The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 8, 2013

Liquor, fire and schools on ballots in Garfield County

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

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

Pond Creek-Hunter

Voters in the Pond Creek- Hunter school district will take to the polls Tuesday to be heard on an $11.5 million bond question.

School board member Micah Barr said several projects are on the agenda if the initiative passes.

“One of the most important things we’d like to do is, we need a new HVAC unit for the high school,” Barr said.

Two construction projects the district hopes to accomplish are a gymnasium and a multi-purpose safe room where students, and possibly members of the community as well, would be safe in the event of a tornado or other incident. Because of the proximity of a water tower, an above-ground safe room is planned.

New windows also are on the district’s wish list.

More on this story can be found HERE

See the sample ballot question HERE

Voter assistance

Sample ballots are available at the election board and will be posted outside every precinct polling place today, said Roy Schneider, Garfield County Election Board Secretary.

A number of people are eligible for assistance at their polling places. Voters who are physically disabled and need help marking their ballots, blind or visually disabled voters and illiterate voters may be assisted by a person the voter chooses.

In all cases, a person providing such assistance may not be the voter’s employer or an agent of the employer or an officer or agent of the employee’s union. People assisting voters must swear or affirm ballots will be marked in accordance with the voter’s wishes, Schneider said.

Voters who have moved since the last election but have not transferred their registration may do so on election day by going where their registration has been in the past. While voting, they may fill out a form instructing the county election board to transfer their registration to the new address before the next election.