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Okla. Lawmakers Chastised Over Debt to Counties (Sep 22, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A county finance official drew the ire of a House budget chairman when he questioned whether the state was a "deadbeat" for failing to reimburse counties $43 million since 2002 for a homestead exemption for low-income homeowners.

Larry Stein, the chief deputy for the Oklahoma County assessor's office, discussed the issue Thursday during a study on bond indebtedness by the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

While criticizing lawmakers for failing to reimburse counties for the homestead exemption, Stein delivered a presentation that featured a picture of a homeless man and a definition of the word "deadbeat."

House Appropriations and Budget Chairman Rep. Earl Sears, R-Muskogee, told Stein he took exception to the term and says the state takes seriously its debt obligations.



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