Voters in favor of proposed city sales tax
Updated: Jul 22, 2020
Weatherford residents on Tuesday approved the proposed city sales tax. Oklahoma citizens also voted in favor of the expansion of Medicaid.
By Johannes Becht
Weatherford residents on Tuesday, June 30, clearly approved the proposed city sales tax (1%), which replaces the old one.
Proposition No. 1 provides for 0.52% sales tax for city services such as a new 9-1-1 center, police station and Vietnam Wall Memorial, improvements to the city swimming pool, AG/rodeo arena, a new indoor soccer field and a new airport terminal. It passed with 62.8%.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University will financially benefit from Proposition No. 2, which was approved by 56.57% of the voters. It directs 0.28% of the sales tax into SWOSU's funding of its rural healthcare education efforts and facilities for Nursing, Pharmacy, Allied Health and related programs.
Proposition No. 3 gained 61.55% approval among the voters. 0.15% of the sales tax revenues will go to the Weatherford Regional Hospital to replace, update, purchase and maintain medical equipment for diagnostic and treatment purposes.
Proposition No. 4's 0.05% of the city sales tax will go the Weatherford Public Schools, funding artificial turf for the football field and a new track. The remaining funds would be spent on a new HVAC system for the high school. 59.3% voted Yes.
Oklahoma citizens also voted in favor of the expansion of Medicaid. State Question 802 narrowly passed with 50.5%.