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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lincoln County voters extend penny sales tax

  • Lincoln County voters overwhelmingly voted to renew the county’s one-cent sales tax for another five years during Tuesday’s elections, while a $5.6 million school bond issue in Stroud narrowly failed.
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  • Lincoln County voters overwhelmingly voted to renew the county’s one-cent sales tax for another five years during Tuesday’s elections, while a $5.6 million school bond issue in Stroud narrowly failed.
    The current penny tax in Lincoln County expires in December 2013, so the new five-year term for the tax begins Jan. 1, 2014.
    Unofficial results show that 1,341 voted yes for the sales tax renewal, which is 81.5 percent, while 304 voted no, which is 18.5 percent.
    The one-cent sales tax allocations for the 5-year term are similar to the current tax in place, with allocations of the each penny slated for the following:
    • 60 percent to county road and bridge improvements
    • 13 percent to the Lincoln County jail
    • 6 percent to the Lincoln County Extension Center, capped at $120,000 yearly
    • 6 percent to senior citizen nutrition sites
    • 8.5 percent to Lincoln County Fire Departments
    • 2 percent to the Lincoln County Free Fair
    • 2.5 percent to economic development
    • 2 percent to emergency management and Lincoln County Safety Office, capped at $25,000 yearly
    Any funds collected over the yearly caps for the Lincoln County Extension Center and the Lincoln County Safety Office will be earmarked for a courthouse improvement fund.
    A $5.6 million bond issue in Stroud was narrowly defeated after not getting the required 60 percent majority vote for the bond issue to pass, election board officials reported.
    Unofficial results show 275 voters, or 59.1 percent, voted no, while 190 voters, or 40.9 percent, were in favor of the proposal.
    Voters in Lincoln County also decided school board races as well.
    For the Office No. 3 school board seat in Agra, Benny Austin tallied 64 votes, or 53.3 percent, to defeat Rhonda Carole Cox, who had 56 votes, or 46.7 percent.
    For the Meeker Office No. 3 school board seat, Ashley Sellers tallied 194 votes, or 54.2 percent, to win the race against Becky Briggs, who had 164 votes, or 45.8 percent.
     
     
     
     
     
     
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