- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 14, 2017

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) - Voters in eastern Oklahoma’s Muskogee County have approved extending a local sales tax for another decade.

The Muskogee Phoenix (https://bit.ly/2s1Clob ) reports that almost 85 percent of voters supported the 10-year extension of the county’s half-penny sales tax during a special election Tuesday.

Half of the sales tax revenue goes to maintain roads and bridges. The rest is used by the county sheriff’s office for law enforcement activities and courthouse security.

Only four percent of the county’s nearly 39,000 eligible voters voted in the special election.

County Commissioner Ken Doke says he’s excited residents share in the commission’s vision for progress and want to move the county forward.

Commissioner Kenny Payne says the extension will help amid state funding cuts to transportation.


Information from: Muskogee Phoenix, https://www.muskogeephoenix.com

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