Claremore Daily Progress

Government

March 11, 2013

County sales tax election set for May 14

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CLAREMORE —

The road tax brings development to Rogers County and builds business, according to Thacker.
Other citizens raised various concerns, Chad Choat took issue with the permanent nature of the tax.
If another unforeseen circumstance were to arise, like the lawsuit then the county would have limited options, according to Choat.
“An open dialog is a good thing to have, personally five years works for me,” Thacker said. “The one-cent frees up money from the general budget. It is not a scare tactic, this is a real situation, and without this money people lose their jobs.”
Losing the funds will take money away from general government and each office, he added.
“The Mayor has a very good point,” Commissioner Dan DeLozier said. “The big misconception people have is that people think that ad volorem taxes go to roads and bridges.”
Another issue is that the county has had 17 FEMA disasters in 3.5 years, according to DeLozier.
The federal funds allowed the commissioner to do more than usual.
Without these funds, the county is very restricted on what projects can be completed, he added.
The cost of doing business has increased, according to the BOCC.
Asphalt alone has more than doubled, lowering the impact the funds make in each district, Thacker added.
Helm withdrew making the tax permanent and made a motion for the five -year renewal. The motion carried with support of all three members.

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