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City proposes new capital improvement project

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LAWTON, Okla._ The City of Lawton could soon be asking voters to extend two separate sales taxes for another eight years.

The city council will consider a proposal at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting for a new capital improvement project.

The new tax would combine two of the city's current sales taxes, to be used, in large part, for public safety improvements and the Lawton Public Schools.

Nearly $34 million will be allocated to a new public safety facility, which is slated to house the police department, city jail and municipal court. City officials say the current police station is badly deteriorated.

Roughly $12.5 million would help fund improvements within LPS. Additional funds generated from the proposed tax would go toward improvements to athletic fields at Cameron University and infrastructure, including road projects, around the city.

The new tax would become effective January 1, 2015, if approved.

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