By CRAIG HALL
According to figures from both precincts and early voting, the City of Heavener special municipal election on a half-cent sales tax for Heavener passed on Tuesday by a vote of 64 for and 11 against.
At the First Baptist Church, there were 41 votes cast with 34 in favor and seven against. At the Faithbridge Methodist Church, there were 32 votes cast with 28 in favor and four opposed.
In early voting at the election board, there were two votes cast, both in favor of keeping the sales tax.
The sales tax originated in 2007 to build the new library, buy new storm sirens and put lights at Blues Park. Part of the bond agreement was it had to be paid off once funds were available.
The City of Heavener retired the bond early in December. The payoff was around $450,000 and the funds available were $590,000.
The current sales tax runs through the end of March. The new sales tax will go into effect on April 1 with a large portion of the proceeds of the tax going into the street and alley fund to fix roads.
It is estimated to bring in an extra $50,000 a year available to go toward street repairs.
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