On Tuesday, February 11, City of Claremore residents will vote on the extension of a one penny sales tax, which has been in place since 1978. It provides funding for police, fire, parks and capital equipment expenditures.
Revenues from the penny accounts for approximately $3.9 million in sales tax revenue in the current fiscal year. Funds are allocated as follows: 20% for the Claremore Police Department, 20% for the Claremore Fire Department, 20% for the Claremore Parks & Recreation Department and 40% for capital expenditures, which has included equipment for police and fire, as well as community projects such as splash pads and the new dog park.
Revenue from the City’s three-cent sales tax is restricted and allocated as follows: one penny for streets and infrastructure, one penny for the Claremore Expo Center, wastewater treatment plant and Recreation Center and one penny for public safety, parks and capital needs. The third penny is the only one up for renewal, and if approved, will be extended for 10 years.
Residents who are registered voters within the Claremore city limits are eligible to vote. Polls will be open on Feb. 11 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and early voting begins Feb. 6 at the Rogers County Election Board at 415 West 1st Street in Claremore.
More information can be found here.