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April 7, 2011

City manager and visitors bureau director thank voters

CLAREMORE — City manager expresses thanks

Dear Editor,

It is budget time and there are many difficult decisions that must be made on behalf of this great City of Claremore. As my staff and I have been aggressively taking on this challenge I wanted to take a moment and say Thank You to all the dedicated employees of this city and Thank You to all the citizens who are loyal to keeping their sales tax spending here at home.

Our employees are always willing to help in any way they can. They spend many hours keeping our city going with what limited resources they have. They are willing to get up earlier and stay longer to get a job done.

They want to make a difference in the city they have chosen to live, raise their family and work. I am honored to lead this great group of people.

The economy has truly been trickling down and hit not only federal, state and counties hard, but cities that operate on sales tax have really felt this hardship more and more as families just don’t have money to spend. This is shown through the sales tax reports received which is a vital part of how this city continues to survive economical woes.

Because Oklahoma cities do not receive property taxes, utility revenues and sales tax are the sole funding sources for Claremore. Because of this, it is imperative that we keep as many of our tax dollars local as possible.

Residents who shop in other cities are paying for that city’s police and fire service instead of their own. So a big thank you goes out to those residents who buy locally.

I truly appreciate citizens who are dedicated to investing not only their time, but also their money, via sales tax, in this city that they believe can overcome hardships. Every time you buy something locally, you not only support area business and encourage new growth, but you also invest in future generations of Claremore residents.

We all have a goal of making Claremore full of champions, a place to enjoy life and have economic growth. Just having ordinary people doing extraordinary things is an answer to a prayer that is very close to my heart.

Again, I just want to say Thank You to our employees and citizens for remembering what dedication is all about.

Daryl Golbek

City Manager

City of Claremore

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