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  • ACCO and OCCEDB have compiled a group of statutes and Attorney General (AG) opinions that have been used over the years to answer questions asked of us. These questions and answers are provided as a resource for county officers but should not be construed as legal opinions. County commissioners and other county officers should consult with their District Attorney for legal counsel.

Can the board of county commissioners invoke a burn ban?

Answer: 2 OS § 16-26 B

What kinds of lights are required on county vehicles and machinery when doing emergency work or construction and/or maintenance of highways?

Answer: 47 OS § 12-229 C

Are county owned vehicles and machinery required to be marked?

Answer: 69 OS § 645

When does a newly elected county commissioners term begin and when does it end?

Answer: 19 OS § 131 C

Can the sheriff and other county officers hire legal counsel?

Answer: 19 OS § 527 and 19 OS § 528

Details of the County Equalization Board

Answer: 68 OS § 2861

Are there set fines for illegal dumping on public property?

Answer: 21 OS § 1761.1

Who replaces a county commissioner or other elected official when there is a vacancy and what are the powers of that person?

Answer: 19 OS § 180.65 , 51 OS § 10 , 26 OS § 12-111 , 1996 OK AG 15

If a county has a website, what information are they required to post on that website?

Answer: 74 OS § 3106.2 , 74 OS § 3106.4

What authority does the board of county commissioners have to fight wild fires and assist local fire departments?

Answer: 19 OS § 351, 19 OS § 351.1, 19 OS § 351.3

Can a citizen/land owner make donations to a particular county road district?

Answer: 69 OS § 601 , 69 OS § 1503


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