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AG refines language for school building fund vote

AG refines language for school building fund vote

The Journal Reord
Catherine Sweeney
Mau 31. 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure that would free up restricted school funding made it to the ballot, but there is some work left to do before voters see it.

Oklahoma law places several limits on the property tax revenue that goes to school districts. A portion of it has to go to the districts’ building fund, which pays for construction and maintenance. State Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, introduced a resolution to place a question on the ballot that would let voters decide whether that particular restriction should be lifted. If it were to pass, the measure would allow that money to be used for other expenses such as teachers’ salaries and learning materials. Supporters said the increased flexibility could make lower-income schools more competitive in teacher pay. Critics said it would likely create situations in which money was still tight, and administrators would have to choose between operations and building maintenance, likely forgoing the latter, and that it would shift blame from the Legislature to the districts.

That measure, Senate Joint Resolution 70, successfully passed out of the Legislature, which guaranteed its placement on the ballot. However, the process isn’t over. The attorney general’s office has to review the ballot language and determine whether it’s sufficient and meets the state’s legal requirements.

Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office rewrote the ballot title for what will be State Question 801 and submitted itto legislative leaders, the secretary of state and the measure’s two authors on May 25... FULL ARTICLE

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