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LAWTON, Okla._Two propositions are up for vote on October 13 and the deadline to register to vote before the November election is quickly approaching.

Voters in the town of Cornish are deciding on a 25-year franchise agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, and voters in the city of Hollis are deciding on an increase to their sales tax.

The Hollis vote would increase their sales tax by one percent to help fund swimming pool renovations, playground equipment, city equipment, golf course equipment, civic center renovations, a new senior citizens center and other projects.

Friday, October 16, 2015, is the last day to apply for voter registration for the special election on November 10. If you have never registered to vote before or need to make changes to your registration information, you may do so by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form postmarked no later than midnight October 16. Forms are available at your local County Election Board Office, every U.S. Post Office, public library and motor license agency. They are also available online here.

You can read the full text of the ballots in Southwest Oklahoma for October 13 and November 10 below.


October 13, 20115

Town of Cornish

Shall a franchise be granted to the Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a corporation, its successors and assigns giving it the right to produce, transmit and distribute electricity within the Town and to sell electricity therein for all purposes for which it may be used to the Town, its inhabitants and the public generally, and the right to construct, maintain and operate a system of poles, wires, conduits and other facilities and equipment in, upon, across, under and over the streets, alleys, public grounds or ways in the Town for such purposes, for a period of twenty-five (25) years; providing compensation to the Town; in accordance with the terms of Ordinance Number 2015-2, passed and approved by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Cornish, Oklahoma, on the 16th day of July, 2015?

City of Hollis

Shall Ordinance No. 2015-02 approved by the City Council of the City of Hollis, Oklahoma, which levies and assesses an additional excise tax of one percent (1.00%) total municipal sales tax will be at three percent (3.00%), upon the gross proceeds or gross receipts derived from all sales or services in the City upon which a consumer's sales tax is levied by the statutes of the State of Oklahoma and as provided in the Oklahoma Sales Tax Code: providing for the following uses:

1. Swimming Pool Renovation, Splash Pad and Playground Equipment $300,000.00
2. Purchase of Needed City Equipment and Street Signs 200,000.00
3. Golf Course Equipment and Improvements 200,000.00
4. Civic Center Renovation 100,000.00
5. Build a New Senior Citizens Center 100,000.00
6. Police Department Emergency Generator 25,000.00
7. Expansion and Equipment for Fairmount Cemetery 75,000.00
Total: $1,000,000.00

providing that such additional sales tax shall be used for said capital expenditures by the City and/or for payment of debt service in connection with obligations issued to finance said capital expenditures and shall be limited to a duration of twelve (12) years (one hundred forty-four (144) months) commencing January 1, 2016, providing for severability, be approved by the voters?

November 10, 2015

City of Lawton

Shall Ordinance No. 15-20 of the City of Lawton, Oklahoma be approved, which levies and assesses a continuation of a hotel occupancy tax at the rate of a modest increase from five percent (5%) to five and on-half percent (5.5%) for a period of five (5) years, beginning May 1, 2016, on the rents received from the occupancy of hotel/motel rooms, unless such tax is extended by a subsequent vote of the electorate; providing that the revenues from the tax collected be placed in a special fund of the city and appropriated annually for the exclusive purposes of encouraging, promoting and fostering conventions, tourism, industrial development and economic development in the City of Lawton; and providing that the Lawton City Council may enter into agreement for accomplishing the purposes for which the hotel occupancy tax is authorized and levied?

City of Sterling

An ordinance granting to Public Service Company of Oklahoma, an Oklahoma corporation, its successors and assigns, a non-exclusive franchise for twenty-five (25) years to use the streets, alleys, avenues, ways, and other public places and grounds in the Town of Sterling, Comanche County, Oklahoma, for building, equipping, maintaining, extending, owning, and operating a system for the manufacture, transmission, distribution, sale, and control of electricity and communication circuits for itself and others in and to the Town and the public generally; providing for assignment; granting right to operate business with reasonable rules; whereby Public Service Company of Oklahoma agrees to maintain electric service pursuant to Oklahoma Corporation Commission regulation and agrees to indemnify the Town in certain situations; whereby Public Service Company of Oklahoma is given a continuing right to operate within the Town’s limits and is authorized to allow those properly permitted to attach facilities to its poles; whereby Public Service Company of Oklahoma agrees to charge legal rates for such service; if possible to sell and deliver to the Town all electricity and services requested by it; providing for payment to the Town by Public Service Company of Oklahoma of a monthly fee on gross receipts from delivery and, if applicable, the sale of electricity; calling for an election and providing for acceptance; providing for repeal of conflicting ordinances; providing for severability; and declaring an emergency.

City of Cache

Prop 1

Shall Independent School District Number 1 of Comanche County, Oklahoma, incur an indebtedness by issuing its bonds in the sum of Thirty Seven Million One Hundred Seventy Thousand Dollars ($37,170,000) to be issued in series to provide funds for the purpose of constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings, acquiring school furniture, fixtures and equipment and acquiring and improving school sites, and levy and collect an annual tax, in addition to all other taxes, upon all the taxable property in such District sufficient to pay the interest on such bonds as it falls due and also to constitute a sinking fund for the payment of the principal thereof when due, said bonds to bear interest not to exceed the rate of ten (10%) percentum per annum, payable semi-annually and to become due serially within five (5) years from their date?

Prop 2

Shall Independent School District Number 1 of Comanche County, Oklahoma, incur an indebtedness by issuing its bonds in the sum on One Million Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,200,00) to be issued in series to provide funds for the purpose of purchasing transportation equipment, and levy and collect an annual tax, in addition to all other taxes, upon all the taxable property in such District sufficient to pay the interest on such bonds as it falls due and also to constitute a sinking fund for the payment of the principal thereof when due, said bonds to bear interest not to exceed the rate of ten (10%) percentum per annum, payable semi-annually and to become due serially within five (5) years from their date?

Grady County

Shall Grady County, Oklahoma levy a one-eighth of one percent (0.125%) sales tax in addition to any and all existing sales tax for the support of the Grady County Senior Nutrition Centers, specifically the senior nutrition centers located in Alex, Chickasha, Minco, Ninnekah, Rush Springs, Tuttle and Verden? This sales tax shall commence on the 1st day of January, 2016 and shall expire and cease to be collected on the 31st day of 2020.

The sales tax, if approved by a majority of the voters in Grady County, Oklahoma, shall be used for the purpose of maintaining, equipping, repairing, renovating, constructing and/or operating the Grady County Senior Nutrition Centers, specifically the senior nutrition centers located in Alex, Chickasha, Minco, Ninnekah, Rush Springs, Tuttle and Verden.

Town of Rush Springs

Shall Ordinance No. 369 of the Mayor and Board of Trustees of the Town of Rush Springs, Oklahoma, levying and assessing a sales tax at the rate of one percent (1%), in addition to all other town, county and state sales taxes presently being levied or assessed, upon the gross proceeds or gross receipts derived from all sales to any person taxable under the sales tax law of Oklahoma, including but not limited to certain enumerated exceptions listed therein; the proceeds of which shall be used for the purpose of providing revenues for the operation and support of the Rush Springs Emergency Medical Services; providing for the administration and collection of tax; requiring the filing of returns; providing for interested and penalties for failure to pay tax when due; providing for tax payers to keep records; requiring vendors to collect tax from purchasers at the time of sale; establishing liens; authorizing the Board of Trustees to make administrative and technical changes and additions, except tax rate; making the tax cumulative; providing severability of provisions; requiring approval of the ordinance by the majority of registered voters voting at an election held for such purpose as provided by law; fixing an effective date; and declaring an emergency be approved?

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