PSO franchise renewal approved by Tulsa voters

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa voters approved a 15-year renewal of the city’s franchise with Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) on Tuesday, PSO said in a press release.

With 100% of the vote counted, unofficial results show 75.82% of voters approved the franchise renewal.

The franchise gives PSO the right to use city streets, alleys and rights of way to provide critical electric services, perform maintenance and improvements, quickly restore power following severe weather, and support the city’s growth by serving new customers. As part of the franchise agreement, PSO collects important revenue for the city to fund essential services and right of way enhancement.

“I want to thank Tulsa voters for passing this historic franchise agreement to help us fund improvements for our highway lighting system and implement an aggressive power line burial program,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said.