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City Half-Cent Transportation Sales Tax Vote Tuesday

Stillwater Journal of Stillwater, Oklahoma

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Stillwater voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov 10 to consider whether to renew the city's Half-Cent Transportation Sales Tax.

The current tax was authorized in 2001, reauthorized in 2006 and is set to expire in 2016. If approved, the sales tax would continue through October 2026.

City Manager Dan Galloway said he encourages voters to learn more about what the transportation sales tax and what it does through the city's website at www.stillwater.org

"We have an election for the half-penny sales tax," Galloway said during a recent city council meeting. "I really encourage everyone to check out the City's website. You need to get informed. There is a lot of information on our website. Don't go uninformed. Find out about it and go vote."

According to Transportation Director Jason Peek, the City anticipates completing the following transportation improvement projects in the near future. Should the half-cent sales tax be renewed, the funds will help the City in the planning, designing and construction of these projects:

Funds from the half-cent sales tax are dedicated solely to projects that improve Stillwater's streets, traffic signal systems, sidewalks, bridges and bike ways.

Should the half-cent sales tax be renewed, the funds will help the City in the planning, designing and construction of these projects:

Perkins Road Improvements (McElroy Road to Lakeview Road): Project will widen and improve Perkins Road for all modes of travel.

Sangre Road (6th to 19th avenues): Project will include widening, intersection improvements and pedestrian/bike improvements.

Duck Street (Hall of Fame to 6th Avenue): Project will include street reconstruction, intersection improvements and bike/pedestrian improvements.

Country Club Road (6th to 19th avenues): Project will include widening, intersection improvements and pedestrian/bike improvements 12th Avenue (Main Street to Perkins Road): Project will include widening, intersection improvements and pedestrian/bike improvements.

Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble said the tax can only be used for transportation.

"It's a renewal tax, and it's a dedicated tax — it can only be used for transportation," she said.

Noble said nearly one-third of the collected tax is paid by non-residents of Stillwater-people who visit Stillwater. "The funding allows the city to continue making mobility improvements at the current level — improvements to Stillwater streets, traffic signals systems, sidewalks, bridges and bikeways," Noble said. Noble said the city is responsible for 440 lane miles. It has 64 signalized intersections, 28 bridges, 7,897 traffic signs and about 30 miles of bike facuities.

She said it costs about $1 million to reconstruct two lane miles of Stillwater streets and this tax provides about $4 million in funding each year.

"We can move forward... or we can fall behind," Noble said. "It's up to the voters on Nov. 10."



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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015



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