Del City passes half-cent sales tax

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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.

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