MIAMI — The Ottawa County Commissioners were the latest to go on record as opposing a huge rate hike by Empire District Electric Company.

Commission chair John Clarke read Resolution 2016-38, which included “be it resolved that the Board of County Commissioners of Ottawa County vehemently opposes the Oklahoma Corporation Commission approving such a disastrous rate hike for the benefit of shareholders of a Canadian company and further request that this entire application be made to go through the full-blown rate hike request process so as to give these citizens their due process rights.”

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission Thursday rejected Empire District’s “request for reciprocity” that would bring its Oklahoma customers’ rates in line with those in Missouri.

The OCC is calling for hearings into the request, which would raise the rates of Empire’s Oklahoma customers by an average of 37.8 percent.

Commissioners also approved a request from the Miami Seniors’ Center for financial assistance from the Grand Gateway Economic Development Association’s Rural Economic Action Plan fund.

Money would be used for new tile flooring at the center, which is located at 2104 Denver Harnar Drive.

In other action, commissioners:

* approved payment of $,647.50 for the BIA/Ottawa County stateline road project, and

* approved the allocation of alcoholic beverage tax from the Ottawa County treasurer.