Voters in the city of Chandler will go to the polls for a special election Feb. 12 to vote for or against Ordinance No. 2018-08, a hotel or motel tax increase.

No. 20118-08 allows for a five percent increase on the sales tax for those who stay in local hotel or motel rooms. The resolution states funds from said tax increase are to be allocated for tourism, recreation and economic development initiatives of the city.

On Dec. 11, Chandler Mayor Gene Imel and members of the city council unanimously voted to hold the special election.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and remain open until polls close at 7 p.m.

The County Election Board encourages those who wish to vote by absentee ballot to apply now. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Wednesday on February 6.

Applications are available at the Lincoln County Election Board office in the Chandler courthouse located at 811 Manvel Ave, Suite 15. They can also be filled out and submitted electronically at elections.ok.gov.