Oklahoma House passes resolution to fund tornado shelters

by Randy Ellis Modified: March 13, 2014 at 11:29 am •  Published: March 13, 2014
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The Oklahoma House Thursday passed a resolution to bring a measure before voters this fall to fund tornado shelters and other public safety improvements at schools.

The proposed constitutional amendment would allow school districts to exceed their bonding capacity for these improvements. These bond measures would be funded by property taxes and would be subject to approval by local voters.

The House-backed resolution, which is supported by Gov. Mary Fallin,  now goes to the state Senate. If approved there, it would go on the November ballot.

A competing proposal, backed by Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, would create a $500 million state bond fund for the same purpose. Backers of that plan are trying to place it on a statewide ballot. The proposed ballot language for that plan is now tied up in court.

by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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