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June 7, 2014

Commissioners discuss tax increases

PRYOR, OK — Mayes County Commissioners discussed two tax increases at the meeting Tuesday morning to be brought to the public for a vote.

The first a 1/8 cent tax which may be placed on the August ballot according to Commissioner Alva Martin.

The revenue from the tax would be used to help fund the jail.

“This would be to try to compensate for the loss of jail revenue from the Department of Corrections since they pulled out their inmates,” said Martin.

The decision to pursue the tax, Martin said, depended on paying off the court house.

“Commissioner (Ryan) Ball proposed a hotel/motel tax that would come up to five percent per room per night,” said Martin. “I told him people are taxed to death, so we’d be hard-pressed to pass two tax increases at once.”

Martin said the commissioners discussed using the tax for “anything and everything” but said “people would want to use it for tourism.”

Pryor Mayor Jimmy Tramel was on hand to provide revenue numbers the Pryor Hotel/Motel tax generates. Tramel said according to his estimation the county could generate approximately $200,000 annually from the tax.

“The hotels and motels we’re looking at are in Locust, the three south of Pryor and the deal south of Langley by the river. According to my math, the revenue would be closer to $80,000,” said Martin, who added that he wants more time to research both proposed tax increases.

Martin said the proposals will be discussed at upcoming commissioner meetings.

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