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LIVEWIRE | PAGE 3 POWER LINES


BY ZAC PERKINS, ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER


Now is the time to build facility (Continued from page one)


Loyalty is a prized virtue—to country, family, even the schools we attend. We keep those ties strong throughout our lives.


We at Tri-County Electric also have loyalties, to the members and communities we serve. We have deep connections here because this area is our home.


That means we care about improving the quality of life in the areas we serve. From sponsoring the scoreboard at the high school football stadium to taking donations for the local food bank, Tri-County Electric invests in the places where you live and work.


Tri-County Electric exists to provide you with safe, reliable, and affordable electric service—and doing so in a way that makes things better for future generations. Because electric co-ops operate on a not-for-profit basis, we have no need to increase revenues above what it takes to run our business in a financially sound manner. This structure helps keep your electric bills affordable.


We take our jobs seriously, but we also take our community roles seriously, too.


We don’t participate in these activities simply because it’s nice to do, or even the right thing to do. We do it because we are loyal to our members, our neighbors, our home—and have a mission to make life better in the areas we serve. n


THE COOPERATIVE’S HEADQUARTERS BUILDING IN 2005. CHANGES FROM THEN TO TODAY ARE MINIMAL.


The cooperative is in good financial health and today’s interest rates are very low. Now is the time to build to meet future needs.


Rates, equity and patronage capital retirements will not be influenced by the new building, although other factors outside the control of the cooperative may impact rates.


Regardless of where the cooperative’s facility is located, members will still be able to pay their bill at self-service kiosks in towns throughout the cooperative’s service territory or via any other currently available payment option.


Employees currently operate out of five separate buildings spread throughout Hooker: cooperative’s headquarters building, two modular


“The current headquarters building is more than 50 years old,” CEO Jack Perkins said. “We have outgrown it and it does not meet today’s standards such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.”


The cooperative is still in the early planning stages of building its new facilities. The land has been purchased but many decisions have yet to be made. More information will be shared with members as planning progresses.


buildings and the two warehouses. Having all employees in one facility will create efficiencies and a better working environment for the organization.


“We must meet the needs of our cooperative," Perkins said. “Members will be kept informed every step of the way.” n


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