Claremore Daily Progress

November 13, 2013

Voters support capital improvements

Salesha Wilken
Staff Writer

ROGERS COUNTY —

Rogers County voters say yes to Northwest Fire District and Catoosa Public schools, overwhelmingly supporting the two bond issues.
Voters decided with a margin exceeding 2 to 1 to approve the $1 million bond to build three new fire stations in northwest Rogers County.
Votes were cast in 10 precincts with 256 supporting the measure and 98 opposed.
“We are excited the vote passed and eager to move forward with the building plans,” Fire Chief David Puckett said. “Our first step will be to form a committee to research the facility needs and equipment to be purchased.”
The stations will be added near Highway 20 and Colonial States, one near Foyil in the Rock Crusher area, and the third near Highway 169 and 4060 Road.
Catoosa school patrons passed the $21.16 million school bond issue for building/transportation. The bond will allow the school to upgrade the technology system throughout the district and continue to upgrade existing school facilities with no projected tax increase.
Proposition 1 was approved 579 to 193 and Proposition 2 passed 576 to 198.
Voters from Rogers County and Wagoner County decided the measure as the school district extends to both areas.
Some local voters had the opportunity to weigh in on the Tulsa city elections, however no votes were cast in Rogers County.
Mayor Dewey Bartlett was elected to a second term in office.
Bartlett won reelection with 55 percent of the vote, while competitor and former mayor Kathy Taylor took 45 percent.
Bartlett received 39,695 votes, approximately 7,000 more than Taylor’s 32,496.
Tulsa Auditor Cathy Ann Criswell retained her position receiving 33,463 or 53 percent of the vote over challenger Clift Richards.
Voters also approved several propositions with the Improve Our Tulsa project.
About 70 percent of voters decided to fund $563 million in capital improvements.
The infrastructure-funding proposal replaces the 2006 Third Penny and the 2008 Fix-Our-Streets programs, which expire in 2014.