The Franchise Tax currently is estimated to bring in over $40 million, so that will leave about $10 million in collections remaining. I have legislation filed to allocate this amount to use for rebates in private shelters. Any individual in Oklahoma may apply for assistance to build personal storm shelters from this separate fund to also be administered by OEM. I envision that this will not only be used by homeowners, but also establishments such as mobile home parks, apartment complexes, assisted living facilities and other businesses which have persons who live in their care. This will also be available to churches and private schools to receive this benefit.
While other proposals have been suggested, this initiative is the only one that will not raise taxes in any form or fashion. By using existing revenue collections and dedicating them to a specific purpose, that will allow for those who pay the Franchise Tax to know exactly where their money is going and the benefit which will be seen by this program.
I want to conclude my column this week by extending my sympathies to some very good friends of mine for the passing of their daughter, who I was fortunate enough to be named her godparent. Joe and Shannon Denney’s daughter, Katie, passed away from injuries last week in an ATV malfunction. She was a beautiful teenager who was a kind, caring young lady. I was looking forward to her paging at the Capitol this year and I am sad that I will not have the chance to spend that time with her. Please keep them, their friends and their other family members in your thoughts and prayers.
It is an honor to represent your views at the State Capitol. If you wish to contact me to discuss one of these or another issue, I can be reached at my office in Oklahoma City toll-free at 1-800-522-8502, or directly at 1-405-557-7305. My email address is email@example.com at work. My mailing address is PO Box 559, Rush Springs, OK 73082 and my website is www.joedorman.com on the Internet. Thank you for taking the time to read this column and I look forward to seeing you soon.