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Bryan County voters reject sales tax increase

Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2021 at 8:08 AM CDT
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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - Bryan County voters rejected a sales tax increase Tuesday that would have allocated more funding for county road and bridge maintenance.

Nearly 63% (948) voted against the proposition with 37% (562) voting in favor of the half cent addition to the county’s sales tax rate.

Out of over 22,000 registered voters in Bryan County, only around 1,500 took part in this special election.

The proposition could have had an impact on how quickly roads and bridges get improvements.

County officials said they aren’t collecting enough to improve gravel roads into asphalt, and a half cent increase to the current tax rate would be enough to start getting road projects in order and purchase the materials needed to maintain roads.

Now they said they will go back to the drawing board to figure out another way to fund those projects.

Precinct 33 employee, Jean Gilbert, said every eligible voter should read up on each month’s ballot and take part in every election.

”Very important, it’s our civic duty to take care of our towns and our counties that we live in. So that’s my thought on the voting, of elections, all of them. Because that’s one privilege that we still have in our United States is that I can voice my opinion,” said Gilbert.

The deadline to register to vote in next month’s election in Oklahoma is this Friday, October 15th.

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