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Oklahoma City area voters will see school bond issue, sales tax extension on Tuesday's ballot

Oklahoma City school officials are asking voters in the district to approve a $180 million bond package that would go toward maintenance projects, technology upgrades and other needs.

Those proposals are among several matters that voters in the Oklahoma City metro area can expect to see on Tuesday's ballot.

The school package consists of three separate bond proposals. The largest of the three — $106.34 million in construction bonds — would fund a long list of maintenance projects around the district, including repairs to heating and air conditioning units at more than 80 schools.

Cooling systems at about 24 schools in the district broke down in August, causing temperatures to climb to 90 degrees in some classrooms.

The construction bond issue also would fund plumbing, electrical and roof repairs.

A proposed $54.4 million bond issue would fund technology upgrades, including the purchase of nearly 13,000 computers, iPads and other devices for students and teachers. A third proposition would allocate $19.2 million for transportation, including the purchase of 100 buses over a five-year period.

In Moore, voters will decide on a proposed four-year extension of an existing quarter-cent sales tax. Half the revenue from the tax extension would go toward public safety projects, including a new fire station and fire training site.

The other half of the tax revenue would go toward upgrades at city parks, including construction of a new park in Moore's Old Town and a new playground at Apple Valley Park.

Moore voters also will consider a proposal to set the monthly rate for biweekly curbside recycling service at $3.

In El Reno, challenger David Hill seeks to unseat incumbent Mayor Matt White, while J.T. Chronister and Jim Murphy will vie for the Ward 1 city council seat. Chronister currently serves as the Ward 2 councilman.

Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›