Claremore Daily Progress

May 14, 2013

Voters to decide One-Cent Sales Tax

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Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County voters go to the polls today to decide if a  One-Cent Road Tax will be renewed.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If approved, the one cent sales tax will be renewed for 5 years for the construction and maintenance of county roads and bridges.
The Rogers County Commissioners have spent $8.4 million this fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2012, from the one-cent account.
The one-cent fund has paid $6.3 million for Maintenance and Operation expenses, $1.5 million in Capital Outlay and $700,000 in salaries.
Each sub-account contains various expenses; however, the majority of funds are used for equipment and asphalt or other road surfacing products.
Equipment purchases, at $2.1 million, accounted for 25 percent of total expenses for the fund with approximately $545,000 spent on leased equipment.
This year, the commissioners have spent 54 percent or $4.6 million of total one-cent expenses to purchase road materials or pay sub-contractors for roadwork.
If the tax is not renewed, Rogers County will have a decrease in their annual budget by approximately $6 million a year. 
The county has an annual budget of approximately $19 million.