School funding ballot measure to appear on Oklahoma ballot

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says a measure designed to give Oklahoma school districts the flexibility to use property tax revenue for classroom needs will appear on the general election ballot this fall.

Fallin issued a proclamation Thursday that places the measure, State Question 801 , on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The measure was approved by the Legislature earlier this year.

If approved, the measure would amend the state constitution to give local school boards the option to use existing property tax funds for classroom purposes like teacher salaries and textbooks without raising taxes. Property tax revenue is now used primarily for building funds.

Fallin says that the deadline for issuing election proclamations to have state questions be placed on the 2018 general election ballot is Aug. 27.

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