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Marlow residents to vote on sales tax extension

MARLOW, Okla._Voters in Marlow will decide whether or not to extend a one percent sales tax that's been in place for 20 years Tuesday.

The money generated from the tax helps fund improvements around the city such as 15 miles of street repairs, remodeling the fire department and upgrades in the downtown area. City leaders hope that evidence will convince voters to extend the tax for 25 more years.

In 1995, the people of Marlow voted overwhelmingly in favor of it. The vote was 665-to-31. That's a 96 percent approval, and City Manager Jason McPherson says he's optimistic that the outcome will be similar on Tuesday.

That one percent tax in the city of Marlow is what has helped renovate City Hall and the city's library. The tax extension will help do the same thing to better the city.

"This is for capital improvements, it's for nothing else than projects and the maintenance of projects that have already been completed," explained McPherson.

He says that with just one penny per dollar, a lot can be done.

"This tax, that one penny, with each dollar that you spend, takes the pressure off those utility bills and other tax revenues that are needed to pay salary and keep employees and everything that goes with an employee," said McPherson.

One area that the city wants to focus on is the pool that has been there since 1955.

"The pool needs a little tender, love and care, if not completely rebuilt," said McPherson.

The original purpose of the one-cent tax was to improve the city's sewer system. While McPherson says it has done that, they will continue to make improvements to enhance the growth of Marlow.

"It really did a lot more for this community over the years. By the time it goes off it will have eliminated $4.5 dollars in projects. This is going to extend this another 25 years," explained McPherson.

McPherson also noted that Marlow's tax rate is one of the lowest of the surrounding cities, at 8.7 percent. If the measure is approved, the tax would remain at that rate.

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