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"Better Streets, Safer City" goes to a vote on Sept. 12

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OKLAHOMA CITY- In less than one week, Oklahoma City voters will be going to the polls to vote in the Sept. 12 bond election.

Dubbed "Better Streets, Safer City", voters will decide on a permanent ¼ cent sales tax to provide funding for public safety, a temporary, 27-month continuation of the expiring MAPS 3 penny sales tax for resurfacing, streetscapes, trails, sidewalks and bike trails and a 10-year, $967 million bond package, which succeeds the 2007 bond to invest in police and fire facilities, streets, parks and other basic needs.

“We need more sidewalks,” said Donna Lovelady, a longtime city resident. “It’s not safe for the kids. They ride their (bicycles) in the streets. It just makes me nervous.”

Approximately $1.2 billion will be allocated to infrastructure such as sidewalks in the "Better Streets" portion of the proposition. For local public safety, the sales tax will generate about $26 million in revenue.

Early voting is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7-8 at the county election board in the county where you’re registered. 

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. To find your polling location visit this website. 

For early or regular voting, state law requires voters to have their voter I.D. card or a state-, federal- or tribal-issued photo I.D. like a driver’s license or passport. Voters without I.D. can sign an affidavit affirming their identity to cast a provisional ballot.

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