Vot­ers head to the polls Tues­day

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - NEWS - BY JOSH DU­LANEY Staff Writer jdu­laney@ok­la­homan.com

Vot­ers in the Ok­la­homa City metro area will de­cide Tues­day who fills an open Se­nate seat, whether sales taxes will in­crease in two com­mu­ni­ties and how fu­ture elec­tion dates are set in one city.

Repub­li­can Paul Rosino and Demo­crat Steven Vin­cent square off in the Nov. 14 gen­eral elec­tion to fill the open seat in Se­nate District 45.

The seat was va­cated in April after for­mer state Sen. Kyle Love­less, a Mus­tang Repub­li­can, re­signed in the wake of ac­cu­sa­tions that he em­bez­zled more than $100,000 from his 2012 and 2016 cam­paigns.

Love­less later pleaded guilty to three felonies and is on pro­ba­tion.

Rosino won a sev­en­can­di­date Repub­li­can pri­mary with 33 per­cent of the vote. In the Demo­cratic pri­mary, Vin­cent trounced Noah Yn­clan with more than 92 per­cent of the vote.

In Del City, vot­ers will de­cide whether to in­crease the sales tax rate from 8.5 to 9 per­cent. Pro­po­nents say the in­crease is needed to sup­port the po­lice and fire de­part­ments. The City Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously Aug. 7 to hold the elec­tion. City Man­ager Mark Ed­wards pre­vi­ously said the sales tax in­crease would gen­er­ate about $1.35 mil­lion per year. Rev­enue gen­er­ated would be al­lo­cated for po­lice and fire­fighter salaries, staffing, ben­e­fits and com­pet­i­tive wages, city lead­ers have said.

If ap­proved, the in­crease will take ef­fect April 1, 2018.

Vot­ers in Spencer will also vote on a pro­posed sales tax in­crease. Pro­po­nents of 1-cent in­crease say it would gen­er­ate about $180,000 an­nu­ally, which is needed to main­tain salaries and equip­ment for the po­lice and fire de­part­ments.

Nor­man vot­ers will de­cide whether to change city char­ter lan­guage to align elec­tion dates and can­di­date fil­ing dates with the state.

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