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September 20, 2012

LETTER - Commissioners need to take initiative and retool road fund



The economic conditions had mad it almost impossible for developers to carry the burden of asphalting these roads. I do no recall that we ever intended the tax to last for ever. And to be abused the way it has been.
These guys and our new Rogers County Clerk are totally out of control with all of their antics involving alleged illegal expenditures on private property, double dipping on FEMA funds, illegal dumping, kickbacks, unnecessary travel expenses and so much more. It is true that one of our commissioners turned down FEMA fund to rebuild Keetonville Road in its current alignment? I am afraid to hear how the new courthouse and 911 center will turn out. I’m sure we are not hearing the whole story about expenditures, budgets and quality of construction.
Tulsa’s commissioners, Chairman John Smaligo, Karen Keith and Fred Perry exude professionalism and thoughtfulness. At least two of our commissioners exude stubbornness and an attitude that they are above the law. And, not too long ago, one of our commissioners was sent to prison.
I would encourage all of you to ask questions and take an active part in our county government before we become the laughing stock of the whole state. this 1 cent “road fund”  sale tax will again be up for extension soon. These commissioners should take the initiative to propose reallocating the fund for industrial development and incentives, possible capital improvements, together with roads and an allocated amount to more swiftly repay the judgement, so the extra 0.333 cent sales tax can be quickly dropped. Otherwise, we should vote NO to the extension.
Sam Cowherd

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