Claremore Daily Progress

Oologah/Talala

April 18, 2013

Thacker, DeLozier vote to fund RCIDA

CLAREMORE —

The Rogers County Commissioners voted 2 to 1 Monday to support economic development by providing $300,000 in funding to the Rogers County Industrial Development Authority.
Commissioners Kirt Thacker and Dan DeLozier voted in support of the measure, while commissioner Mike Helm spoke strongly in opposition to the funding.
“We have revisited this several times,” Thacker said. “I feel like we need to fund RCIDA.” 
Although Thacker acknowledged the board’s inability to fund them as done before the courthouse bonds were written, he clearly stated the need to support job growth in Rogers County and the sales tax revenue that would follow.
DeLozier similarly recognized the fundamental need to sustain economic growth and provide RCIDA with funding.
Helm claimed the excess Use Tax that would be used to fund the organization should be spent for the completion of the 911 Center.
“We voted to do the courthouse and 911 Center with all monies. The 911 Center is not completed,” Helm said. 
Helm argued that funding for the center was not adequate to build and equip the facility.
He spoke of the commissioner’s commitment to provide funding for 10 employees at the cost of approximately $350,000.
“There is a lot of funding for the 911 before we can talk about the extra,” Helm said. 
Helm did not explain that the funding for the 911 Center is to come directly from the two multi-million-dollar bonds passed by voters.
“The funding for RCIDA is something I have been dedicated for the entire time it has been in place,” DeLozier said. “That is the growth of our county. We have to come up with money for 911 but, we have to take care of our industrial funding.”
DeLozier stated his support for both projects and added, “We may have to pinch down on the 911 Center costs.”
“The people of county voted on a bond issue and it does not matter what the money is, that is what goes in.” Thacker said. “There was a certain amount of money in the bond, it is what it is and that is what you have to work with.”

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