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The City of The Village will have its first bond vote in history Tuesday, Jan. 9 for streets, parks and other capital improvements totaling $10.4 million to be funded by an increase in property taxes.

If the vote passes, residents of The Village will still have lower municipal property taxes than their neighbors in the City of Oklahoma City.

Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find your polling place and see a sample ballot, go to the Oklahoma Election Board online voter tool.

Village voters are also being asked to approve a half-penny increase in sales taxes for capital expenditures and improvements such as fire and police vehicles.

If approved, the permanent sales tax in The Village will go from 4 percent to 4.5 percent with the overall sales tax (including state taxes) moving from 8.5 percent to 9 percent.

Council members turned in a unanimous vote November 6 to submit the propositions to Village residents.

Saturday morning, some of those Village City Council members went out knocking doors in their respective wards to promote the propositions and answer questions.

City of the Village takes in about three square miles mostly between Lake Hefner, N. Pennsylvania, W. Hefner Road and a few blocks south of Britton Road.

Proposition 1 asks voters to approve $8.5 million in debt for resurfacing of streets throughout the city.

Proposition 2 will allow the city to take on $1.88 million in debt to improve the city’s parks and recreational facilities.

Proposition 3 will raise the permanent sales tax to 5 percent for capital improvements and equipment purchases for police and fire services.

For more information see the presentation made at the Nov. 6 city council meeting or go to the page on the city’s website for a detailed list of GO bond projects.

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