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June 25, 2013

County officials prepare for start of new fiscal year

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CLAREMORE —

Thacker said he would be looking to fund a pay increase for all county employees this year, as they have not seen an increase in approximately five years.
At this time it is uncertain what the total request for funding will be. Last year, the county had approximately $18 million in the budget.
Budget cuts required county officials to use a portion of reserve funds and all carryover from departments to meet the budget.
No preliminary figures have been provided at this time and the Rogers County Excise Board will be meeting 9 a.m. Thursday to review the temporary requests.
In other business, the board reviewed and opened several bids for materials.
The bids included asphalt, rock and other construction materials.
On many items the board voted to accept the bids allowing them to choose the closest and first available vendor.
No procedures for documenting the selection of vendors is currently in place, however the board plans to make sure that is done in the future, according to DeLozier.
By allowing the commissioners the option to choose the vendor, the board is eliminating issues with roadwork, according to Thacker.
Sometimes the road is prepared for completion and no vendor is available, he added.
By accepting all the bids, the commissioners have more options to get the job done, according to Thacker.

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