Norman residents to vote Tuesday on room tax increase

Norman residents will be asked Tuesday to approve an increase in the hotel room tax.
BY JANE GLENN CANNON jcannon@opubco.com Published: March 30, 2013
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If the measure passes, the new rate would take effect May 1, Koranda said.

The Norman Arts Council has been an excellent steward of the funds in the past, Koranda said, using its portion to grant matching funds for such community events as Jazz in June and for arts education projects sponsored by the Firehouse Art Center and Sooner Theatre.

The Parks and Recreation Department has used room tax money to help pay for improvements at Griffin Park, Reaves Park and Westwood Park, Koranda said.

Koranda said the Convention and Visitors Bureau needs additional money to boost tourism, which would boost sales tax revenue. Currently, the bureau's operating budget is the lowest of any tourism bureau in the Big 12 Conference, Koranda said.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will remain open until 7 p.m.