Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma County Voters Approve Bond Issue for Tinker Air Force Base

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma County Voters Approve Bond Issue for Tinker Air Force Base

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With overwhelming voter approval, Oklahoma County commissioners could sell the first of possibly $50 million worth of bonds by early summer.
Bonds are expected to be sold in $10 million increments until 104 homes and several businesses have been removed from hazardous areas, threatening Tinker Air Force Base.
No definite estimate on costs of removing these homes and businesses has been made, Commissioner Stuart Earnest, chairman, said Wednesday.
"I expect we'll have a special session to start getting our ducks in order next week," said Stuart, who represents District 3. "At that time, we'll put together the oversight committee, I call it the watchdog committee, bring in the appraisers and start getting everything ready."
It will "probably be" between 10 months and a year before the first homes are purchased and demolition work begins.
The action is the result of 30,759 voters who said "yes" to the bond issue Tuesday in a low voter turnout. This represents 72.2 percent of the voters who cast ballots. There were 11,818 "no" votes cast.
Only 11 percent of the county's eligible voters cast ballots in the bond issue election, according to figures released Wednesday by the Oklahoma County Election Board.
Commissioners called the special vote after Congress approved another round of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission, or BRAC, for 2005.
Commissioners in previous rounds had noted that there were businesses in the clear safety zone off the north end of Tinker's main runway. Also, because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, military officials called for a clear zone of 3,000 feet from the perimeter of active bases.
There are 104 homes just off the northeast corner of Tinker. Some of these homes also are in the runway clear zone, according to Richard A. Burpee, president of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.
"In some instances, their back yards are up against the fence (along Tinker's perimeter)," said Burpee, a retired Air Force lieutenant general and former Tinker commander. "For security, the Pentagon wants a 3,000- foot zone between civilian structures and the base perimeter. …

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