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Opinion

April 1, 2014

Public safety essential

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Public safety is essential to life. It is the foundation upon which we all build quality into our lives. I believe nearly everyone agrees we want ourselves, our families, our businesses, our schools, our churches and our recreational areas to be safe places, whether it is daylight or dark. I have been a citizen of Norman since 2000. We have excellent people in our employ who do an excellent job of keeping us safe. We want this to continue and keep up with our population growth. We want to provide technological advances that enhance the work of our police, firefighters and Emergency responders.

The question is the best way for us to fund our public safety at this time. I believe there is general agreement that the best solution is to make the present temporary tax permanent. This would allow us to keep the people we currently have in place. It will allow us to attract the best people going forward so future needs will be provided.

Nearly thirty years ago, I served as a public affairs specialist getting Stormwater Management started in my hometown of Tulsa. This was in response to the May 29, 1984, flood that took 14 lives and did millions of dollars damage to property. Since then, Tulsa has paid for developing their master drainage plans with five-year temporary tax renewals. Basically this tax has been a permanent one. They, too, put a citizens’ oversight committee in place. It has worked well for them. Tulsa has been flood safe for the 100-year floodplain for several years now.

If we make our current temporary tax permanent, our public safety will be on solid footing now and in the future. This action would not raise taxes beyond what we are paying now, but would make permanent the temporary tax we are currently paying.

Please, join me in voting “Yes” for the PSST tax, Tuesday, April 1st.

CAL BRANNON

Norman

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