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Metro voters take to the polls to decide on bond issues, sheriff's race

A line of voting booths are seen in this file photograph. Special elections will be held on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 to fill seats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. (File)

Metro voters take to the polls to decide on bond issues, sheriff's race

Voters in the metro will decide on several bond proposals, a sheriff's race and a seat in the Oklahoma House.


Tuesday's special election features a nearly one billion dollar bond package dubbed "Better Streets, Safer City". Oklahoma City voters will decide on the 10-year, $967 million bond package that has 13 different measures. Over half of the package, $491 million, goes to improving streets.

  • Streets and sidewalks ($491 million)
  • Traffic control ($28 million)
  • Bridges ($27 million)
  • Parks and recreation ($138 million)
  • Drainage control ($62 million)
  • Economic and community development ($60 million)
  • Fire ($45 million)
  • Police ($31 million)
  • Libraries ($24 million)
  • Transit ($20 million)
  • Civic Center complex ($20 million)
  • City maintenance facilities ($13 million)
  • Downtown arena ($9 million)

A quarter of a penny sales tax is also on the ballot. The measure would allow the city to hire 129 more police officers and 57 firefighters.

Oklahoma County voters will decide on the their first new sheriff in over 20 years. Running for the position is Undersheriff P.D. Taylor (R), Michael Hanson (D) and independent candidate Ed Grimes.

In Norman, some voters will decide on House District 46. Republican Darin Chambers and Democrat Jacob Rosecrants are running for the position left vacant by Republican Scott Martin after he left his post to seek a job in the private sector.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Find your polling place here.

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