City leaders campaign for "yes" votes for 2015 CIP
LAWTON, Okla._ City leaders campaigned for “yes” votes Thursday night in hopes of securing millions of dollars in much needed funding.
Councilmen Jay Burk and Keith Jackson, along with the mayor and city manager, were at Eisenhower High School taking questions from voters, as well as explaining the dozens of projects included in the $100 million 2015 Capital Improvement Project.
The plan will be funded by extending two current sales taxes for another 11 years. Some of the projects include the construction of a new police station, pay increases for police officers and firefighters, as well as $12.5 million for the Lawton Public Schools.
Councilman Burk has been on the council for seven years, and he says this is the most important vote for the City of Lawton in recent history.
“This is a huge step forward for us and everyone pays sales tax, even people that come through our community or spend the night here in a hotel. They are paying part of that through the sales tax initiative,” says Burk. “Everyone is paying their fair share and not just homeowners."
There will be another information session on Monday Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. in the MacArthur cafeteria. Election Day is Tuesday Aug. 26.