Broken Arrow power plant claims county has no authority to levy property taxes, citing McGirt decision

Oneta Power LLC is challenging an increase in its personal property tax valuation, citing a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt with tribal jurisdictions. 

BROKEN ARROW – A tax protest like no other is taking place in Wagoner County, which if successful could broadly impact some public schools and other government bodies that rely on property taxes for much of their funding.

Oneta Power LLC, which owns a power plant at 25142 E. 105th St. in Broken Arrow, is challenging an increase in its personal property tax valuation based, in part, on claims that it doesn’t owe the county any property taxes, citing a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt with tribal jurisdictions.

Oneta Power claims that the McGirt Supreme Court decision, which limited the state’s criminal jurisdiction within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, also applies to civil tax matters.

The McGirt ruling established that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation, which dates back to 1866, had never been disestablished by Congress, meaning that major crimes involving American Indians that occur within the reservation were the jurisdiction of federal or tribal government rather than state government.

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