If the city does not upgrade to meet Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality standards, Norman could face fines of $10,000 per day by the state. The city will borrow about $32 million for 15 years, according to the plan developed by the city.
The proposition includes an increase to the base rate and an increase to the commodity or use rate. Even if voters approve the rate increase, Norman’s wastewater cost will remain below average when compared to other Oklahoma municipalities.
The city’s current base rate is $3.90 per month. Voters will be asked to approve a $1.10 per month increase, raising the base rate from $3.90 to $5 monthly.
The city’s current commodity rate is $1.60 per 1,000 gallons of treated wastewater. Voters will be asked to increase the commodity rate by $1.10 per 1,000 gallons used. That will bring the commodity rate to $2.70 per 1,000 gallons used.
· Lexington ballot initiative — Lexington voters will consider an additional half percent sales tax to boost the city’s general fund. The current sales tax rate is 3.5 percent. If approved, the increase would bring the sales tax to 4 percent.
“All of the city’s around us are already at 4 percent,” Lexington City Manager Charlie McCown said. “We need to do something for economic development, which is extremely important for this town.”
· Mustang Public Schools — Mustang voters will consider two school bond propositions. If approved, Proposition 1 will allow the district to build a new JROTC Center for $1.4 million, an indoor baseball facility for $1.325 million and a new barn for FFA. Proposition 2 would provide buses, special need buses and vans.
· Absentee voting — Eligible voters can request a mail absentee ballot for any of the Nov. 12 elections. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for these elections is 5 p.m. Nov. 6. No reason is required for requesting an absentee ballot.
Williams said the Nov. 12 elections will be Cleveland County’s first election using the new statewide, in-person voting dates and times.
Early in-person voting will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Thursday and Friday prior to elections. Early voting will no longer take place on the Monday before Election Day.
Voter Registration Applications and Absentee Ballot Request Forms are available at clevelandcountyelectionboard.com.
For more information, call the Cleveland County Election Board at 366-0210.