Sherwood citizens to decide on electric provider

    6:42 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
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    SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - Voters will head to the polls this spring to determine who will supply power to nearly a third of the homes in Sherwood.

    On May 14, a special election will decide on an agreement, which currently allows North Little Rock Electric to service areas of Sherwood.

    According to city clerk Angela Nicholson, the company has been serving more than 7,000 residents since last fall, when the Sherwood council voted to continue the agreement with NLR Electric.

    Proponents of the measure say NLR Electric customers didn't have nearly the outage problems that other utility customers suffered during the Christmas storms last year.

    But opponents say the deal is too costly. Don K. Berry, chair of the grassroots organization Citizens of Sherwood Together (COST), says homes and businesses will pay around $1.2 million more annually under NLR Electric than under a different service provider.

    Nicholson says the Senior Citizens Center will be open for early voting. On May 14, the day of the election, citizens can vote at their regular polling places.

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