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I consider myself to be a very blessed and fortunate individual. I thank God every day for my many blessings. I have a wonderful family and I’ve had the pleasure to


work for you, our members, in a number of capacities throughout my career at Harmon Electric. One of my responsibilities as well as duty, along with the Board of Trustees is to make sure that your cooperative remains fi nancially sound. One method of determining this is by conducting a Cost of Service Study. In late 2012 the Board of Trustees approved that study to be conducted by R. E. Wilson Consulting Services of Norman, OK.


This study looked at how our present rates work and


how they affect the revenue of the cooperative compared to costs of operations. The study concluded that some adjustments were necessary. At the June board meeting the board approved those recommended adjustments effective in September. Any rate


adjustment implemented is not taken


lightly by the management and board. We understand it impacts you and your families’ budget. That is the reason our entire organization does everything we can to control expenses. But as I’m sure you know, the cost of everything continues to rise. This fact affects the cost of HEA doing business which in turn affects the rates you pay.


I’m sure you are aware we are still rebuilding the damaged lines from the ice storm of 2010. The repairs on our system, plus increases in the power costs we pay to Western Farmers Electric Cooperative have all contributed to the need for a rate adjustment. This is the fi rst rate adjustment we have implemented since early 2010 shortly after the January ice storm.


The good news is because of the steps the board, management and employees of your cooperative have taken to hold expenses down, the adjustment is not huge. The system wide average is a 2.99% increase. The percentage you pay will depend on what rate you are on and how much you use. I say good news because in 2010 our Rural Utilities Services Field Representative, using a long range forecast predicted we would need to increase rates at least 10% in the next few years. You can rest assured the Board of Trustees, management, and all the employees of Harmon Electric have not entered into this matter lightly. It took the due diligence of us all to keep this rate adjustment as low as possible. This is done every day with you, the member’s best interest at heart.


Our goal, as always is to bring you safe, reliable electricity at the lowest possible cost. We are committed to continue with that mission because we realize we exist because of you. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.


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HARMON ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION, INC 114 North First Hollis, OK 73550


Operating in


Beckham, Harmon, Jackson, Kiowa and Greer Counties in Oklahoma and Hardeman and Childress Counties in Texas


Member of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives National Rural Electric Cooperative Association National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc. Oklahoma Rural Water Association, Inc.


HARMON ELECTRIC HI-LITES - Lisa Richard, Editor The Harmon Electric Hi-Lites is the publication of your local owned and operated rural electric cooperative, organized and incorporated under the laws of Oklahoma to serve you with low-cost electric power.


Charles Paxton ......................................................................................... Manager


BOARD OF TRUSTEES Pete Lassiter ..................................................................................................District 1 Jim Reeves ....................................................................................................District 2 Lee Sparkman ...............................................................................................District 3 Bob Allen .......................................................................................................District 4 Burk Bullington ..............................................................................................District 5 Jean Pence ....................................................................................................District 6 J R Conley .....................................................................................................District 7 Charles Horton .............................................................................................. Attorney


Monthly Board of Directors meetings Held Fourth Thursday of Each Month


IF YOUR ELECTRICITY GOES OFF, REPORT THE OUTAGE


We have a 24-hour answering service to take outage reports and dispatch service- men. Any time you have an outage to report in the Hollis or Gould exchange area, call our offi ce at 688-3342. Any other exchange


area call toll free, 1-800-643-7769.


TO REPORT AN OUTAGE, CALL 688-3342 or 1-800-643-7769 ANYTIME


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