On Tuesday, Rogers Countyvoters will decide if they will renew the penny sales tax that has made county roads the envy of the state.
That tax has been a huge factor in Rogers County’s steady growth as a great place to work, live and play.
If you are thinking, “Hey, didn’t we just renew that?” you’re right, we did.
But there was a paperwork error in setting up the May vote so the election has to be done over again.
It is sort of like a rainout, where the home team is ahead by 10 runs when the torrential rains hit—in the second inning.
Everybody knows where the game was going, but it doesn’t matter. It has to be rescheduled.
Rainouts are never easy to reschedule and neither are elections involving sales taxes. We wound up with an election in the Dog Days of August, when people are taking that last little fling before vacation season ends and school starts.
According to the last numbers we’ve seen from the Election Board, the number of absentee ballots cast so far would probably fit in a small pop cooler, with room left over for some ice and pop.
That’s not good.
We think the tax has wide support. Voters showed that in May. But the only support that counts will be tallied the night of Aug. 13.
And if people who support the tax don’t vote, it could easily fail.
Do we really want to be the topic of the late night monologue on Letterman or Leno—you know, “There’s this county in Oklahoma with 90,000 people and all the people who care voted yesterday on maintaining their roads.
“The vote was 9 in favor, 10 against and 89,981 who couldn’t figure out how to mark a ballot.
“Guess there’s a reason Oklahoma isn’t No. 1 in the polls this year.” (Drum roll).
If you support the tax, you need to vote. Voting yes last time doesn’t count. Telling your friends the tax is going to win doesn’t count. Only the votes on Aug. 13 count toward getting your snow plowed come winter.
If you oppose the tax, you need to vote. Voting no last time doesn’t count. Telling your friends over coffee about your feelings doesn’t count. Only the votes on Aug. 13 count.
Please vote Tuesday. Or vote in-person at the Election Board in Claremore Friday or Monday. They make voting really easy these days.
We could tell you it is your civic duty. We could tell you the future of the county depends on it. We could tell you it is your chance to control your government.