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February 2, 2014

Cathy Pinkerton Baker seeks re-election

CLAREMORE — Republican Cathy Pinkerton Baker is seeking another term as Rogers County Treasurer.

In the 23 years, as treasurer, Baker has had the opportunity to serve the people of Rogers County and has seen many changes along the way.

As her office moved into a new courthouse,  the focus shifted to launch new cost-saving measures while maintaining the best customer service.

She has worked a combined total of 37 years in county government, serving as deputy treasurer for 13 years prior to taking office.

“Our county is growing and as times change my office remains dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of technology,” Baker said. “We have streamlined tax notices, saving printing costs.”

The new program provides tax statements electronically via the Internet. The receipts are now available to customers without requiring a special trip to the courthouse.

The service has cut postage costs by 50 percent.

Additionally, the treasurer’s website offers electronic payments and notifications of important events such as annual tax sales.

“I believe customer service is key to public service. As your treasurer I have implemented these measures to ensure transparency,” Baker said.

If residents prefer a more personal approach, while maintaining the convenience of online service, the treasurer’s office provides payments by phone.

In 2013, Baker’s office  processed more than $300,000 in phone payments with no additional fees to the customer.

“This year I am launching an improved tax warrant collection program,” Baker said. “It will provide a valuable service to the taxpayers by holding all citizens equally accountable for their taxes.”

“I feel as treasurer in order to be fair and equal to all taxpayers, we must insure the funds collected are available for the purpose intended,” Baker said. “Tax collections fund area schools and as we know education is the key to success.”

“I believe the tax burden should be as minimal as possible, that is why I am committed to keeping cost low,” Baker said.

The treasurer’s new programs decreased operation costs without adding staff.

“It is important to be a responsible steward of your tax dollars. I am committed, as your treasurer, to not only cutting cost, but keeping a watchful eye on all county funds,” Baker said.

The treasurer’s office has consistently exceeded expectations set by the Oklahoma State Auditor and is committed to our role as a check and balance on all county government, Baker said.

Baker is a graduate of Catoosa High School and Rogers State University and a member of the County Treasurer’s Association, where she served on the legislative committee. She has an associates degree in accounting.

She is a member of Hilldale Baptist Church.

Baker is an active member of AQHA, OCA, NBHA and the Oologah as well as Will Rogers Roundup clubs.

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