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February 13, 2013

Fairgrounds tax, school bond issues approved

ENID, Okla. — Woodward County voters approved 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 vote was 858-580, or 59.7 percent, in favor.

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.

School bonds

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

The vote was 170-53, with 76.2 percent of voters approving. School bond measures require a 60 percent supermajority for passage.

Seiling Public Schools patrons approved two bond proposals.

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

The vote was 308-43, or 87.7 percent, in favor.

“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 pickup,” Seifried said.

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

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

The vote was 307-45, or 87.2 percent, in favor.

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.

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