Moore voters approved a one-eighth cent sales tax that will make improvements to the city’s water infrastructure.
Preliminary results from Tuesday’s election showed the measure passed by a vote of 1,697 (70%) to 698 (30%). The Cleveland County Election Board will certify the results at 5 p.m. Friday.
Brooks Mitchell, city manager, said the money will go towards much-needed improvements in the city’s water infrastructure. The city has identified two major projects where the additional sales tax revenue will be used – refurbishing nine water wells that have been offline since 2000 and updating 23% of the city’s water lines.
The one-eighth cent sales tax will be reallocated from the current one-fourth cent county sales tax that was passed in 2009. That sales tax was implemented to help pay off the county’s jail bonds. The county paid off those bonds 10 years early and are set to expire in March 2020. The new one-eighth percent sales tax that voters approved on Tuesday will go into effect when the current one-fourth percent sales tax expires.
“I want to thank Moore voters that voted to approve this measure,” Mitchell said. “This sales tax revenue will go towards water infrastructure improvements that the city needs. Voters will feel these effects for years to come.”
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