Recent local Oklahoma election news

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July 13, 2011

DEL CITY, Oklahoma: Recent elections held in Del City, Oklahoma gave their approval of a $3 million bond which will allow the fire department to buy new equipment as well as upgrade the storm drainage system in the city. The fire department plans to buy a new fire truck and two new fire pumpers as well as upgrade the outdoor warning system. The city has planned several drainage projects which will also use some of the bond money.[1]

Firefighters in the city had noted their old equipment and trucks as the reason behind their need of more money. One truck was often out of order and therefore led to slower response times for fires as the department did not have the extra truck.[2]

The Mid-Del School District will hold a bond referendum on September 13. The Midwest and Del City school district is seeking approval of a bond in the amount of $90.5 million in order to build two new elementary schools in the district as well as make upgrades to all facilities in the district. Bond votes in Oklahoma need a super majority of 60 percent in order to be approved. The district had also asked for a bond in December 2010, but it was not approved by residents.[3]

Upgrades to facilities include modernizing technology, upgrades to the heating and cooling systems as well as flooring, roofing and security upgrades. This bond differs from the one requested in December in that it would have a lower interest rate and would reduce the time spent repaying the money back. School officials are hoping that this will encourage residents to approve this bond.[3]

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