Funds from a Rogers Countyr oad tax will also be used to pay off a huge judgment against the county if voters approve it a second time.
A five year extension of the one cent road tax was approved by voters May 14.
County commissioners nullified the results after a citizen filed a complaint. Myron Grubowski questioned the validity of the election because he claimed there wasn’t a proper publication notice.
Commissioners held a special meeting last Thursday to formally adopt a resolution calling for a new election August 13.
The commissioners discussed using 1/8, 1/6, or 3/10 of a cent from the road tax to help pay off a $27.9 million judgment against the county in the Material Service case.
Chairman Kirt Thacker said the two main questions were whether the commissioners could maintain their roads and bridges with a reduced amount and the amount the Material Service judgment could be reduced.
Commissioner Mike Helm said the voters had already decided the issue. He made a motion to keep all of the one cent tax for roads and bridges, but it died without a second.
Commissioner Dan DeLozier said he was in favor of using 1/6 of the tax towards the court judgment.
“The reduction will impact us a little bit but I think we need to make an effort to reduce our debt,” DeLozier said. “This debt reduction is for everybody in the county and everybody will have to look at tightening their belts to do this.”
Thacker said he had too many obligations for road work in his district to absorb any more than a 1/8 reduction.
Thacker and DeLozier voted to dedicate 1/8 of the one cent tax towards the judgment with the remaining amount used for roads and bridges and Helm voted no.
If the five year extension of the tax passes a second time, the 1/8 of a cent could pay $4.2 million on the Material Service judgment over the five year period.
The cost of the second election is estimated at $25,000.
At the board’s regular meeting Monday, commissioners approved filing a claim with Traveler’s Insurance to recoup the cost of the election.