Storm-Damaged Structures In Oklahoma County Get Tax Break

Thursday, May 31st 2012, 1:29 pm
By: News 9

Several structures in Oklahoma County damaged by this week's severe storms will get a tax break this year, according to Oklahoma County Assessor's Office.

Officials evaluated the damaged structures in Oklahoma County before making the decision. They say these structures will be partially or completely removed from assessment for ad valorem taxes for this year by the County Board of Equalization (BOE).

"This is one of the benefits of having a Budget Board made up of all eight elected county officers, because only in Budget Board counties is there an ability to extend the BOE until June 30 to allow for any damage and destruction from fire or natural disasters like floods, hail or tornadoes," Oklahoma County Assessor Leonard Sullivan said.

The Red Rock Canyon Grill was damaged by a fire Tuesday evening. Fire officials say the lightning from the storms may be to blame.

5/30/2012 Related Story: Fire Sweeps Through Popular Oklahoma City Restaurant

5/29/2012 Related Story: Hail-Packing Storm Causes Injuries, Damage In OKC Metro

Hail being blamed for a fire at the Stratford Inn in Edmond. The fire department says the hail hit a neon sign, catching it on fire.

An employee put the out, but didn't call 911. At about 2 a.m. a man driving by saw smoke coming from the roof, and started knocking on doors to get people out. No one was injured.

Heritage Park Apartments in Oklahoma City also received damage during the hail storm.

5/30/2012 Related Story: Northwest OKC Apartment Complex Damaged In Storms