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District I Rogers County Commissioner Dan DeLozier speaks at the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce State of the County event Thursday.

District I Rogers County Commissioner Dan DeLozier said $97,811,941.97 was collected in ad valorem taxes during the 2020-2021 fiscal year at the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce State of the County event.

DeLozier provided a breakdown of where the funds went:

• Public Schools received 68.29% equalling $66,792,174.48.

• Tech Centers received 11.93% equalling $11,670,396.48.

• County received 10.36% equalling $10,130,338.36.

• Fire/EMS received 7.11% equalling $6,952,830.21.

• Health Department received 1.59% equalling $1,558513.58.

• TIF districts received 0.47% equalling $463,174.00.

• Fair Board received 0.24% equalling $232,764.77.

• Cities received 0.01% equalling $11,750.28.

“You can see exactly where your money goes,” DeLozier said.

The Penny Sales tax – approved by voters in 1988 – is used to upkeep the counties roads and bridges, DeLozier said.

In the last year, a total of 95.23 miles, six bridges and water crossings have been replaced throughout the entire county with two bridges in the process of being completed for a cost of $9,450,918.12.

There are 1,150 miles of county road in Rogers County and 133 bridges.

DeLozier said there are 24 deficient bridges and the deficient bridge replacement would be $14.1 million.

Rogers County is ranked the sixth largest county in Oklahoma with a population of 95,240 – right behind Comanche County with a population of 121,125.

In 1980, the population was 45,839. In 2020, the population was 95,240.

“We’ve just a little over doubled in 40 years,” he said.

District III Rogers County Commissioner Ron Burrows discussed the growth in economic development in Rogers County – a county with unemployment at 2.6 percent.

Rogers County was designated as 1 of 9 Centers for Workforce Excellence under the Oklahoma Works Together program, with a focus on manufacturing careers, he said.

Commissioners announced new businesses coming to the county and current businesses expanding.

Lyseon North America, located at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, expects 80 new jobs over the next three years. Summerlin Industrial Park, in Inola, celebrated three new tenants: American Beauty Manufacturing, McMillian Welding and Stetson Crawl Space Repair.

Businesses that are expanding include Kelvion Thermal Solutions and NXTNano LLC.

Kelvion Thermal Solutions is expanding at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa with $6 million capital investment and 160 new jobs by 2024.

NXTNano LLC, in Claremore Industrial Park, purchased a second facility that will home three new products by the end of 2021.

Other highlights of the event include the addition of public safety with a new radio system and telecommunication tower, development of a new comprehensive plan and the development of the medical marijuana industry in the county.

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