Consumers dump South Carolina electric coop's leaders

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ST. MATTHEWS, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina electricity consumers who co-own a rural power company are dumping the operation's leadership after finding out about big spending and lucrative personal benefits.

Media organizations report that more than 1,300 Tri-County Electric Cooperative customers voted Saturday to remove six board members who refused to resign. An election is expected in November for replacements to lead the co-op providing electricity in six Midlands counties.

Records showed the part-time board members had spent more than $50,000-per member on committee meetings and bonuses.

Customers also voted to change bylaws capping how much compensation board members can collect for attending meetings.

Tri-County serves almost 14,000 customers in Calhoun, Orangeburg, Richland, Lexington, Kershaw and Sumter counties.

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