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Public safety sales tax increase wins by a hair

The Oklahoman's William Crum reports:

Oklahoma City voters approved a sales tax increase to add police and firefighters on Tuesday, and gave elected leaders the tools they sought to address deteriorating streets.

"If we can add a little bit more onto our taxes and build up our streets, it just makes the whole community and the whole city better," said Freda Meacham, who voted Tuesday afternoon at The Fellowship at Western Oaks Nazarene church, 7901 NW 16 St.

With all 234 precincts reporting, the public safety sales tax increase passed 52.3 percent to 47.7 percent. An extension of the MAPS sales tax, for streets, passed 56.1 percent to 43.9 percent.

A proposition for renovations to Chesapeake Arena, home of the NBA's Thunder, was closest to a cliffhanger, winning 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent.

"This will allow us to hire 129 more officers," said John George, president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123. "That is vital for public safety. We want to thank the citizens for this support."


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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›