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Regarding the report about Brookings attempting to have our Coos-Curry Electric Co-op pay a franchise fee, this issue arose a few years ago and Co-Op management and directors wisely decided against paying a franchise fee at that point, and the "barter" agreement with Brookings basically was continued.

Obviously with our co-op being user owned any such franchise fee would need to be passed on to users, nearly every household in the city. The proposed fee amounts to a tax increase for us citizens without our being able to vote regarding it. Such a fee would especially impact less well off financially users to a greater extent.

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