Re: Chamber briefed

This morning I read in the Stillwater Newspress an article entitled “Chamber briefed on local issues”. A couple items jumped out at me.

1. Rex Horning (president of Stillwater National Bank, also a member of the OSU Foundation Board of Govenors and the OSU Board of Trustees). Mr. Horning is chair of the Long Range Task Force for the Chamber of Commerce. He said in the Chamber board meeting held thursday, that capacity for business and expansion has been identified as a priority. The city’s LIMITED inventory of AVAILABE sites, if not addressed, will SLOW ECONOMY GROWTH and JOB CREATION.

Yet, it is Mr. Horning who is so adamently supporting OSU’s acquisition of MORE property in Stillwater, when they already have 24,674 acres. Much of that is vacant. And there are ongoing “negotiations” for property by OSU BESIDES the property North of the current campus, south of campus, and east of campus. OSU pays NO property taxes on property owned in Stillwater, to the City of Stillwater . It seems there is a contradition here. One speaks to the chamber and one as OSU foundation/trustee boards. Is there a confilict of interest?

2. Dr. Walter Swanson (superintendent of Stillwater Public Schools) told the board that the Stillwater Public School district experienced a seven percent rate of growth in assessed valuation as a result of a strong Stillwater eonomy. BUT because of the state’s funding formula, not all of the tax revenue growth will benefit the district. He continued, that even though state funding is not adequate, Stillwater has been able to maintain its commitment to quality education.

…….Because? I may be wrong, but wonder if that is due to high property taxes for the citizens of Stillwater. The city will be losing property taxes from apprpoximately 410 properties. At various meetings concerning the school, Dr. Swanson has stated that the loss of revenue, due to the OSU acquisitions will cause little hardship to the Stillwater Schools. It has also been stated that OSU will make up the difference for the loss, which remains to be seen.

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One Response to Re: Chamber briefed

  1. Vera Long says:

    Here’s a part of a Letter to the Editor by me, Vera Long, which was published in Stillwater Newspress and Stillwater Journal…….
    ……In announcing five town hall meetings, Gary Shutt, OSU spokesman, said one item is fairly non-negotiable and thet is where OSU plans to construct the athletic village. He stated, “We have made our decision that we are going to continue to build in that core area.”
    In other words the thousand people who are being displaced have no choice about their future. Their homes will be bulldozed and the Athletic Village will be built according to the master plan….but it’s not over.
    OSU officials have not listened to the voices of the residents who object to this drastic plan. Except for the excellent coverage of the news media to inform people of what’s going on, freedom of speech has been quenched.
    When people know the difference between right and wrong but persist in doing wrong, they are evil.
    OSU Regents and City Commissioners know this plan is wrong.
    They have the choice, the option, the duty and power to refuse to approve this project until OSU revises the plan and leaves the l00-acre community alone. Vera Long, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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