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RESOLUTION 2018-16

RESOLUTION 2018-16

A RESOLUTION INCREASING THE FRANCHISE FEE FOR
UTILITY SERVICES PROVIDED WITHIN THE CITY OF
JOHNSON

 

WHEREAS, Arkansas Code Annotated § 14-200-101 provides for municipalities to set and determine reasonable franchise fees and determine the terms and conditions upon which public utilities may be permitted to occupy the streets, highways or other public places within their municipality;

WHEREAS, the franchise fee for utility services in Johnson is two percent (2%) and has not been changed for over twenty (20) years;

WHEREAS, rapid development in the area of telecommunications and video services have, for the last several years, produced almost continuous utility upgrade construction within the City increasing the required oversight by City staff and personnel of those projects;

WHEREAS, some utility contractors have brought about concern and complaints from our citizens requiring greater interaction between such contractors and City staff and personnel; and,

WHEREAS, a ninety (90) day advance notice is required for the utilities to begin collection of a new franchise fee when there is a change in franchise fees.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, That:

SECTION 1: Effective January 1, 2019 pursuant to ACA § 14-200-101, the franchise fee for product or services delivered by public utilities within Johnson, Arkansas, shall be four percent (4%).

Section 2: That certified copies of this Resolution shall promptly be provided to the Arkansas Public Service Commission, Southwestern Electric Power Company, Ozarks Electric Cooperative Corporation, Cox Communication, Black Hills Energy, AT&T, !nc. and any other public utility providing product or services within the City.

PASSED AND APPROVED this 11TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2018

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