Run-off Election Surprise!

…………… Say NO and save $$$……….

Many people know that there is a run-off election for the sheriff’s race in Washington County on August 25th. But did you know for the city of Bartlesville there is also a bunch of bonded indebtedness on the ballot? Do you know how much money a handful of people will be deciding on? Well let’s take a look at the sample ballots and then talk about that.

Here’s a summary of ballot items in Washington County. If you want to pull your own sample ballot go to http://ok.gov/elections and type in your name and birthdate as prompted:

Sample ballot for the run-off in the sheriff’s race:

I recommend a vote for Scott Owen.

Sample ballot for the City of Bartlesville:

So that’s it folks hidden in plain sight on the run-off election day is bonded indebtedness of $16,400,000 (that is over 16 million dollars) and an extension of 1/2% sales tax to June 30, 2026. IF you said NO we could get a reduction in sales tax burden. If you said NO we could keep our property taxes more stable. But the thing that makes me the maddest is that a handful of people will decide this for everyone. This should have been on the general election voting day – NOT the primary run-off election day!

Well I am just one vote but I’ll be saying NO five times!

Sandra Crosnoe

for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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My Washington County Sample Ballot for the Primary June 30th

Do you know how to find yours? Here’s the link to the ok.gov portal to find your sample ballot OK Voter Portal (OVP) Access. You will have to give your name and birthdate and viola — sample ballots in pdf or html formats.

Here is the State Question No. 802 wording (I recommend a NO vote):

My Sample Ballot in Washington County Oklahoma for the Primary Election on June 26 2018

 

Sample Ballot for Washington County – Part 1 (downloadable pdf file)

 

 

Sample Ballot for Washington County – Part 2 (downloadable pdf file)

This is my sample ballot for primary election ballot for Washington County (HD11)

Primary Election to be held on June 26, 2018 in Oklahoma

Here is an online tool from the Oklahoma State Election Board so that you can get your personal sample ballot which may differ depending on where you live.  It is also always available as a top tab item on OKGrassroots.com

You will need to plug in some personal information to be able to locate your personal sample ballot online.  You had to be registered by June 1st in order to vote in this election.  I am registered as a Republican so this information will be different for you if you are registered in one of the other parties.  I will be providing some personal endorsements over the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned!

Updated June 23, 2018: My Voting Recommendations are here now.

Results are in – Bartlesville Passed all 4 Propositions, but…

Source: https://www.ok.gov/elections/Election_Info/2018_March_Special_Election.html

All four propositions passed.  However, Proposition 2 (which included Price Tower Park and Amphitheater) passed by a much thinner margin at a little over 66%; the other propositions passed by about 79%, 83% and 81% respectively.  A voter turnout of 4,138 people made this decision for a city with a population of approximately 34,748.   Bartlesville is in a declining population mode which means fewer people will be paying into the property tax base to cover these bonds.   That is about 8% of the population voting in this special election.

Maybe we should eliminate special elections and have these matters on general election ballots so that more people would participate.  Just a thought…

For more info on what was actually on the ballot and how much money we just authorized spending – see my previous article here: https://scrosnoe.wordpress.com/2018/03/06/oklahoma-special-elections/

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Results are in – Bartlesville Passed all 4 Propositions, but…

Oklahoma – Special Elections by County on March 6th – THIS IS YOUR VOTE REMINDER!

Here is a listing of all the special elections by county across Oklahoma (it is a pdf file and downloadable):

https://www.ok.gov/elections/support/ok_results_cnty.pdf

Only problem is it doesn’t give you the ballot wording on bonds. It does give you candidate names on the ballot in those cases. But you will still have to do your own research!  This will simply tell  you if there is an election in your area.

For my friends in Bartlesville, here is the ballot wording for all the money on the table for us in the City of Bartlesville.
Bartlesville March 6 2018 SampleBallot

Bartlesville March 6 2018 SampleBallot PDF file downloadable (via this website)

Bartlesville March 6th SampleBallotPDF file downloadable via OKElections.us

In summary:

  • Proposition No 1 – City Equipment Projects – $1,995,000
  • Proposition No 2 – Parks and Recreation Facilities Projects – $8,260,000
  • Proposition No 3 – Street Projects – $5,120,000
  • Proposition No 4 – Storm Drainage Projects – $1,125,000

GRAND TOTAL (if all approved) $16,500,000

Sixteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars

What happens in a declining population base?  Can we really afford all this?  Will property taxes really remain the same?

I am so mad about the bundling of the much extravagant and unneeded amphitheater in proposition 2 – I may just vote no across the board.  I mean if they would do that on item 2 who knows what is buried in the other items!

My philosophy is when in doubt vote no and this time there is no doubt on Proposition 2 in my mind!

If you want more information on why to vote no on Proposition 2 visit on facebook Vote No on the Price Tower Park

My earlier post on topic is here.

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Oklahoma – Special Elections by County on March 6th – THIS IS YOUR VOTE REMINDER!

 

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