The Payne County Commissioners have approved a contract with Tisdal & O’Hara for legal services for the Payne County Assessor’s Office.

County Assessor James Cowan, anticipates legal work will be required over assessments he has made on oil being held at the Cushing tank farms. Cowan says there is storage for more than 75 million barrels of oil at those facilities. Oil traders hold the oil in storage and resale the oil, he said. Cowan said Oklahoma law has a freeport exemption from taxation for products used in manufacturing, but he doesn’t believe that exemption applies to oil held in storage for resale.

In other business, the commissioners approved two purchase orders totaling $71,343.70 for new Taser guns for the Payne County Sheriff’s Department. According to Undersheriff Kevin Woodward, the old Tasers are obsolete and needed to be replaced. The new tasers use a replaceable cartridge containing compressed nitrogen to deploy two small probes that are attached to the cartridge by insulated conductive wires. Each Taser gun costs $1,029.70 and cartridges cost $33 each. Officers using the Taser guns will undergo training later this month and will then have the guns available for use.

Finally, they renewed lease purchase agreements with American Heritage Bank of Yale for equipment for District 3. The commissioners also approved resolutions for election board policy changes and for a payment option for worker’s compensation insurance. 

They also approved a contract for juvenile detention transportation and appointed requisitioning and receiving officers for multiple county departments.

Tax Resale results:

Payne County Treasurer Carla Manning, conducted an annual tax resale on Monday morning at the Gloria Hesser conference room on the second floor of the Payne County Administration Building. The county listed 26 properties for sale for delinquent taxes, which drew the interest of 46 registered bidders. Buyers were found for 23 of those properties.

A total of $107,580.51 was generated from the sale, Manning said. The former Mom’s restaurant, 2112 S. Main in Stillwater, was among the properties sold. Michael Martin bought the property for $6,351.56, the amount of delinquent property taxes owed. Tax resales are held across Oklahoma on the second Monday of June for properties that are 3 or more years past due on taxes.