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May 2, 2014

Payne County Excise Board chair resigns

STILLWATER, Okla. — Josh Robinson, a banker from Yale who has served Payne County for seven years as a member of three county boards, has resigned effective immediately.

District No. 1 commissioner Zach Cavett informed his fellow county commissioners during their meeting Monday.

Robinson was first appointed to the Board of Equalization by the Oklahoma Tax Commission in 2007.

The Board of Equalization consists of three members; one appointed by OTC, one appointed by the district judge and one appointed by the county commissioners. Two members can’t reside in the same commission district.

Its members also oversee budgets as the county’s Excise Board and the chair is a member of the Board of Tax Roll Corrections, which reviews tax protests and corrects errors.

Robinson, as the chair, served on all three boards.

He said he’s finding he doesn’t have time for everything now that he and his wife have a baby.

Robinson is a vice president at American Heritage Bank and the manager of the Yale branch.

He also serves as the chief of Yale’s volunteer fire department.

“It’s strictly personal,” he said.

“It’s a matter of personal time.”

Robinson, who lives in District No. 1, which covers the eastern half of the county, was the last long-term board member.

Doug Emde, who lives in District No. 3, which covers the western half of Payne County, was appointed in January by District Judge Philip Corley.

Becky Teague, who lives in District No. 2, which encompasses most of Stillwater, was appointed in April by the County Commission.

David Sasser, the former County Commission appointee, was forced to leave the boards after Emde was appointed because they live in the same district.

Robinson’s seat will remain open until the Oklahoma Tax Commission names another representative who will also have to live in District No. 1.

County Clerk Glenna Craig said OTC usually takes a recommendation from the state senator for the area instead of consulting the county commissioners because allowing their input would effectively give them two appointees.

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