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Lawton hotel tax, Grady County sales tax increasing

SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA_Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots and make their voices heard.

Voters in Lawton were asked if the hotel occupancy tax should be raised one-half percent to 5.5 percent. It passed with nearly 80 percent of the vote, 1,426-361

Sterling voters decided to grant PSO a 25-year non-exclusive franchise agreement to supply the town with electricity. The ballot passed unanimously, 47-0.

Voters living in the Cache Public Schools area decided on two bond proposals totaling more than $38 million to make upgrades to the buildings and available equipment; they would be paid for by increasing the property tax. The first proposal for $37,120,000 would go toward furniture, repairs, remodeling, storm shelters and science labs. The second proposal for $1.2 million would go toward transportation.

Both propositions had a majority of the votes, but the $37 million bond proposal failed to reach the 60 percent it needed to pass, the $1.2 million bond proposal passed with nearly 62 percent of the vote. Prop 1, 414-380 (52.14% said yes). Prop 2, 491-303 (61.84% said yes).

Voters is Grady County were asked if the sales tax should be increased by one-eight percent to support senior nutrition centers across the county. It passed with a large majority of the votes, 1,379-271.

Rush Springs voters were asked if the sales tax should be increased by one percent to operate and support Rush Springs Emergency Medical Services. It passed with a fairly large portion of the votes, 102-28.

You can read the full text of the ballots below.

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?

Yes-1,426
No-361

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.

Yes-47
No-0

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?

Yes-414
No-380

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 ($1,200,000) 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?

Yes-491
No-303

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.

Yes-1,379
No-271

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?

Yes-102
No-28

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