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United Electric customers be getting a nice surprise on an upcoming bill.

The board of directors of United Electric Cooperative has authorized the retirement of a portion of 2018 allocated margins to United Electric members, totaling $800,000.

Members who received service in 2018 from United Electric will see a credit on the bill they receive in October.

Margins are allocated to members as capital credits based on how much electricity the member used.

United Electric is a rural electric cooperative owned by the members and governed by a board of directors. The cooperative has more than 3,600 miles of distribution lines that provide power to more than 10,000 meters in 11 counties across Northwest Missouri and a portion of southern Iowa.

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