Durant voters to decide on tax extension

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) - Durant voters are deciding Tuesday whether to extend a one-cent capital improvement sales tax for the next two decades.

It's been used in the past to fund several city projects, but the ballot says revenue from the tax would be used to address a major issue to many in Durant - street improvements.

In June 2018, voters said no to removing the expiration date on the city's one cent sales tax, so it's still set to expire in June 2021.

If this proposal to extend the tax's expiration date doesn't pass, Durant city manager John Dean said the city will have to find new ways to fund projects like road repairs and pay off debt.

"I don't know if the people who voted it down twice that it really makes sense to run it a third time. I would think they have spoken at that time, and why keep asking if they said no twice already? I think we would have to look at rate increases for our utilities to cover that cost," said Dean.