Oklahoma elections: Guthrie Schools bond issue fails by almost 78 percent

An almost $89.8 million bond issue that would have raised taxes by almost 24 percent in the Guthrie School District failed Tuesday night.
By Tricia Pemberton Published: August 25, 2010

Voters in the Guthrie School District thoroughly rejected an almost $89.8 million school bond issue Tuesday night that would have raised property taxes almost 24 percent.

Almost 78 percent of the vote was against the bond issue, with 3,834 no votes and 1,089 yes.

The bond issue would have funded a new high school with several sports fields and a new gymnasium, among other changes.

Superintendent Terry Simpson said he's not sure if the school district will come back with a bond issue in the near future.

In Oklahoma County, 73 percent, or 23,978, of Oklahoma City voters said yes to a new 25-year franchise agreement with Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. No votes totaled 9,117. The agreement will allow ONG to use city rights of way to deliver gas and requires the company give 3 percent of its revenues to the city as a franchise fee.

Norman voters said no to rate hikes for water and sanitation services. The vote was 5,302, or almost 59 percent against, to 3,707 for the sanitation hike; and 3,980, or almost 65 percent against, to 2,161 for the water rate increase.

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