Rogers County voters will go to the polls a second time to decide a one cent road tax.
County commissioners nullified election results from May 14 approving the five year tax extension at Tuesday’s meeting. Voters approved the tax with a 58.22 percent majority. The tax has been in place since 1988.
Myron Grubowski filed a complaint questioning the validity of the election because he alleged there wasn’t a proper publication notice. Chairman Kirt Thacker said it was better to err on the side of caution.
“To be on the safe side I’m going to make a motion to vote to invalidate it and hold a new election,” Thacker said.
Thacker called the issue a “technicality.” He cited the Material Services case as one reason to hold another vote. Material Services won a $27.9 million judgment against the county over a publication notice.
“This won’t rise to that level but I don’t want that on my watch,” Thacker said.
All three commissioners voted to invalidate the election. The commissioners then began discussions on when to hold the new election.
Rogers County Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody said August 13 was the first available date for the new election. Commissioner Dan DeLozier asked if any other items would be on the same ballot.
Dermody said no, but there would be items on the ballot for the Sept. 10 election.
DeLozier said he would prefer to have the one cent tax renewal on the ballot with other items. Thacker said he wanted to move forward as soon as possible.
Thacker and Mike Helm voted to hold the election August 13 and DeLozier voted no. Dermody said her office must receive notice of the election by June 13.
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