Voters Approve School Bond Package

Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 6:11 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City voters overwhelming approved a $248 million school bond package that will pay for capital improvements, new equipment and other upgrades. Voters Tuesday approved four separate propositions, each of which required a 60% super-majority to pass will be funded through property tax.

The largest of the four propositions calls for $212 million in capital improvements, including nearly 50 new gymnasiums, classrooms, roof repairs and heating and air conditioning maintenance. Unofficial returns show the proposition passing with more than 78% of the vote.

Mayor Mick Cornett, who supported passage of the bond package, says he was surprised at the margin by which the propositions passed.

Cornett attributes the passage to members of the school board and board president Cliff Hudson.

Stillwater Voters Approve Bond Issue

Voters in Stillwater have approved a $31 million school bond issue.

The project includes more than $21 million for a multipurpose stadium at Stillwater High School. Other projects are technology and software upgrades, repairs and renovations and increased security.

The proposal needed 60% support to pass and was approved with nearly 65.5% of voters voting for it.

Lawton Voters Approve Sales Tax

Lawton voters approve a three-eighths cent sales tax to cover repairs to city streets, water lines and sewer lines. With all 28 precincts reporting, 3,430 voted for the proposal and 2,233 voted against the measure Tuesday night.

The seven-and-a-half-year tax is expected to generate $28 million. It goes into effect January 1st.

Lawton City Manager Larry Mitchell says the city already has targeted several residential streets and water lines for repair.

Mitchell says about one-third of the funding generated from the tax will go toward long-range improvements.