Claremore Daily Progress

Government

May 28, 2013

Commissioners nullify sales tax election, set Aug. 13 for new vote

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to nullify the 1-cent sales tax election May 14 and set a new election for Aug. 13.
Commissioners Mike Helm and Kirt Thacker supported Aug. 13 for the election while Commissioner Dan DeLozier requested the vote take place on Sept. 10 with two upcoming school bond proposals.
Thacker shared his concerns about the election failing and the expiration of the tax collections, resulting in the need to create a new tax for another vote.
Assistant District Attorney David Iski said that if the election fails by statute, a new election could not be held for six months.
“Let’s get it over with,” Thacker said.
The election will cost approximately $25,000.
“I put this on because it was brought to our attention that a publication was not filed. I don’t see any reason to continue with this election the way that it is,” Thacker said. “I think to be on the safe side, we vote to nullify this election and set a date for a new election.”
The decision came after taxpayer Myron Grubowski filed a complaint with the Rogers County Clerk and the Election Board questioning the validity of the election.
A hearing took place Tuesday at the request of the district attorney’s office with Judge Dwayne Steidley upon receipt of Grubowski’s complaint.
“I went up to Judge Dwayne Steidley’s courtroom. A hearing is set on the irregularities filed by Mr. Grubowski,” Iski said.
The hearing was recessed to allow the commissioners to make a decision on the election, according to Iski.
“Again, the people have spoken and we have legal telling us one thing,” Helm said. “We have a complaint filed to the judge. The judge wants to make a ruling.”
Helm questioned Thacker on the timing of their decision.
“The idea of putting it aside before the judge rules,  are we really ahead of him or is he waiting on us?” Helm said.  “Why do we need to rule?”

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