Half-cent tax to be debated in public forums

LAWTON, Okla_The half-cent sales tax initiative will be the topic of discussion at three upcoming town-hall style meetings.

In Tuesday night's city council meeting it was announced the Lawton city manager and superintendent of Lawton Public Schools will soon organize the meetings.

The tax has brought in more than $25 million to the school district for building and transportation improvements over the past five years, but it's set to expire in December.

Some members of the council favor this money being directed to public safety in the future and have suggested it be used to fund a new police station.

All members of the city council and school board will be present for the meetings that will be open to the public. No word yet on when the first meeting will take place.