City of Lawton Sales Tax Election
Fact Sheet

Election Date: October 9, 2007

Shall the City of Lawton Ordinance No 07-46 be approved levying an excise tax to three-eighths percent (.375%) upon the purchase of goods and services in the city, providing the excise tax shall commence on January 1, 2008, and ending June 30, 2015? All revenues from the excise tax shall be deposited into a special fund to be used for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, or repair of existing streets; replacement, enlargement or extension of existing water or sewer mains or the installation of new sewer trunk lines; funding for the completion of Phase II of the Sewer Rehabilitation Program of the City as specified by the ordinance.

Anticipated Revenues: $3,750,000 per year for 7.5 years = $28,125,000

Projects Funded:

1. The construction, reconstruction, maintenance or repair of existing streets within the city limits, thirty-six percent (36%), $10,000,000.
2. The replacement, enlargement or extension of existing water and sewer lines and installation of new sewer trunk lines as approved by the Council, twenty-eight percent (28%), $8,125,000.
3. Provide funding for hte completion of Phase II of the EPA/ODEQ mandated sewer rehabilitation program, thirty-six percent (36%), $10,000,000.

Point of Interest:
1. Street projects will address 25% of hte City's local/neighborhood priority list.
2. Projects will be supported by State financing program, authorized under SB751.
3. Projects are eligible to match Oklahoma Opportunity Fund application.

Comparable Sales Tax Rates:
Current
Proposed (January 1st)
Tulsa
8.52%
Broken Arrow
8.52%
Ardmore
8.75%
Oklahoma City
8.38%
Duncan
8.55%
Lawton
8.125%
8.5% (County 3/8%)*

*Comanche County sales tax includes 1/4% Jail Operations and new 1/8% for other programs

Council Proposals/Priorities

A. Residential Street Improvements = $10,000,000
$812,000 per Ward – overlay program ($6,500,000)
$3,000,000 for previously approved CIP Projects

Proposed Overlay/Reconstruction $'s by Ward

 

Estimated Overlay Total $'s

Estimated Reconstruction Total $'s

Total Combined Estimate

Ward 1

$347,256.00

$2,220,000.00

$2,567,256.00

Ward 2

$441,400.00

$2,100,000.00

$2,541,400.00

Ward 3

$617,300.00

$4,220,000.00

$4,837,300.00

Ward 4

$303,600.00

$740,000.00

$1,043,600.00

Ward 5

$713,556.00

$1,900,000.00

$2,613,556.00

Ward 6

$484,136.00

$2,060,000.00

$2,544,136.00

Ward 7

$453,700.00

$1,680,000.00

$2,133,700.00

Ward 8

$403,200.00

$1,068,000.00

$1,471,200.00

TOTALS

$3,764,148.00

$15,988,000.00

$19,752,148.00

B. Water/Sewer Improvements = $ 8,125,000
$ 5,000,000 – repair undersized water-line
(High maintenance repair = $810,000)
$ 3,000,000 – Nine Mile Sanitary Sewer Project

C. Sewer Rehab Program – Phase II = $10,000,000
Completion of second part of EPA/DEQ mandated project


Important Citizen Information Points

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The cost of the proposed sales tax is $.37 cents for every $100.00 spent or $3.75 on every $1,000.00 spent.
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Passage of the proposed sales tax program will allow the City to capture additional state and federal highway funds and other grants.
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Proposed projects reduce deferred maintenance obligations for the City, and reduce citizen vehicle maintenance expenses, and fire insurance rates.
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The proposed projects will improve citizen traffic safety and residential fire protection.

Proposed Residential / Collector Street overlay Projects (PDF format)