Del City passes half-cent sales tax
DEL CITY — Voters in Del City on Tuesday approved a half-cent sales tax increase to fund the police and fire departments.
The proposition passed with 66 percent of the vote. Over 900 people cast ballots in Tuesday’s election.
The half-penny will go toward police and firefighter salaries, staffing, benefits and competitive wages.
“We are very grateful to our citizens who got out and voted and supported us. We know it’s not always easy to vote for a sales tax increase,” Del City fire Maj. Brandon Pursell said.
“It’s about protecting our No. 1 investment, and that’s our firefighters and our police officers. That amount of money, we’ve got to protect that and not train them for other departments to lure them away because they pay better,” Pursell said.
“Del City is an urban city just like Oklahoma City, Edmond or Norman, and we have to train them to be that urban first responder and everything that comes with it,” he said.
Meanwhile in Oklahoma County, the voters in the city of Spencer also approved a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund their police officers and firefighters with 67 percent of votes. More than 200 ballots were cast.