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Some Oklahoma propositions will have big impacts, officials say

by Andrew Knittle Published: November 4, 2012
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There are two propositions associated with the sales tax extension, one described as “quality-of-life,” the other as “economic development.”

The Vision2 plan would extend the sales tax until 2029, according to Tulsa County officials.

In the city of Tulsa, it's projected that about half of the $157.9 million in Vision2 funding would be used to upgrade and create Arkansas River dams, along with $20 million for improvements to the city's zoo.

Tulsa County has plans to build a new juvenile justice center for $38 million. Another $25 million would be used to improve roads, bridges and other county infrastructure.

Tulsa suburbs would also receive significant funding if voters approve the sales tax extension.

According to Tulsa County officials, Broken Arrow has plans to spend $27.7 million of its Vision2 funding on road projects. City officials have said they plan to widen numerous thoroughfares in the growing city to five lanes.

Broken Arrow is projected to receive $44.1 million if the two propositions are approved by voters on Tuesday, the most of any Tulsa suburb.

Liquor-by-the-drink

A notoriously contentious issue is facing voters in Payne County, who are being asked to decide whether to allow bars and restaurants to sell single servings of liquor on Sundays.

Similar efforts in Payne County were narrowly defeated in 1986 and 1988.

In 1986, 6,326 residents voted against allowing single servings of liquor on Sundays, while 5,418 voted in favor of it.

Two years later, in a presidential election cycle, the measure was again narrowly defeated by a margin of 14,274 to 12,493.

County commissioners put the measure in the ballot in August after two developers, including state Rep. Cory Williams, urged them to do so in order to modernize the Stillwater area's liquor laws.

Commissioners voted 2 to 1 to put the measure on the ballot.

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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