Claremore Daily Progress

Foyil

April 18, 2013

Thacker, DeLozier vote to fund RCIDA

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CLAREMORE —

Thacker said the county does not want to become stagnant with economic development and if that occurs “people will move away.”
Although the funding is not at the level RCIDA needs, Executive Director  Mickey Thompson said, “We will make do.”
“We have to be able to trust that we are going to have a consistent flow of money,” Thompson said.
The reliability of funds directly relates to RCIDA’s ability to make long-term decisions and commitments to business, according to Thompson.
Helm continued to protest accusing Thacker and DeLozier of “cutting” the 911 Center funding.
“You have a bond make it work,” Thacker said.
“We dedicated the use tax 100 percent to the bonding,” Thacker said. “We sat in a meetings and told them anything left would go back to RCIDA.”
The bond payment is the same every month and the use tax will continue to make those payments, Thacker said. 
Excess use tax is not funding for the 911 Center, according to Thacker.
“This money is not part of the bond,” DeLozier said.
“It is what it is — you [Helm] are trying to combine the two,” Thacker said.
Helm opposed the funding of RCIDA, however last year he was instrumental in the hiring of Rickey Hayes for retail economic development in Rogers County.
Hayes, known for his economic development efforts in Owasso, owns Retail Attractions, LLC.
The board has been paying Hayes approximately $3,000 monthly for services, according to DeLozier.
Hayes recently worked with the City of Claremore to assist with retail development. However after years of low production, the city terminated the contract with Hayes.
Information about the effectiveness of Hayes retail development for Rogers County has not been provided at this time. 
Rogers County will be discussing contract renewal with Hayes in the next few weeks.

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