Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lawton Officials to Test New Law with Proposal to Raise Sales Tax

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lawton Officials to Test New Law with Proposal to Raise Sales Tax

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LAWTON (AP) -- Officials in Lawton plan to test a new law just eight days after it goes into effect.

Voters will be asked to consider a combined sales tax proposal on Nov. 9, marking the state's first joint effort by a city and a school district.

"You can build a sewer plant with 50 percent (majority)," said Barry Beauchamp, executive director of business services for the Lawton Public Schools.

"But you can't build a school with that percent."

School improvements used to be financed with ad valorem tax bills, requiring a "super majority" of 60 percent to pass, but the law will allow for a simple majority.

In fall 1996, Lawton Public Schools presented city voters with two ad valorem tax proposals -- one for $500,000 in new buses and one for a $9.5 million junior high school.

Both failed with 59.2 percent and 57 percent, respectively.

City officials are prepared to propose the continuation of a 1.25 percent sales tax for capital improvements. If approved, the tax would generate $45. …

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