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December 11, 2017

Driving Forward

Toll hikes and driving forward

We knew it was coming. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority approved three rate hikes more than a year ago to help pay for the new turnpikes being built. The OTA board reaffirmed the next phase of the hike at its meeting this week. Click here for a copy of 2018 Toll Rates. We’ll start paying more

Turnpike Bond Sale is Imminent

With another constitutional challenge cleared in court, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is proceeding with his $480 million bond sale to fund its new turnpike program, Driving Forward. At Tuesday’s OTA meeting, Director Tim Gatz told the Authority that the bond sale will be announced in newspapers next week. Officials later said the announcement will be in newspapers

Turnpike Authority Sued for Fraud

A dictionary, the state’s Open Records laws, the Oklahoma constitution and meeting minutes of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority were cited in Tuesday’s lawsuit challenging the OTA’s funding of its proposed $480 million Driving Forward Program. Constitutional advocate Jerry Fent filed the lawsuit 20 days after the court denied his earlier protests that the OTA’s practices

The Turnpike Wins at the State Supreme Court

The State Supreme Court today gave the nod to a $480 million bond issuance to fund the Driving Forward turnpike program, including the Eastern Oklahoma County Turnpike. The case has been stalled at the state high court since early October following a referee hearing where attorneys for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority pled its case. In addition, the “protestant” Jerry Fent

Toll Hikes and Legal Maneuvers

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority wants to be ready to increase tolls as soon as “practicable”  if it doesn’t lose a lawsuit making its way through the State Supreme Court. The Authority met Tuesday and approved 17% toll hikes to help pay for the Driving Forward turnpike project. However, a challenge making its way through the court is

Their Day in Court

Attorney Jerry Fent says his days of fighting eminent domain cases are long over. At 82-years-old, he can reflect on a long career defending citizens when the government wants to take their property. You could say he’s been there, done that. Still, he said, Eastern Oklahoma County residents opposed to the Driving Forward program to put a

A Showdown at the Supreme Court

An attorney challenging the constitutionality of how the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority funds its turnpikes gets his day in court tomorrow. Another group wants its say as well before the Oklahoma Surpreme Court. High Court Referee Daniel Karim is scheduled to hear the case Tuesday, September 20 at 10:30 am. Attorney Jerry Fent, who lists himself as

Bonds Approved with a Catch

The State Bond Oversight Commission on Thursday gave contingency approval to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority to sell bonds to fund the Driving Forward Program. However, OTA has to get its legal issues out of the way first, according to State Bond Advisor James Joseph. “A condition of the approval was that they resolve any legal issues

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