Stillwater News Press

July 21, 2013

Government Watch: Commissioners to discuss backhoe purchase

By NewsPress Staff
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Payne County Commissioners will discuss the purchase of a new CAT 240F 2013 backhoe at Monday’s meeting. The district has a backhoe but will consider purchasing a new one.

Funding for the backhoe stems from the 3/8 cent sales tax. Many road projects and equipment purchases are paid for by the 3/8 cent sales tax, said District 2 County Commissioner Chris Reding.

“The 3/8 cent sales tax the county keeps passing is a huge economic driver for Payne County,” Reding said. “It allows for the purchase of road materials and all sorts of stuff we wouldn’t be able to do. The reason the roads are so good in Payne County is because of this tax.”

If the county approves the agenda item, it will start taking bids on the backhoe. A vote to approve the purchase would come at a later meeting.

The backhoe will be used for general purposes, including digging ditches, water lines and road work.

Other items to be discussed and voted on at Monday’s meeting include:

• A road agreement with the city of Perkins

• Contract renewal with Central Lawn Care

• Appointment of Nathan Anderson to Sales Tax Oversight/Advisory Committee

• Approval of LEPC membership.

• Payne County Health Department’s contract renewal with A&M storage, Peak Pest Services, Business World, Alliance Maintenance, Central Lawn and Landscape, Jeremy W. Huckabay and security, Stillwater Community Health Center, Stillwater Medical Center and OSU Student Health Center.