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January 6, 2013

Payne County Commissioners to open bids for materials for road work

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County Commissioners are scheduled to hold a bid opening for asphalt materials and petroleum products Monday.

The meeting is 9 a.m. in the Payne County Administration Building, room 200. The bid opening is at 10 a.m.

County Commissioner Zach Cavett said he expected the bids would be more cost effective for the county’s road districts than the companies currently used.

Commissioners are scheduled to hear a presentation from Michael Benson, director of the Payne County Expo Center, on his recommendations for members of the Fair Board.

Assistant District Attorney Lowell Barto said commissioners will vote on extending the terms of three of the nine Fair Board members until 2014 and the remaining six members until 2016. Elections will be held in 2014 and 2016 for the positions.

Oklahoma State Senate Bill 223, which took effect Jan. 1, requires Oklahoma counties to conduct elections through the county and state election boards for county free fair associations. Payne County has one of these associations, with nine fair board members, three for each of the County Commissioner districts.

The new law changes the member’s terms from three- to four-year terms.

 Barto said before the law, county commissioners were responsible for holding elections for Fair Board members.

Commissioners will consider a resolution to adopt county use tax provisions corresponding to county sales tax rates.

Because voters authorized a 1/16 cent sales tax increase in November, the use tax will need to increase accordingly, said Barto.

Commissioners are also expected to accept a donation from Catherine or Stanley Moffat.

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