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Cimarron Members Contribute 1.7 Million to Schools!


There are many advantages to being a member of an electric cooperative, including the significant positive impact it can have on your community.


Schools in the Cimarron Electric Co-op service area get a big boost each year from the gross receipts tax paid by the cooperative members.


In Oklahoma, a 2 percent gross receipts tax on revenue at the wholesale level and a 2 percent gross receipts tax at the retail level is levied upon electric cooperatives in lieu of ad valorem tax. All but 5 percent of that money goes di- rectly back to school districts in the areas they serve.


On the wholesale level, we are taxed 2 percent when Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) sells electricity to Cimarron Electric. We pay another 2 percent tax at the retail level when we sell the electricity to you, our mem- bers.


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The Oklahoma Tax Commission oversees the apportionment of the gross receipts tax. The amount paid to each school is based upon the number of miles of power lines that Cimarron Electric Cooperative and Western Farmers Elec- tric Cooperative have in each school district.


WFEC, Oklahoma’s largest locally owned power supply system, is a generation and transmission cooperative owned by 22 distribution coopera- tives, including Cimarron Electric Cooperative.


Watch Out For Kids!


The state of Oklahoma keeps five percent of the taxes we pay into the system and remits the balance to the 30 schools in Cimarron Electric and WFEC’s service area. Because rural schools benefit from these taxes, Cimarron Electric and other Oklahoma electric cooperatives firmly support this program. Over the years, various proposals to change the tax structure would have diverted funds away from rural schools. These plans were met with opposition from ru- ral school leaders and electric cooperatives.


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