Emergency Appropriation Planned

Wednesday, April 11th 2007, 6:32 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Legislative budget leaders agree to provide $1.5 million in an emergency appropriation to allow the state to buy land for new military centers in Oklahoma City and Broken Arrow. Major General Harry Wyatt asked for the funding saying the land must be bought by late June to guarantee federal funding to build the centers.

The Armed Forces Reserve Centers are part of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations and would accommodate both Guard and Reserve units.

They will replace old National Guard armories which are being turned over to local governments for other uses.

Seven centers are being built in Oklahoma and property has been acquired for the other five sites.

Centers in Enid, Lawton and McAlester are to be built on federal land, a center in Norman will be built on state land and the city of Muskogee is donating land.