By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Patrons of the Covington-Douglas Public Schools district will go to the polls Jan. 8 to vote on two bond issue questions.
One is a transportation bond issue, and the other is a building bond issue. If passed, they will replace an expiring bond issue and increase property taxes by $5.22 for each $100 in property taxes residents already pay.
Darren Sharp, Covington-Douglas superintendent, said the $180,000 transportation bond seeks to buy two new 64-passenger route buses to replace 1997 and 1998 buses.
“We have about 300 square miles in our district, so both of them are very high mileage, and a lot of those miles are down dirt roads,” Sharp said. “They are well beyond their life expectancy, and both of them are constantly costing money.”
Sharp said he tries to buy one new bus each year, but that hasn’t always been possible, which is why the district seeks to buy two buses in 2013.
The second bond question is a $730,000 building bond.
Sharp said the intention is to replace exterior windows and doors, as well as remodel and rebuild restrooms schoolwide.
“My windows are the old single-panes from 1970,” Sharp said. “They do leak badly. Our restrooms are needing to meet ADA compliance, and they are falling apart as well because they are also 1970s version.”
Garfield County voters who want absentee ballots mailed to them for the election should apply now.
Garfield County Election Board Secretary Roy Schneider said the election board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. Jan. 2.
Absentee ballot forms are available at Garfield County Election Board, 903 Failing. They can also be downloaded and printed at www.ok.gov/elections.
“At least two mail transactions must be made,” Schneider said. “The election board must mail the ballots, and voters must return the voted ballots by mail.”
The election board must receive the ballots by 7 p.m. Jan. 8 for them to be counted.
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he or she is eligible to vote.
Staff Writer Robert Barron contributed to this story.