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Carter County seeks vote of confidence for sales tax

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Voters in Carter County will decide whether to continue a quarter-cent sales tax. Voters in Carter County will decide whether to continue a quarter-cent sales tax.
Carter County uses the proceeds from a quarter-cent sales tax to make road repairs. (KTEN) Carter County uses the proceeds from a quarter-cent sales tax to make road repairs. (KTEN)

CARTER COUNTY, Okla. -- There's a special election in Carter County on Tuesday. Residents can vote on whether to end or continue a quarter-cent sales tax.

The levy was instituted in 2012 to provide funds for construction and road maintenance. Just this year, the tax has added $300,000 to the county coffers.

The special election gives residents an opportunity to decide whether to continue the tax; the county a "yes" vote will not raise the current rate.

But some residents told KTEN they haven't seen enough improvements in the last five years to vote in the affirmative.

"They've had these several years to improve the streets of Ardmore and around, and yet they have not done that," said Ardmore resident Carlen Wilkes. "There's still lots of streets that are very poor."

Janice Hall said she recognizes the importance of road maintenance, but still question if her taxes will remain the same.

"I think maintaining our roads is a big issue;  it's part of our infrastructure," she said. "We need to maintain that, we need to keep them in their prime. My biggest concern would be, 'What is it going to cost me?'"

Some do want the tax to continue as the road conditions have them asking one question: 

"When's the next time I get my front end aligned?" asked Brenda Russell. "It's really bumpy out there."

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