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March 6, 2013

County plans for One-Cent Tax renewal

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CLAREMORE —

The recent school board, bond and city council elections have had very low turnout, according to Dermody.
She recently voiced her concerns about the low turnout and the impact it has on the elections.
The most recent tax extension election was held in December 2009 when Rogers County voters were asked to approve a one-sixth of a cent sales tax for the construction of the new courthouse and E911 Center.
Only five percent or 2,902 of the 50,367 registered voters turned out for the election.
That sales tax was extended until 2040 with 2,132 voting in favor and 769 voting against the issue.
Previously the One Cent Tax or “road tax” was extended in Feb. 2008.
In that election, which was also a Presidential primary, 41 percent of registered voters turned out to vote.
Approximately 20,000 votes were cast on the “road tax” question and the tax was passed by only 1,900 votes.
Each year, the sale tax generates approximately $15 million
That same year, less than 5,000 voters of the more than 20,000 registered came to the polls in each of the summer elections.
The county has approximately 1,800 miles of roads. 

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