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March 11, 2013

County sales tax election set for May 14

CLAREMORE — The Rogers County Board of Commissioners Monday set May 14 as Election Day for the renewal of the five-year one-cent road tax.

The meeting featured several comments and questions from the public about the tax that annually generates about $6 million.
Originally, the item was posted on the agenda for permanent renewal at the request of Commissioner Mike Helm.
After much discussion, the board decided to keep the term at five years.
City of Claremore Mayor Mickey Perry informally spoke on behalf of all municipalities in Rogers County.
Area municipalities are currently at a three to four percent sales tax rate, according to Perry.
Cities generate the majority of the sales tax revenue, he added.
Why not include the .33 cent sales tax that is paying the Material Services $30 million lawsuit into this tax, lowering the overall tax rate, Perry asked.
“It will allow us [municipalities] to be more competitive,” Perry said. “I am respectfully requesting you include the penny instead of on top of it.”
Other citizens including Tommy Dyer, spokesman for the Citizens for Rogers County 2013, congratulated the BOCC for having the “best roads in the state.”
Dyer along with other county residents have formed a committee of private citizens and have launched the “Yes for Roads” campaign in support of the tax. 
“I think it would be great if the road tax was permanent,” Dyer said.
“I am working with the group and we are registered with the ethics commission,” Faith Wiley added.
Wiley and her husband John currently publish the Oologah Lake Leader.
Commissioner Kirt Thacker said the BOCC is not funding any efforts to support the renewal, but made it very clear the impact the tax would have on the county.
“There is some misconception about the one-cent,” Thacker said.
People believe the county gets federal money or grant money to maintain the roads and that is not accurate, Thacker added. 

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