Kay County Sales Tax Election set for Oct. 8

August 5, 2019 | Featured|Headlines

By SHARON ROWEN |KAY NEWSCOW

NEWKIRK — Attorneys Jeff Raley and David Cummings addressed
Kay County Commissioners about an election proclamation calling for a county-wide sales election on Oct. 8.

The one-fourth of one percent sales tax will be for 13 years or until the debt is paid off, and will be used for the funding of the design, construction, financing, furnishings, capital facilities and improvements, equipment fixtures, site acquisition, site preparation, street improvements, relocation of offices and other facilities, and maintenance and operation expenses for the Kay County courthouse renovation and annex construction project authorizing the pledging of the sales tax for debt service and cost of issuance; fixing an effective date; and declaring an emergency. (See story)

Assistant District Attorney Billie Chrz looks on as attorney Jeff Raley addresses county commissioners about a proposed sales tax.

Raley said the hope is the debt would be paid off before 13 years. “The Cleveland County jail was a 20 year tax and it was paid off in 11 years,” said Raley. “We are hopeful here in Kay County that if the sales tax increases, we will pay it off early. That is our hope and desire. We encourage you all to go forward with it and the project will be in full compliance with the competitive bidding act.”

Cummings said the numbers project $10-11 million will be collected.
Commissioners approved a motion to approve the resolution calling for the sales tax election.

Emergency Management Director Dennis Bonewell addressed commissioners about Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) claims. Bonewell said Newkirk Fire chief Adam Longcrier contacted him about mutual aid calls the NFD responded to during the May storms.
“He said that FEMA told him that the NFD has to bill the county and then the county place a claim,” said Bonewell.

County officials said they believe NFD has to go through the City of Newkirk. “We had so many water rescues during that time frame it was terribly hard to keep track. They can recover their expenses if there is a bill process. I want to make sure there is some way we can do this.” Commissioner Jason Shanks said he would check with the auditors on the topic.

Commissioner gave updates on roads.
Commissioner Jack Godberson said Pecan Road repairs are complete.
Shanks said the bridge on Q Street is done but not open yet. Commissioner John Wilson said his crews are digging shale, weed eating and pouring concrete to repair a bridge on O Street and installing a pipe on County Line.

Other items approved Monday include:
• An agreement between the Kay County Health Department and the Newkirk Public School District to provide Behavioral Health Services to the students and or families of students of Newkirk-Braman Public Schools.
• JAG Grant between City of Ponca City and Kay County.
• Agreement between Dwaine Alvin Johns and Dennis Dean Johns and the commissioners allowing Dist. No.3 to remove shale from NW4 S6 T28N R1W at a sum of $0.25 per yard of shale removed from described property.

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