The Norman Transcript

April 3, 2014

Vote closer than expected

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Norman political insiders thought the permanent Public Safety Sales Tax question on Tuesday’s ballot would pass. We haven’t found any that predicted it would be as close as it was.

It was down to the wire on the half-cent tax question. The tax passed 3,798 to 3,660. The 2008 ballot question got a far different response. It passed 8,301 to 4,307.

The question seemed to hinge on the ballot title and whether the city left room in the process to use the dedicated funds for purposes other than public safety.

The oversight committee has done a great job watching the fund’s spending. They meet regularly and hear reports on spending and proposed projects from police, fire and finance departments. Up first will be a new emergency communications system and the hiring of school resource officers in our high schools and middle schools.

Those officers will be a joint effort of the police and school system. Special training will be done to acquaint them with all of the issues faced by today’s students.

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