Starting Friday, registered Rogers County voters will decide on a five-year renewal proposal for the county’s longtime penny sales tax that funds road construction and maintenance.
Polls are open for early voting from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Monday at the Rogers County Election Board, 415 W. 1st St. in Claremore.
The main election will be conducted from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday at all regular polling places.
Each individual’s polling place is listed on the person’s voter registration identification card, which the Rogers County Election Board urges all voters to bring to the polls with them.
The card or another recognized form of identification must be displayed before an individual can vote.
The one-cent sales tax, originally enacted 25 years ago, has been used to take virtually all county roads from gravel or chips to fully paved.
It also provides funds for mowing and ditch maintenance in summer and snow and ice removal in winter.
Proponents say its re-enactment is vital to continued progress in the county. They cite safety of drivers, greatly reduced wear and tear on vehicles, and improved transportation safety for children on school buses.
So far, there has been no organized opposition.
The complete text of the proposition appears in a legal notice in today’s Leader.
Results will be tallied Tuesday night and reported in next week’s Leader and in abbreviated form Tuesday night on Oologah.net.
Voters approved renewal of the tax by a margin of 58.22 percent in May.
However, a citizen called commissioners’ attention to an error which involved failure to publish a formal legal notice of the election.
Rather than engage in costly and risky litigation, commissioners decided to hold a new election on Aug. 13.
If the measure is approved, the election date next week allows the renewal to take effect starting Oct. 1, the day the tax would otherwise expire.