Hochatown Begins Process to Reclaim Historic Town
In 2015, a group of citizens began efforts to incorporate modern-day Hochatown. The City of Broken Bow, in a direct move to block these incorporation efforts, annexed a strip of land directly through the very heart of Hochatown. The citizens of Hochatown, seeking to protect their statutory right to incorporate their community, subsequently filed a lawsuit in the District Court of McCurtain County. The Judge ruled in Hochatown's favor but Broken Bow appealed the ruling. After many years of litigation the final appellate judgement was in Hochatown's favor.
Once incorporated, Hochatown may begin the process of establishing a tax base and collecting tax revenue to improve and implement municipal services and infrastructure which directly serve the businesses, homeowners and investors in Hochatown.
An incorporated town will have five (5) elected trustees which are voted upon by Hochatown's registered voters. Once the town board is formed, an experienced and professional town administrator will be hired to run the day-to-day operations of an incorporated Hochatown.
Documents, including a detailed survey of the proposed city limits, will be available for inspection now through March 24, 2022 at the following locations:
McCurtain County Rural Water District No. 5: 9180 N. US Highway 259, Broken Bow, OK 74728
First State Bank, 129 N. Lukfata Trail, Broken Bow, OK 74728
Sovereign Title Services, 8815 N. US Highway 259, Broken Bow, OK 74728
Abendigo’s Grill and Patio, 10050 N US Highway 259, Broken Bow, OK 74728
On or about March 25, 2022, the Petition for Incorporation will be presented to the McCurtain County Board of County Commissioners who will then have thirty days to hold a hearing on the petition for approval.
A special presentation of the Notice of Intent to Incorporate will be presented to the surviving Hochatown originals and their descendants at the Oklahoma Historical Society historical marker, located adjacent to the Hochatown Union Church. A date for the honorary presentation will be set soon.
If you are a registered voter within the proposed territory to be incorporated and you would like to sign the petition in support of incorporation, please contact Dian Jordan on or before March 23, 2022 at (904) 600-2713.