The Norman Transcript

Government

March 6, 2014

Council elections, PSST renewal on April 1 ballot

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NORMAN —

Some questions will be taken from the audience regarding those issues. The format will be in line with previous debates concerning opportunities to speak and rebuttals from the participants. The moderator for the forum will be Tim Lashar of Lasher Comfort Systems.

PSST vote on April 1 ballot: A ballot initiative on Norman’s Public Safety Sales Tax is also a big issue. If voters approve the measure, the PSST will be continued as a permanent tax, supporting 71 police and fire positions created by the first tax in 2008. The 2008 tax was set up to be temporary.

In addition to adding new personnel above and beyond positions supported in the city’s general fund, the PSST paid for two new fire stations — Fire Station 8 and Fire Station 9. Money from the tax also was used for other vital police and fire equipment.

If approved, the revenue from PSST II will pay for additional public safety personnel, an emergency operation and dispatch facility, a state-of-the-art emergency communications system and fire department emergency vehicles.

Register to vote by Friday: To register to vote or to change registration information, residents must fill out an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form.

If mailed, the application should be postmarked no later than midnight Friday. Completed Oklahoma Voter Registration Applications also can be dropped off at the Cleveland County Election Board, 641 E. Robinson St., until 5 p.m. Friday. 

Registration applications are available at the Cleveland County Election Board and at tag agencies, post offices and public libraries or online at elections.state.

ok.us or clevelandcountyelectionboard.com. 

Eligible voters who would like to request a mail absentee ballot for the 2014 City of Norman Municipal Election should apply now. The deadline is 5 p.m. March 26. Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board or can be downloaded and printed at clevelandcountyelectionboard.com.

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