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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

The City of Stillwater Environmental Programs division is holding its Household Hazardous Waste collection event Saturday, October 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Convenience Collection Center, 807 S. Perkins Road.

During this event, residents are encouraged to drop off household pollutants free of charge.

The City of Stillwater began sponsoring Household Hazardous Waste collection events in October of 1998. These events continue to help citizens reduce the amount of household pollutants in their homes while ensuring these pollutants are properly disposed of. The City is also using this opportunity to bring awareness to residents about the recycling opportunities the center offers.

Virtually any household pollutant will be collected, including oil-based paints, pesticides, herbicides, household cleaning products, mixed fuels, fertilizer, pool chemicals, craft and hobby supplies, rechargeable batteries and more.

The City will resume collection of pharmaceuticals at this event. Those items can also be dropped off year round at the Stillwater Police Department lobby.

In conjunction with this event, the Convenience Collection Center will be open to receive tires, oil, antifreeze, automobile batteries, rechargeable batteries, scrap metal, latex paint, fluorescent bulbs and any other everyday recyclables, though a fee may apply for some services.

The Convenience Collection Center will suspend receiving yard waste during the event, but will resume once the event has ended.

For additional information on the event, contact Environmental Programs Manager Chris Franks at 405.533.8482.

For information on the Convenience Collection Center, call 405.742.8269.

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FROM THIS CITY OF STILLWATER:

Candidacy filing for Stillwater City Council seat 5, Mayor, will be December 6-8, 2021, at the Payne County Election Board between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Council positions are a four-year term.

The General Election is February 8, 2022. The candidate who receives majority of all votes cast for the office will be elected. If a run-off election is necessary, it will be April 5, 2022.

The Payne County Election Board conducts all city council elections. The Payne County Election Board is located at 315 W. 6th Ave., Suite 207. Additional information is available online at: https://www.paynecounty.org/election-board.

Mayor Will Joyce has not announced whether he will seek re-election.

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

The City of Stillwater, including Police and Fire Departments, are excited to be part of "Stillwater Medical's Drive-Thru Trick or Treat" on Thursday, October 28.

The event will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stillwater Medical Plaza, located at 1201 S. Adams St. Many Stillwater organizations are expected to participate in effort to handout candy to the ghosts, goblins, princesses, and all kids in attendance.

“We appreciate our friends at Stillwater Medical Center for hosting and organizing this safe, family-friendly Halloween event,” said Stephanie Kinder, Special Events Coordinator for the City of Stillwater. “Kids will have the opportunity to dress-up in their Halloween costumes, trick or treat, and enjoy this time with their family.”

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

The City of Stillwater’s September 2021 sales and use tax collection totaled $2,997,156. The collection is based off of July transactions that were reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in August and apportioned to the City in September.

This is an increase from September 2020 total collections by $514,007 (20.70 percent).

  • The City of Stillwater’s sales tax collections in September 2021 were $2,737,541, which is up $489,135 (21.75 percent) from September 2020.

  • The City of Stillwater’s use tax collections in September 2021 were $259,615, which is up $24,872 (10.60 percent) from September 2020.

Hotel/motel tax remitted to the City in September 2021 totaled $47,397, which is up from September 2020 collections by $3,914 (9.00 percent).

While the increase in tax collections is encouraging, Stillwater is not experiencing overall growth due to the impact of COVID-19. Lack of growth in local sales tax generation limits future opportunities for expanding City services and capital investment. Still, the return of public activities and events, and the rebound of businesses, are hopeful signs.

For more information about the budget and taxes, visit the City’s Financial Center at stillwater.org/budget.

We also update a sales, use and hotel/motel tax report monthly at stillwater.org/document-center/detail/id/285.

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

Beginning in November,customers will see an increase of a few dollars on their electric bill that is repayment of the wholesale power purchased during the February winter crisis

The City of Stillwater will pay the full balance of $7,138,352 owed to the Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) throughout a 12 month time period. Only 50% of that amount will be recouped from customers throughout 36 months. There is no interest charged to the City or customers for these funds owed

Customers will notice a new line item on their monthly bill, labeled "PCA Storm Recovery." Due to the variability in energy usage and customer count throughout a 36 month term, staff will closely monitor and adjust the recovery rate to remain between $0.0020 and $0.0030 per kWh per customer per month. The "PCA Storm Recovery" line item will be removed from customer bills once the funds have been recovered

The average residential increase will be $2.50 per month and the average commercial bill will be $5 per month. A sample of a residential account statement has been included

The total amount owed to GRDA will be paid for with monies from the electric department's Rate Stabilization Fund (RSF) and the Stillwater Utilities Authority (SUA)

The half paid for by customers will replenish the RSF which could temporarily impact capital improvement projects such as the Sixth Avenue transmission line relocation, installing LED streetlights, scheduled vehicle replacement, and etc. However, this fund has absorbed unexpected expenses in the past to prevent customers from experiencing overwhelming increases in their bills

The Rate Stabilization Fund was designed to help our residents when we are faced with catastrophic situations such as the winter storm in February. These funds will be recovered in time and we will continue to strategically prioritize capital improvement projects in the best interest of our residents," said City Manager Norman McNickle

The half paid for by the City will be money from the SUA. During fiscal year 2021, City departments operated frugally through the first wave of COVID which in turn helped provide available funds for this repayment.

More information can be found at stillwater.org.

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