SOTC Looking to Expand

1-22-07 The Southern Oklahoma Technology Center is looking to expand. But, officials say that is impossible to do without help from people in the counties they serve. In February, voters in Murray, Carter and Love counties will be asked to increase the millage, or property tax, by four points. This means property owners living in a $100,000 house would pay about $48 a year. They plan to use the money to start a biotechnology program, expand the health career training program and build a new diesel lab.

Currently SOTC is having to turn students away because they do not have enough classroom space. This expansion will allow them to increase their student body by 33%. If approved, a portion of the millage revenue would go to renovating the business development center that offers training for companies like Michelin, Valero and now MG. Voters will have an opportunity to vote on the issue February 13.