PRYOR, OK —
Residents in Locust Grove will cast their votes on Tuesday in favor of or against a proposed half-penny sales tax increase.
The tax would run for 10 years and fund improvements in both sewer and water services for residents.
The improvements are not an option, said Town Clerk Tamatha Ogilvie.
“We’re going to do the improvements whether or not this tax passes,” Ogilvie said. The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has had the town under a consent order, making their requests mandantory.
The DEQ consent order requests the town construct a water line connecting it to Oklahoma Ordnance Works Authority to receive water that has already been treated. DEQ also requests that the town revamp the entire wastewater plant.
“We have to. We have no choice,” Ogilvie said.
Ogilvie explained the tax will help spread the financial burden to visitors who enjoy the services, rather than have the entire debt fall to the water / sewer customer base.
Money from the tax will generate approximately $100,000 per year.
Recently, the Oklahoma Water Resources Board approved a loan worth nearly $3.5 million to the Locust Grove Public Works Authority.
Polls will be open Tuesday, Nov. 12, from
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.