The Duncan Banner

May 14, 2013

Voting under way Tuesday in McAlester roads and streets election

By James Beaty,Senior Editor
Associated Press

MCALESTER — McAlester voters have until 7 Tuesday night to cast ballots in the special city election, which city officials have tied to street and roads projects.

Voters will be casting ballots on a proposition that city officials say will result in up to $12 million for city streets and roads projects, all without any additional sales tax increase or tax extension.

McAlester’s special election is the only item on the ballot on the Tuesday ballot. A total of 19 early in-person absentee ballots had been cast Friday, with another 20 cast by 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The election proposition states that it “does not increase or extend the term of any sales tax, but does modify the purpose of an existing 1 percent sales that’s currently being levied by the city ...”

It also states that passing the proposition will allow the tax to “be used on debt service heretofore or hereafter approved by voters of the city...”

McAlester City Manager Pete Stasiak, Mayor Steve Harrison and City Engineer John Modzelewski have all been strong proponents of passing the measure.

“This is an opportunity for the community to utilize $12 million today, that would not be available until at least 2025, by accessing the money and allowing us to reinvest in back into our street system now, instead of 12 years from now,” Stasiak said in a previous interview.

The ballot reads as follows:

“Shall Ordinance No. 2453 of the city of McAlester, Oklahoma ( the ‘City’) be approved, which Ordinance does not increase or extend the term of any city sales tax, but does modify the purpose of an existing 1 percent sales tax currently being levied by the City, to allow the tax to be used on debt service on obligations heretofore or hereafter approved by voters of the City; all as more specifically set out in Ordinance 2453 of said City?”

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