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Voters elect new sheriff, overwhelmingly pass bond propositions in Tuesday’s election

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OKLAHOMA CITY- On Tuesday, Oklahoma County voters chose Republican P.D. Taylor for sheriff, approved tax increases to improve streets and bridges and Norman voters flipped a House seat to vote in a Democrat during Tuesday’s elections.

P.D. Taylor, who served as undersheriff under Sheriff John Whetsel and acted as interim sheriff, got 48.83 percent of votes over Democrat Michael Hanson with 30.32 percent of votes and Independent Ed Grimes with 19.83 percent of votes.

According to the Oklahoma State Election Board, all propositions put before voters passed easily. Voters in Oklahoma City overwhelmingly passed 13 bond measures and two increases in sales/excise tax rates. The new taxes help pay for fire and police bond projects and several of the infrastructure measures covered by the bond projects.

The general obligation bond package is a 10-year, $967 million bond package that invests in streets, police and fire facilities, parks and other basic needs. It would succeed the 2007 bond program, which is almost complete.

The permanent 1/4 cent sales tax will help hire 129 more police officers and 57 more firefighters with an annual $26 million boost for public safety and other day-to-day operations. The tax is the first increase in the permanent general operations sales tax rate since 1976.

A temporary, 27-month continuation of the expiring MAPS 3 penny sales tax would generate $240 million for street resurfacing, streetscapes, trails, sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure.

·Proposition 1 for streets passed with 73.13 percent,

·Proposition 2 for bridges passed with 74.41 percent

·Proposition 3 for traffic control systems passed with 65.16 percent

·Proposition 4 for economic and community development passed with 56.25 percent

·Proposition 5 for parks and recreation passed at 61.97 percent

·Proposition 6 for libraries passed with 63.11 percent

·Proposition 7 for the Civic Center Complex passed with 54.48 percent

·Proposition 8  for transit projects earned 62.55 yes votes

·Proposition 9 for central maintenance facilities passed with 60.14 percent

·Proposition 10 for a drainage control system passed with 70.66 percent

·Proposition 11 for the downtown city arena passed with 51.81 percent

·Proposition 12 for police passed with 69.11 percent

·Proposition 13 for fire passed with 72.29 percent.

Meanwhile, in Norman, Democrat Jacob Rosecrants beat Darin Chambers to fill an unexpired House term previously held by Republican Scott Martin.

Democrats have gained three new House or Senate seats this year alone in special elections.

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