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PAGE 14 -- The Perkins Journal l ursday, November 1, 1984 O state ques vote Nov. 6 By Ralph Sewell OPA Capitol News Bureau SHALL THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE? [] YES. FOR THE AMENDMENT [-J NO, AGAINSTTHE AMENDMENT Question 573 would permit voters of a county to levy on themselves an additional 5-mill tax {maxi- mum} to build and maintain county roads and jails. Voters likely will be dismayed November 6 when they find they are to decide on 10 proposed constitu- tional changes referred to them by Oklahoma legisla- tors. If some or all should pass, property taxpayers probably will be eventually dismayed. Seven of the lO proposals could add to their ad valorem bills through increased taxes or bond issues. Heie's what the other three are about: State Question No. 571 Legislative Referendum No. 239 This measure would amend the Oklahoma Constitution. It would amend Section 7 of Article XXIII. This section relates to the right to sue for damages. The damages are for personal'injuries resulting in death. The measure would allow the Legislature to set statutory limits. The limits would be for the amount of damages that can be recovered. The limits would be on claims or actions against the state or the political subdivisions of the state. SHALL THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE? Q YES, FOR THE AMENDMENT [] NO, AGAINSTTHE AMENDMENT State Question 571 proposes to let legislators change state law to allow injured workers or their survivors sue employers for money damages in court, as well as receive workers' compensation awards. State Question No. 576 Legislative Referendum No, 244 This measure would amend the Oklahoma Constitution. It would amend Section 18 of Article II. This section relates to the grand jury. The grand jury would be ordered by a district judge upon his own motion or upon filing of a petition. The measure would increase the percentage of qualified electors who must sign the petition. The increase would be from one percent {1%} to two percent {2%} of the population of the county. The measure would increase the minimum number of signatures required for the petition. The increase would be from two hundred {200} to four hundred {400}. it would increase the maximum number of signatures required from four hundred {400} to eight hundred {800}. SHALL THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE? , O YES, FORTHE AMENDMENT [] NO, AGAINSTTHE AMENDMENT * State Question 576 proposes to make it more difficult to call a grand jury. It would double, from 1 to 2 percent, the number of a county's signing electors needed to call a grand jury. It also would raise from to 400 the minimum and from 400 to 800 the rpaximum number of petitioners required. ~tate Question No. 582 Legislative Referendum No. 249 This measure would amend the Oklahoma Constitution. It would amend S~tion 6 of Article X. This section relates to property that is not taxed. The measure would permit the taxing of schools and colleges which operate for a profit. As " in the past, nonprofit schools and colleges would not be taxed. The measure would also remove the tax exemption for the ex-Civil War soldiers and their widows. ~HALL THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE EOPLE7 U/YES, FOR THE AMENDMENT l] NO, AGAINST THE AMENDMENT State Question No. 574 Legislative Referendum No. 242 This measure would add a new Section 27B to Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. It would authorize any city, town. or county of this state to acquire certain debts. The debts would be to finance public utilities. To acquire such debts would require an affirmative vote of at least three fourths PA} of the members of the governing body of said city, town, or county. The debts would be limited obligations payable from and secured by a lien and change against revenues or funds given by the city, town, or county. This section shall not limit or be limited by existing provisions of the Constitution or Statutes relating to financing public utilities. SHALL THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE? [] YES. FOR THE AMENDMENT [] NO, AGAINSTTHE AMENDMENT a Question 574 would eliminate the present requirement that voters of a city, town or county must give approval before public utility bonds may be issued. Condition: A three-fourth's affirmative vote of the governing body would be required. State Question No. 575 Legislative Referendum No. 243 This measure would add a new Section 9D to Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. It would authorize an additional county ad valorem tax levy. This levy would not exceed three and one half (3%) mills on the value of the dollar of all taxable property in the county. The purpose of this tax is to provide funds for poor persons needing health care. The levy must be approved by a majority of the voters of the county voting on the question st an election called for that purpose. It provides for termination of the tax levy. Nothing in this section shall prohibit other levies or the use of other public funds for said purpose. Nothing in this section shall limit the authority of Section 9A of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. Section 9A provides for county health depart- ments. SHALL THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLI~? [~ YES, FOR THE AMENDMENT [] NO, AGAINST THE AMENDMENT Question 575 would.permit voters of a county to authorize an added 3V2-mill-tax on real and personal property to provide medical care for poor persons. State Question No. 579 Legislative Referendum No. 246 This measure would amend the Oklahoma Constitution. It would add new sections 27B and 27C to Article X. It would permit incorporated cities, towns or counties to form trans- portation service districts. The purpose of the districts would be to provide transportation. The measure would require an election to form each district, to issue the bonds, and to levy .the taxes. It would require an election to withdraw from a district, It would ~equire an election to expand or dissolve a district. It would allow the districts to pledge taxes for payment of bonded indebtedness. It would specify the powers and dut.ies of the board of trustees of the transportation service districts. It would require an election for incorporated cities, towns or counties within a district to contract with or pledge taxes to the district. The Legislature could not provide state funds for any transportation district. State Question 582 would permit the legislature to tax property owned by private schools and colleges which are operated for profit. Approval would not affect not-for-profit schools. Here are questions which, if approved, could have financial impact on ad valorem taxpayers: S).ate Question No. 570 Legislative Referendum No. 238 This measure would add a new Section 9D to Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. It would authorize an additional county ad valorem tax levy. The levy would not exct~cl three {3) mills assessed valuation of the dollar. The purpose of the tax is to construct, maintain, and improve the county parks. This is for any county within the state having a pppulation of over two hundred-fifty thousand {250,000} an4 having a county park system. The measure requires voter approval. ! t would have provisions to" terminate the tax levy. SHALL THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE? [] YES. FOR THE AMENDMENT [:] NO. AGAINSTTHE AMENDMENT s Question 570 would authorize voters of Tulsa and Oklahoma Counties to vote an additional 3 mills oftax on themselves to support county parks systems. State Question No. 5"/2 Legislative Referendum No. 240 This measure would amend the Oklahoma Constitution. It would amend Section 26 of Article X. This section relates to the debt limits of political units of the state. The measure changes the limit on debts a school district may incur for buildings and equipment. The limit is based on the value of the taxable property of the school district. The measure changes the current limit of ten percent {10%} to fifteen per- cent {15%L Any increase in the limit by a school district would require the approval of the voters of the district. SHALL 'THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE? [] YES. FOR THE AMENDMENT f~ NO, AGAINSTTHE AMENDMENT * Question 572 would raise from 10 to 15 percent of assessed property value the building-equipment bonding limit of a school district. Voters in each district would have to vote such bonds. state Question No. 573 Legislative Referendum No. 241 This measure would amend Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. It would add a new Section 9D. The measure would authorize an additional county ad vaiorem tax levy O~ voter approval at an election held for such purpose. The levy would not exceed five {5) mills on the dollar of *isaessed valuation. The levy would be to construct and main- fain county roads and jails. It would require the amount and duration of the tax levy to be specified. The measure would limit elections to approve such a levy. It would provide for termination of the tax. I II Insert Journal FORMER RESIDENT ELECTED Former Perkins resi- dent Mike Kastl, Direc- tor of Oklahoma's Aban- doned Mine Land {AML} Reclamation Program, was elected vice chair- man of the Association of AML Reclamation Pro- grams at the 6th annual meeting of that Associa- tion in Lexington, Ken- tucky, October 7-1 I. The AML Reclamation Association consists of 25 states and 3 Indian tribes working to pro- mote cooperation, coor- dination, and com- munication between the states/tribes and the federal government. Oklahoma's AML Reclamation Program is a program of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and is charged with the protec- tion of public health, safety, general welfare, and property from the adverse effects of past coal mining. Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Kastl of Perkins. 219 S. Main $47-2555 Porklns I11 I 111 II III ~ I i "" I I _llll [I ILl Ilil IIIII ]L.IJ. il . L ..... SUCH A PROBLEM PRAGUE -- City councilmen have finally decided how they are go- ing to stop the penny sales tax that isn't need- ed to pay off hospital obligations. They will take $600,000 that has accumulated from sales tax collections and invest in government bonds and use the interest to make bond payments, and take off the sales tax. Any ex- tra generated by the 11 percent interest will be used for operation of the hospital. -O- SHALL THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE? [] YES, FOR THE AMENDMENT [] NO, AGAINST THE AMENDMENT Question 579 would allow cities, towns and counties to band together and form transportation districts. These districts could issue bonds and levy taxes. Approval of voters living in the proposed distict would be required. State Question No. 580 Legislative Referendum No. 247 This measure would amend Section 9 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution. It would authorize a local school district incentiv,~ tax levy. The tax would not exceed ten {10) mills. The mills to be based on the dollar valuation of taxable property of the school district. The tax levy would require voter approval of a majority of the voters of the school district. The voters would vote on the tax levy each fiscal year at an election held for that purpose. The measure 'would also do away with obsolete language in the section. SHALL THIS AMENDMENT BE APPROVED BY THE PEOPLE? [I YES, FOR TIlE AMENDMENT ~] NO, AGAINSTTHE AMENDMENT a Question 580 would allow voters in a school district to authorize another 10 mills of taxes on property in the district for general support. TO DONATE 5% OF SALES BARNSDALL nie and Leo owners of the local all Drug, donate 5% for the month November to the to raise to the Panther annual World Festival in March. If good as it was a November, the 5% raise for the band trip. THE REAL OF YALE --Jim send, Corporation missioner, said here! To the Voters of Payne County: 60 percent of the electricity goes transporting coal the state to electricity. -o- My opponent has accused me of voting for legislation legalize "pulltab" gambling in Oklahoma. I'he record Journal, March I, 1984, page 429) will prove that i AGAINST legalizing this type of gambling activity in our The bill had been amended so that a YES vote was to keep "pull tab" gambling ILLEGAL. This is a smear tactic sometimes used by opponents in ditch effort to gain votes. I ask you not to be misled by tactics -- my record shows I have consistently voted for t welfare of the people of our District and to keep a wholesome place to live. TOM HALL State Representative District 33 WES WATKINS worked to win a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee and Subcommittees on Energy and Water Development and Agriculture and Rural Development. Why? Wes knows the foundation of our economy is agriculture and energy--and that water development is the key to future industrial and job development in the Third District. g New Opportunities! , For more economic, and private sector job velopment. , For a balanced budget ment and reduction of deficits by increasing national exports. , For protecting Social and health care for the . For less red tape and ment bureaucracy to business and industry to more efficient and . For energy independence increasing domestic and less dependence on eign oil. . For the best public, and higher education possible for our citizens. . For a strong, efficient defense. . For a water development gram to improve our from tourism, recreation industrial growth. . For a more profitable culture and research to cate brucellosis and ticks. e PAID FOR BY THE WES WATKINS FOR CONGRESS COMMITTE'I '. WALTER WOOLLEY, CHAIRMAN--MARK GRIFFIN,