Carter County voters in Wilson and Johnston County voters in Mannsville and Mill Creek school districts went to the polls yesterday to decide local ballot proposals.
In Wilson, voters renewed a power franchise agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric. In Johnston County, voters in Mannsville rejected a $535,000 bond proposal while Mill Creek voters approved a nearly $1.2 million proposal.
In Carter County, Wilson voters approved both propositions related to OG&E electric service. The 25-year renewal of a service franchise agreement leases the city’s power infrastructure to OG&E for $72,000 and allows the company access to right-of-ways for service infrastructure. According to unofficial results, only one of the 59 votes cast was against the renewal.
Richard DeLano with OG&E told The Ardmoreite last month that the company has provided Wilson with electricity for 67 years and franchise agreement renewals must be approved by voters.
In Mannsville, 85 voters were split nearly down the middle on a bond proposal, thereby rejecting the measure since Oklahoma requires 60% voter approval for school bonds. Under the proposal which included an estimated 5.5% property tax increase, more than half of the $535,000 bond was planned for ongoing facility and maintenance projects.
“I think the tax increase scared some of the voters,” said Mannsville Public School superintendent Brandi Price. She said work would continue with board members to introduce a new proposal that does not carry tax implications and potentially ask voters again next spring.
Also in Johnston County and a portion of Murray County, voters in Mill Creek overwhelmingly approved a $1.15 million bond issue for a multipurpose cafeteria, auditorium and safe room. Mill Creek School superintendent Lorinda Chancellor said she is excited for Mill Creek students, who have not had an auditorium in over 20 years.
“Our kids deserved it,” she said.
Tuesday’s results are unofficial and will be certified by the Oklahoma State Election Board on Friday evening.