year to renew the Mississippi Franchise agreements. It is crucial that Waveland residents check the ‘Yes’ box to continue receiving critical funding for our city.
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Since a majority of us have been spending more time staying close to home or strolling about Waveland, like me you are probably discovering issues around town that you have never noticed before. If you notice an issue that the City of Waveland needs to address, please let us know about it.
The most appropriate and efficient way to report an issue is by using the “Report an issue” tab on the city’s website (https://waveland.ms.gov/report-an-issue). Once you have reported the issue, the report will be routed directly to the appropriate city department to be addressed. Examples of issues include but are not limited to: blighted property, potholes, and tree limb pick-up requests.
If you do not wish to use the online portal to report an issue, you can always contact the City of Waveland by phone at 228-467-4134, weekdays between 8 am and 4:30 pm.
Using the correct channels of reporting will help Waveland address an issue more effectively.