McAlester Votes Tomorrow

Did you know that less than 20% of registered voters in McAlester participate in local elections? This number is absolutely unacceptable and YOU can solve the problem.

The City of McAlester has four sales tax referendums for voters to decide on Tuesday, February 13th. Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm. Be sure to take your state-issued ID or voter registration card with you.

The four sales tax issues for the City of McAlester are:

  • Proposition No. 1: Excise tax of one half percent (.50%), to provide funding for repairs, maintenance, construction, and improvements to city infrastructure. Replaces an expiring one-half of one percent (0.5%) excise tax.
  • Proposition No. 2: Excise tax of one eighth percent (.125%) to provide funding for the McAlester Public Schools to construct a new early childhood center and to construct safe room/structures in existing facilities.
  • Proposition No. 3: Excise tax of one eighth percent (.125%) to provide funding for the McAlester Regional Health Center Authority to construct a modern regional cancer treatment center and ancillary services.
  • Proposition No. 4: Excise tax of one eighth percent (.125%) to provide funding for Economic Development.

See the sample ballots here.

The economic development tax has been an important part of funding for Pride In McAlester for the better part of a decade. $30,000 a year comes to the organization from the fund to help pay for the resources that have empowered thousands of volunteers to paint hundreds of items and buildings, plant 138 trees, improve 13 school sites, complete 46 projects in city parts and neighborhoods and remove more than 7 million pounds of waste during cleanups.

It’s had a big impact. Chances are, the tax will continue to have this huge effect if it continues.

There’s also a McAlester Public Schools Board of Education election. Anyone registered to vote in McAlester’s School district participates.