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February 11, 2013

School board, bonds, taxes on ballot Tuesday

ENID, Okla. — Residents throughout northwest Oklahoma will have plenty of reasons to cast ballots Tuesday.

In Woodward County, voters will decide a half-cent sales tax proposal to pay for renovations to the fairgrounds.

The renovations, which include construction of a new 60,000-square-foot expo center and other improvements, are estimated to cost about $12.4 million.

The project also includes:

• Removal of one of the current fair barns, referred to as Building 2, which is about 100 years old.

• Replacing Building 2 with a covered pavilion.

• Renovation of the adjacent fair barns, referred to as Buildings 1 and 3, which range in age from almost 60 to more than 80 years old.

• Removal of another fair barn and the current office complex housing OSU Extension Center, the district attorney’s bogus check division, and Soil Conservation District.

The new expo center would replace the office complex and include a multipurpose arena area, as well as new office space for the OSU Extension Center and district attorney’s bogus check division.

That proposal highlights a busy election cycle for northwest Oklahoma voters. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Seiling Public Schools patrons will vote on two bond proposals on the ballot, and if passed, they will not raise taxes.

Superintendent Randy Seifried said the first proposition is a $550,000 school renovation item.

“We’re going to make repairs to restrooms, add lighting to the baseball fields, add technology, make heating and air conditioning changes, replace doors, install energy-efficient lighting at the football field and add a vo-ag pick-up,” Seifried said.

If approved, it will replace a 2008 bond issue set to expire in the summer.

“This will keep tax rates at the current level,” Seifried said

The second issue is a $250,000 transportation proposition three route buses. The district hopes to replace two 1997 models and a 2000 model.

All are high-mileage, and have hit the point that they are expensive to maintain. Every now and then, the buses have broken down on the road.

The 420-student district takes in almost 300 square miles, Seifried said.

Seifried said the district’s last transportation bond issue was about 12 years ago, but it has been able to purchase buses by other means since then.

Cimarron Public Schools patrons will vote on a $420,000 bond issue to replace four high-mileage buses. All have more than 100,000 miles on them.

In addition, there are school board races throughout the area.

They include:

• Okeene, Office 3 — Wayne Brownlee and Bennet Peters.

• Seiling, Office 3 — Heith Sander and Roy Jones.

• Alva, Office 3 — Rejeana Wiebener and Tiffany L. Slater.

• Lomega, Office 3 — Mike Myers and Jenny Geisler.

• Kingfisher, Office 3 — Dave Diesselhorst and Wendell R. Prim Sr.

• Fairview, Office 3 — Dana Baldwin and Phil Elwell.

• Kremlin-Hillsdale, Office 3 — Kent Keithly and Robbie Gray.

• Deer Creek-Lamont, Office 2 unexpired term — Sabrina Blaser and Justin Light.

• Deer Creek-Lamont, Office 5 unexpired term — Becky Kincaid and Michael S. Williams.

• Dover, Office 3 — Edie Kenyon Preston and Shawn D. Walker.

• Cimarron Public Schools, Office 3 — Stanley G. Johnson, Robert Kirchner and Josuha Pettus.

Results will be available online Tuesday night at enidnews.com/okelection.

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