Claremore Daily Progress

Government

May 28, 2013

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

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CLAREMORE —

Thacker said the county needed to void the election because the way it stood that taxes collected after Oct. 1 would be collected illegally.
He said the issue could turn into legal action similar to the multi-million dollar lawsuit against Material Services.
“I don’t want that on my watch,” Thacker said.
“Mr. Iski, was that a legal election?” DeLozier said. “Are we nullifying an election that was good or that was bad?” 
Iski gave no response to DeLozier’s question.
DeLozier and Thacker are requesting that a checklist be used to insure the upcoming election will be conducted according to statute.
Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody said her office already uses a checklist to insure accuracy.
Iski offered to assist the board by writing additional language into the resolution to assist the commissioners and Rogers County Clerk Robin Anderson with the proper procedures.
Anderson said she would be working with the district attorney’s office to insure the publication of the legal notice is done properly for the upcoming election.
Anderson has not claimed responsibility for the May 14 publication error. However,  county officials have attributed the error to her office.
The commissioners and Iski provided no comment regarding any action to be taken to hold any party responsible for the May 14 publication error.
Linda Lepak asked the board if the county’s errors and omissions insurance could be used to cover the $25, 000 loss.
Thacker said he has contacted the insurance company and they are reviewing the matter.
“I appreciate what you did today and that you stepped up to a really important issue,” Lepak said. “It is important for the taxpayers and all of us to investigate if anyone was at fault, what we can do to avoid the issue in the future and that everyone understands their job duties to protect the taxpayers.”
“Also, as a taxpayer, we expect our elected officials to be knowledgeable of their job and accountable of those duties,” Cindy Smith said.

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