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October 8, 2013

Liquor, fire and schools on ballots in Garfield County

ENID, Okla. — All Garfield County voters can cast their say today regarding the county fire safety tax vote and the proposal to allow restaurants and clubs to serve alcohol on Sunday. Those residing in the Pond Creek-Hunter Public Schools district can vote on the school bond issue.

Polls are open until 7 tonight.

Rural fire tax

Garfield County voters will decide whether to continue a one-tenth cent sales tax that has enabled rural volunteer firefighters to build up their departments and become more effective.

Clarence Maly, Waukomis fire chief, was on the committee that organized the first sales tax question, which went into effect in 1996. Back then, it was a quarter-cent tax. In 2000, voters approved a one-tenth cent extension for five years, and in 2005, voters approved a nine-year extension. Tuesday’s ballot question would extend the current one-tenth cent tax for 10 years.

Twelve rural fire departments in the county split the money. In the fiscal year that ended June 30, each received about $89,000.

“This will help the rural fire departments keep their heads above water,” Maly said.

More on this story can be found HERE

See the sample ballot question HERE

Liquor by the drink

The liquor by the drink proposition, if passed, would allow restaurants and clubs in the county to sell alcoholic drinks between 10 a.m. and midnight Sundays. The proposal also allows sales on Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day but not Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Proponents of the issue are hoping the ordinance will bring in new businesses that have passed the city over before regarding location because of the alcohol restrictions.

Other stories on this issue:

Backers hopeful of voter approval: Tuesday question would allow Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants and clubs

• Letters: Vote ‘no’ on Sunday liquor

• ENE Endorsement: Vote ‘yes’ on Oct. 8 to update Garfield County’s antiquated liquor laws

• Stillwater’s Sunday liquor sales vote results discussed

See the sample ballot question HERE

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