Freedom Schools to receive $242,507 in back taxes
April 15, 2020
Nearly a half million dollars is being released to school districts in Woods County following negotiations between DCP Operating Company and Woods County Assessor Renetta Benson. DCP filed tax appeals for 2016 through 2018. After much back and forth between attorneys for DCP and Woods County, agreements were reached in March setting assessed property values for each of the four years.
In a meeting of the Woods County Tax Roll Corrections Board Wednesday, April 15, Benson said ad valorem taxes from DCP, a natural gas company based in Denver, Colorado, have been held in escrow. Now that an agreement has been reached, $499,343 in taxes will be released to four school districts.
Freedom Public Schools are the biggest beneficiary with a total of $242,507 going into their budget. Waynoka Public Schools will be receiving $87,669, and Alva Public Schools will get $13,557. The remaining $155,610 will go to Major County for the portion of Woods County covered by the Aline-Cleo School District. The amounts vary according to where DCP assets are located in the county.
Before filing the appeals and the negotiations, DCP would have owed the county $166,180 more over the four year period.
Woods County Commissioner Randy McMurphy chairs the Tax Roll Corrections Board with Benson and Bob Seivert as members.
Benson said tax protests are still pending for 2018 with SandRidge and BCE-Mach.