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Elections held in Oklahoma today, variety of issues to be decided

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October 11, 2011

Oklahoma

TULSA, Oklahoma: Local elections are being held throughout Oklahoma today. Some elections of note include a sales tax increase in the city of Edmond to help pay for a new police headquarters building. The increase would be set at half a cent and would be in place for a period of five years to support the new building's construction and furnishing. Police officials note that the current facility is far too small to deal with all that is required of the police force.[1] In Green county, residents in the Broken Arrow school district and the city of Owasso will decide on bond measures. The school district is asking for the money from a previous bond to be reallocated for use in developing a pre-K and child development center in the district. The bond in question was approved in 2009 and is set to get rid of portable classrooms in the district, school officials still plan to do that with the new center's construction. In Owassa, three questions will be asked of residents, $11 million to fund a new soccer complex and improve athletic fields, $5 million to widen a portion of city streets and $9 million to build an aquatic center and improve city parks.[2]

In the Nowata school district area, residents are being asked to approve a bond in the amount of $10.6 million which would go towards renovating the district elementary and middle schools as well as adding classrooms and building a new gymnasium. This will be the third time voters will be asked to approve this bond, it has already been defeated twice.[3]

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