TULSA, Okla. None - Jenks and Owasso say no to their bond issues, while the City of Broken Arrow says yes to using some of the money they already have for improving elementary schools.
The elections were Tuesday and the Owasso elections received the least support. There were three propositions, with aims to improve parks and youth sports and to widen roads. The no votes ranged from 77 to 85 percent for the three. We were curious as to why those votes were so overwhelming so we called the Owasso Taxpayer Alliance after the vote. Click here to listen to our conversati0n with J.B. Alexander as he explains why the new taxes were aggresively axed.
In Jenks the goal was for improvements to the police and fire facilities. What's in use now was constructed when the city was much smaller. Equipment upgrades were also part of the vision. The "nos" has 67 percent of the vote.
In Broken Arrow officials will divert $73 million from a 2009 bond issue already passed to elementary school improvements and construction. There will also be a new middle school, among other projects. Voters said yes decisively Tuesday. Seventy eight percent voted in favor of the bond issue change.
Many of the upgrades and new construction have already begun, with some phases to go into 2013.
Unlike the Jenks and Owasso proposals, the Broken Arrow vote had no tax increase attached.
In Jenks taxes would have gone up about $25 per $100,000 of a property's assessed value. In Owasso that amount could have stretched to $170 per year per $100,000.