Rep. Tom Gann of Mayes County was the lone holdout in an overwhelming vote to double the cost for individuals to fail records at their county clerk's office.
Rep. Mark Lawson presented the bill on the floor and said that the fee was set at $5 in 2001. If it becomes law, the fee will be $10.
County Clerks would receive a huge windfall by this action and citizens would have no opt out. Registering transactions at the county clerk's office is an essential means of protecting ownership of real property and establishing proprietorship.
Some argue that this is just one of many examples where govt. creates a greater burden on the people. Electronic record keeping ought to be lowering the cost to county govt., but in this case we just doubled the cost. Other's say this is actually a 'user fee' and not a tax.