Claremore Daily Progress

April 7, 2011

City manager and visitors bureau director thank voters

Claremore Progress

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

Support for tourism appreciated

Dear Editor;

Many thanks to Claremore! Thank you, voters, for making your voices heard loud and clear April 5 with approval of the guest tax by more than 73 percent of the vote.

I am truly humbled by such an overwhelming voice. The Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to serve Claremore and the surrounding area by continually promoting the community as a tourist destination. With the passing of Ordinance 2011-1, the additional revenues will allow us to significantly increase our marketing efforts and generate more positive economic impact for our community.

Voters told us they understand this is a positive step for growth in Claremore. The economic impact of an increased number of visitors staying in our hotels, dining in our restaurants, visiting our attractions and events, and shopping in our stores will be seen by an increase in sales taxes, utility usage, and jobs for area residents. Forward thinking is what future developers need to see from city leaders, and the community; and this is a step in the right direction.

I believe that this progressive step for the future tells our area businesses, visitors and the traveling public, future business owners and developers that Claremore is on the map and we are open and ready to do business.

Again, thank you, Claremore. I look forward to our bright future and am proud to tell our story and bring visitors to town to experience what we all know: that Claremore is a great place to live, work, and play.

Tanya Andrews

Executive Director

Claremore Convention

and Visitors Bureau