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January 14, 2014

Mayor addresses Chamber board of directors meeting about extension

NORMAN — Upcoming votes on school bonds and public safety dominated Monday’s regular meeting of the Norman Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal addressed board members over public concerns that the proposed 10-year extension of the city’s half-cent, public safety sales tax extension was being “rushed” through.

Rosenthal hopes to put the extension on the ballot for April 1 and will be addressing it over the next few weeks.

“This is not something the city council has developed since November,” Rosenthal said in response to aired concerns by Chamber Chairman Andy Sherrer.

She said in the campaign to pass the seven-year tax in 2008, organizers promised to bring the issue back before voters in the sixth year so that if an extension failed, the city could come back to voters a second time.

“It was a promise that we made and a promise that I think needs to be kept,” she said.

Sherrer and Chamber President John Woods have said the proposal for a 10-year extension needs more specific numbers and more public information before an April vote. Both said they supported the police and fire but wanted more time for discussion.

“April definitely seems like a rushed vote,” Sherrer said.

Shifting gears from municipal politics to the public school system, Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano outlined the proposed bond issue coming before voters Feb. 14.

Siano said a positive vote by district patrons would continue the “transformation” in both facilities and instruction that began with the five-year, $109 million bond issue in 2009. At the time, that was the largest bond issue in the district’s history.

District officials said they do not expect passage of the bond issue to increase or decrease property taxes.

He said bringing such a large proposal to voters every five years instead of proposing a smaller one each year expedites the district’s needs and provides better equity among newer and older schools.

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