Claremore Daily Progress

November 7, 2013

City sets election date for One-Cent tax renewal

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — The Claremore City Council has set Feb. 11, 2014 for its One-Cent sales tax renewal election to continue funding for fire and police, as well as, parks and recreation.

City voters will make decisions on the sales tax and two  city council positions.

The sales tax will not change from the 2007 renewal when 700 votes were cast to extend the tax for six years.

“The key is to get as much participation from the public,” City Manager Jim Thomas said.

Fire, police and park departments receive an equal share of 60 percent of the total tax collected with 40 percent dedicated to the city’s capital improvement fund.

Since its first passage in 1972, the One-Cent tax has been renewed by Claremore voters every six years.

Six years ago, the total sales tax generated in the city was about $3.2 million or 3 percent of total sales.

Today, total tax collections have increased to $3.4 million.

One percent of the tax collected or approximately $1.1 million is up for renewal.

Newly appointed councilors Brian Callender, Ward 2, and David McComb, Ward 1, will be required to run for their positions, according to the city charter.

City Attorney Matt Ballard explained the charter requires appointees to be elected in the next city election.  They must meet the requirements if they wish to continue their service, according to Ballard.

If elected, they will fulfill the remaining terms left by former councilors Brandon Smith and Thomas Cypert.

The positions are open to Claremore residents residing within Ward 1 or Ward 2.

The filing period for the election will be Dec. 2-4 along with other annual school elections.  

Anyone interested in filing for office can contact the Rogers County Election Board at (918) 341-2965.