Fallin opposes bond issue for school shelters

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says she won't support a proposed ballot measure that would authorize a bond issue to pay for storm shelters in schools.

The proposal calls for using franchise tax revenue to retire the $500 million debt. Fallin says using the tax isn't the best option and that building shelters should be a local decision.

Spokesman Alex Weintz tells the Tulsa World that Fallin would respect the decision if the measure makes it on the ballot and is approved. But Weintz says paying for shelters or safe rooms in every school is "an expensive proposition."

Supporters need to gather more than 155,000 signatures to get the proposal on the ballot.

The proposal came about after seven students died at a Moore elementary school during the May 20 tornado.

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