On Feb. 12 citizens will go to the polls to vote for the same penny they have been approving every 5 years since 1988 for Rogers County roads & Bridges. If passed this would authorize the same 1 percent tax rate to continue in perpetuity and restricted for the sole use on transportation infrastructure. THIS IS NOT A TAX INCREASE over what was in place from 1988 to 2018. This proposition is designated solely for the construction, improvement, maintenance, and repair of County roads, bridges, and transportation infrastructure.

This initiative is paramount for the future economic prosperity of Rogers Co. and our efforts to attract and retain quality jobs to the region.

In my industry of economic development; infrastructure and public safety are absolutes to retain and attract new businesses and quality jobs. One of the many assets we have in Rogers Co. is a continued reinvestment and commitment to our roads and bridges and sound fiscal principals. That commitment has resulted in positive dividends through private investment as evidenced by new manufacturing partners and the addition of jobs at existing manufacturers.

The ease of access to highways and waterways via the best county road system in the state played a major role in the recent addition of the Sofidel plant in Inola, expansion of Baker Hughes jobs in Claremore, and the addition of MST Manufacturing, an aerospace company at the Claremore Industrial Park. These are accompanied with several new retail and small business ventures throughout Rogers County. These “wins” as we refer to them in the economic development industry are attributed to the citizens who have acted responsibly and reauthorized these endeavors.

It is imperative that you do so again on Feb. 12. Please vote yes on the same old penny and keep Rogers Co. moving forward.

— John W. Feary, Executive Director

Claremore Industrial & Economic

Development Authority (CIEDA)