Del City voters on Tuesday will consider renewing a 5-year-sales tax estimated to generate $18.5 million, while in Norman, a $42.6 million bond issue is on the ballot, and two well-known Oklahoma County candidates will face off for court clerk.
Throughout the state, almost every county has a local, state or national election on the ballot Aug. 28, including all of the runoff elections from the June primary, where candidates failed to get a majority of the vote.
In Oklahoma County, registered Republicans will get to select the new court clerk because no Democrat filed for the seat being vacated by the 15-year incumbent Patricia Presley.
Presley's chief deputy in the court clerk's office, Tim Rhodes, 55, received almost 40 percent of the vote in the June 26 primary but failed to get the required majority.
He will face Charles Key, a former state representative, who came in second in the primary with 36 percent of the vote.
The other two candidates were eliminated.
It's been a fairly expensive race for a county-level seat. Rhodes' most recent campaign report shows he raised $58,936 by mid-August and has spent $44,786, while Key reported raising $61,834 and spending $46,745.
The court clerk's office maintains court records and collects criminal fines and fees.
Key, 58, has been painted as a right-wing radical by the opposition, particularly for his comments that the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995 was a government conspiracy.
His opposition has labeled Rhodes an office lackey who has served too long in a liberal setting under Presley, a Democrat.
Del City sales tax
Del City is asking voters to renew a 1.5 percent sales tax that would be used to fund a new Del City Metropolitan Library, a female veterans memorial project in Patriot Park, a sports complex, a public works administration building, street repairs and new vehicles for police and public works.
The sales tax previously had been used to construct the fire and police stations, and City Hall. It is set to expire, and sales tax in the area will decrease if voters don't approve the renewal.
Norman bond issue
Norman voters will have to decide whether they want a $42.6 million general obligation bond package that would increase property taxes by about $36 a year for a home valued at $100,000.
The money would go toward paying the city's portion of eight transportation related projects. The projects will improve two bridges and six arterial streets, alleviating traffic and flooding issues.