After three meetings with Pontotoc County commissioners to iron out the wording and legality of a resolution from volunteer fire departments to put a sales tax increase before county voters in November, firefighters appear to have a document the commission can vote on at its Monday meeting.
Chairman Justin Roberts, an outspoken critic of a three-sixteenths-cent increase that would benefit not only fire departments but also Call-A-Ride, county-owned nutrition centers and emergency management, attended Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Fittstown VFD and witnessed the signing of that department’s approval of the resolution. A question had been raised by District 1 commissioner Gary Starns at Monday’s volatile meeting about whether one of the Fittstown board members who had signed an earlier approval had actually been present at the meeting where the document was signed.
“There was a question about a date,” Roberts said Thursday. “I was dodging bullets from the other side of the room, so I had never saw the document in question, but I feel confident (Fittstown) acted properly in their board meeting and everything was done per state statute pertaining to Oklahoma’s Open Meeting Act.
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