Oklahoma and Mississippi host local elections today

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September 13, 2011


JACKSON, Mississippi: Today in both Oklahoma and Mississippi, school issues will be decided in some counties. Residents in Rankin County will decide the fate of a $169.5 million bond for the local school district. The main project for this money would be two new High School buildings for the district, a new elementary school as well as upgrading roofs and athletic facilities throughout the district. School officials note that the last school bond was in 2001 and it was approved, so they are hoping residents will still support them this time around. Also, that the improvements are to help the students and were only what was thought neecessary by the district.[1]

In Oklahoma, three school districts in Le Flore County will host school bond elections today. The bonds for all three school districts seek to upgrade school facilities and technology throughout the schools. These bonds need a super majority, 60 percent, approval in order to pass. The first school district, Shady Point, is seeking a bond in the amount of $250,000 for security upgrades; the Monroe school district is seeking a bond in the amount of $160,000 for new buses; Red oak school is seeking a bond in the amount of $1.31 million in order to repair and upgrade school facilities as needed.[2] In Osage County, residents will decide on a sales tax increase to fund a Courthouse expansion project. In Mayes County, residents in the town of Chouteau will decide whether or not they want to add a month water fee at a rate of $7 in order to hire two full time firefighters. Other issues will also be decided in different counties throughout the state.[3]

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