Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

August 12, 2013

Fall elections start to heat up

Staff Reports
Pauls Valley Democrat

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — Heating up is this fall’s election season as another Garvin County town has joined the party of special votes.

After the resignation of three council members in Maysville a special election has been scheduled for Oct. 8 to let voters choose their replacements.

The filing period for prospective Maysville candidates is Aug. 26-28 at the Garvin County Election Board in the county courthouse.

Even sooner is next week’s filing period for town council candidates in Stratford and Lindsay.

One council seat in both area towns needs to be filled as candidates looking to run can file from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 12-14.

The election date for Stratford and Lindsay voters, along with those in Pauls Valley and Elmore City, is Sept. 10.

In Pauls Valley voters will decide the fate of a sales tax measure that if passed will go toward the operation of the local hospital.

Also on the September ballot is a school bond issue for residents living in the Elmore City-Pernell district.

The deadline to register to vote or get a voter’s registration updated for the election is Friday, Aug. 16. The last day to request mailed absentee ballots is Sept. 4.

At stake here in Pauls Valley could be the fate of the local hospital.

Going before local voters is a half cent tax proposal that if approved would go to support Pauls Valley General Hospital.

Members of the PV City Council voted by a 4-1 count to have voters get their say on making the tax a permanent one.

If the tax is given the OK by voters it wouldn’t become effective until Jan. 1, 2014, allowing the city of Pauls Valley to actually start receiving revenue from it in March next year.

Another big issue on the September ballot is a bond issue for the Elmore City-Pernell School District.

The $7.51 million issue spread out over a series, if passed by at least 60 percent support, would go to construct a new gymnasium and convert ECP High School into a building with separated areas for middle school and high school students.