MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. (KTEN) — At a special meeting Thursday, a proposal for the Marshall County Water Corporation to reorganize the corporation as an Oklahoma Rural Water District was approved, with 912 voters in favor of the change.

The MCWC's shift from a "corporation" to a "district" makes it eligible for additional funding in the future from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board, which provides funding to rural water districts.

"Another question that's been asked is: 'Will this effect my water rates? Will it raise them?' The answer is 'no,'" said Robert Moore, MCWC manager. "As a matter of fact, over time, we may be able to keep their rates lower."

The petition to become a rural water district will now be be finalized by Marshall County Commissioners.