Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

234,000 Sooners Sign Anti-Tax Proposal

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

234,000 Sooners Sign Anti-Tax Proposal

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A group trying to limit property taxes filed an initiative petition Monday containing more than enough signatures to get the measure on a statewide ballot _ if it survives legal challenges.

Oklahomans for Property Tax Reform unloaded 27 boxes outside the Secretary of State's office just before 2 p.m. The boxes contained petitions bearing more than 234,000 signatures, about 85,000 more than required, said John Branscum, a spokesman for the anti-tax coalition.

"The thousands of Oklahoma voters who signed these petitions are part of a growing movement to have more input in the process of government and taxes," Branscum said.

The petition would amend the Oklahoma Constitution to roll back property taxes to 1993 levels.

Property taxes then could be increased four ways: If voters approved additional millages; if 60 percent of voters approved a 3 percent increase; if property is sold outside the family; or if improvements were made.

If approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, the proposed constitutional amendment would become State Question 669. Branscum said it would likely be summer, at the earliest, before it goes to voters.

The Secretary of State's office is required to count the signatures and make sure each petition is notarized, said Gerry Smedley, administrative officer. She guessed that would take a week to 10 days, with one full-time employee supervising about five temporary workers.

Once the count is complete, the Secretary of State will notify the Supreme Court, which will determine if the number of signatures is sufficient and announce the start of a 10-day protest period.

Property taxes primarily fund local government and public schools, and one educational organization has already promised to fight the initiative petition.

The Oklahoma State School Board Association voted Sunday to pursue a legal challenge. …

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