BREAKING NEWS: Voters reject city, school propositions
11/7/2013 10:09:55 AM
8/26/2014 8:57:54 PM
by Scott Cloud/Newkirk Herald Journal
Officials from both Newkirk Public Schools and the City of Newkirk received bad news Tuesday night as voters rejected both propositions in Tuesday’s election.
The Newkirk School Bond Issue proposal was defeated 402-321.
The City of Newkirk’s sales tax election was defeated 256-151.
The school bond issue would have constructed a new gymnasium/performing arts center at a construction cost of $3.5 million, the total issue, including financing would have cost Newkirk and Braman property owners $4.4 million.
The bond issue would have been placed on the tax rolls at the end of the current high school bond issue that pays off in the year 2020.
The new gymnasium would have paid off in 2024.
City of Newkirk residents also voted down a one-cent sales tax that would have paid for the remodel of the City of Newkirk Municipal Building and moved the Newkirk Police Department to the municipal building.
The move would have utilized space that has been unused in the facility since the move of the Newkirk Public Library in 2006.
The cost of the remodeled facility would have been $750,000 with $700,000 needed for construction costs and $50,000 for financing.
The tax was set to go off in 60 months and was expected to generate $750,000, the amount needed to fund the project.
Newkirk’s sales tax rate is currently 3 percent, the lowest in Kay County.
In other area election results, republican challenger Paul Skidmore defeated incumbent Tyson Rowe 620-569 to win the Kay County District Three County Commissioner post.
Also, Mulhall-Orlando’s John Pfeiffer defeated Braman’s Harold LeValley in the Oklahoma House of Representatives District 38 election.
Pfieffer defeated LeValley 2,190-1,263.
Pfeiffer will replace retiring representative Dale DeWitt.