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June 26, 2013

UPDATE: Incorrect case number may put county sales tax up in air

1/3 cent sales tax to pay Material Services judgement

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CLAREMORE —

The county has collected about $1.3 million in sales tax since the tax went into affect in November 2012.

Rogers County makes monthly bond payments of approximately $190,000 from the collected sales tax.

The $32.5 million bond financed through the Rogers County Finance Authority could be in question as well.

The authority board, which consists of the three commissioners, accepted assignment of the judgment on Aug. 13, 2012 in order to apply sales tax payments to the debt.

The board approved the documents containing the incorrect case number for the election that were also provided to bond counsel.

The Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said his staff has been in contact with the Rogers County Election Board.

“A court would determine if the election is invalid,” Ziriax said.

The Rogers County Election Board was provided the proposition by the county, according to Ziriax.

The responsibility of the election board is to conduct an election, he added.

“From the perspective of the reports that I have received the Rogers County Election Board conducted the election properly and according to the law,” Ziriax said.

The problem appears to be a defect in the way the proposition was written, he added.

 

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