County treasurer's office will be open to accept tax payments

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Cleveland County's Board of Commissioners has rescheduled the swearing in of a new member from 8:30 a.m. Tuesday until 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Cleveland County Courthouse.

County Clerk Dorinda Harvey said the state order declaring a day of mourning for former President Gerald Ford caused the move from Tuesday to Wednesday. Commissioners also moved their previously holiday rescheduled meeting from 9 a.m. Tuesday to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

However, the county treasurer's office on the first floor of the county office building will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to accept tax payments. The first half of property taxes are due by Dec. 31. Because that falls on a Sunday and the courthouse takes the holiday Monday, officials moved the payment date to Tuesday.

Norman, Purcell, Moore and Noble city officials said they planned to remain open. Federal offices will be closed along with Tinker Air Force Base.

The state's constitution requires the Legislature meet this coming Tuesday at noon. The House and state Senate will convene at noon Tuesday, Jan. 2, to hold formal elections for the offices of speaker, speaker pro tempore, Senate president pro tempore and co-president pro tempore.

Spokesman Damon Gardenhire said following the elections, legislators will hold a joint session to publish statewide results from November's general election. As part of the National Day of Mourning, House and Senate lawmakers will observe a moment of silence to honor President Ford.

Norman Utilities Superintendent Scottie Williams said the city's revised holiday trash schedule will stay the same, with a day delay on pickup days.

That means if residents regularly have a Monday trash pickup, their trash will be picked up Tuesday. If their trash pickup is Tuesday, it will be picked up Wednesday and so on.

Norman sanitation crews will pick up Christmas trees with yard waste pickup, also delayed by a day in all neighborhoods.

They ask that ornaments, lights and stands be removed and that residents cut trees more than 6 feet tall in half.

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