Claremore Daily Progress


June 11, 2013

County to file claim on voided election


Rogers County commissioners are turning to their insurance company to recoup money they spent on a recently voided 1-cent sales tax election.
Commissioners Kirt Thacker and Dan DeLozier approved a measure Monday to file a claim with Travelers Insurance. The claim will be filed on the county’s errors and admissions policy,  based on the county’s failure to publish proper legal notice.
Because the 1-cent sales tax election, which voters did approved, was not properly published as required by state statute, commissioners had to void the results.
They agreed Thursday to set a new election for the 1-cent sales tax renewal for Aug. 13. However, they agreed to ask voters to approve the shift of 1/8 of the cent to be used to repay a multi-million dollar judgement against the county for Material Services Inc. The remainder of the tax would go for county roads.
The election cost about $25,000.
Commissioner Mike Helm was not present for the meeting.
In other business, the board discussed several road projects, accepted or opened bids and considered options for auctioning old courthouse assets.
Thacker and DeLozier approved an application for several roads in Helm’s district to be submitted to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to be included as “major collectors” for the county.
If approved, the roads could qualify for additional grant funding based on the designation.
One of the roadways includes a portion of 177th Street that runs through the Stone Canyon development, east of Owasso.
The goal is to extend the road through the Patriot Golf Course and eventually connect with Highway 266, according to engineer Brian Kellogg.
He said the plan has been in the works for many years, and if ODOT approves the application then Helm could get funding for the project.
Another road project Kellogg is working with Helm to secure is the expansion of Blue Starr Avenue near Rogers State University.

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