Midwest City voters pass measures

BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Modified: October 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm •  Published: October 9, 2013
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Voters overwhelmingly passed five ballot measures Tuesday that will allow hospital trustees to use a trust fund to manage Midwest Regional Medical Center and raise salaries for the mayor and council, among other things.

Four of the five measures, including the trust fund issue, passed with more than 80 percent of the vote.

Raises for the mayor and council passed with 1,132 votes, or 71.2 percent, in favor and 457, or 28.8 percent, opposed.

The proposition on the hospital trust will allow trustees to spend up to $50 million from the medical center's trust fund.

The money was originally intended to buy back the hospital lease from Health Management Associates Inc. That company is in the process of being sold to another company, Community Health Systems Inc.

Doctors, nurses and hospital staff had complained about Health Management Associates, and city officials decided to go ahead with the vote so that the option to buy out the lease is available if things do not improve under Community Health Systems.

Other ballot measures approved by Midwest City voters will set future election dates and institute a recall procedure for elected city officials.

Other results in state

• Kingfisher County voters approved a 0.5 percent sales tax for county roads and bridges. The measure passed with 66.1 percent of the vote.

• Voters in Newcastle defeated a $9 million bond issue that would have allowed for construction of a new fire station, improvements at Pinecrest Park, a splash pad and sprayground at Veteran's Park, and other park improvements.

• McLoud voters approved a $625,000 bond issue for purchasing transportation equipment, with 60.2 percent in favor.


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