Sales tax referendum passes in Bryan County

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. -- Bryan County's quarter cent sales tax extension appears to be a go.

That's the latest from the polls.

More than 63 percent said yes to the extension which will benefit the jail, Sheriff's Office, roads and bridges.

A little more than 2,100 of the 21,000 registered voters turned out--that's around 10 percent.

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  • by Ray on Jul 12, 2007 at 05:51 AM
    Norm, Let's just hope that they use the funds in the "prudent and efficient manner" in which you speak.
  • by Resident Location: Durant on Jul 11, 2007 at 07:44 PM
    Yes, it is a shame that we have to bail the county commissioners out. I thought Mr. Montgomery had a new vision for this county and was against the sales tax. That is what got him elected isn't it! Shame on him, I have not seen any changes, only more problems! I'm sure that was just his sales pitch to get him into office and into the spotlight!
  • by confused Location: durant on Jul 11, 2007 at 05:10 PM
    I don't understand the break down of the sales tax, I thought it was to go to the upgrade of the jails and to pay the outstanding debt owed. Now we learn that the monies will go 1/3 to sheriff, 1/3 to county commissioners and finally 1/3 to pay outstanding debts and jail. Appears to me that once again the county has lead the tax payers down a rosy path their big lead into the election was to get the outstanding debt paid and to repair the jails, get medicial attention for the inmates. I did not know that I was lining the pockets of the commissioners that refused to pay the outstanding debt and to support the plane and helicopter of the sheriff's dept.
  • by Ray Location: Durant on Jul 11, 2007 at 12:12 AM
    It's just a shame that the tax payers have to bail the county commissioners out. The money owed would have been paid off in 8 months and they could have passed this tax then. Instead, they have cost the tax payers thousands of dollars in interest and attorney fees. And to be honest, this is not a real solution. This is only a patch. This tax does not address the real problems.
  • by Norm Location: Durant on Jul 10, 2007 at 09:50 PM
    When there is no other option you sometimes just have to bite the bullet and pay the quarter cent sales tax. It is the fairest method of taxation because had the extension failed the only alternative remaining would be to increase property taxes to absorb the costs of the jail and the other expenses that must be paid. A sales tax affords everyone the opportunity to help fund the county. Bryan county sales taxes are paid by everyone who shops in Bryan county so the cost is spread out among all our neighbors and also all of our out of county neighbors also. One thing to bear in mind, WE ARE ALREADY PAYING THIS QUARTER CENT TAX so there is no increase in the cost that we are paying. Im sure that our local government politicans are breathing a sigh of relief and can now proceed with the difficult task of using the receipts of this tax in a prudent and efficient manner.
  • by Sue Location: durant on Jul 10, 2007 at 06:12 PM
    This is badly needed. We have to do something about our jails or we'll have to let the prisoners go free.
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