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Texoma voters OK sales tax hikes, school bond issue

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Voters in Johnston and Pontotoc counties overwhelmingly approved sales tax measures and citizens gave a green light for school bond issue in Coalgate on Tuesday.

In Johnston County, a half-cent sales tax hike won support from 68 percent of voters. It will fund salaries and benefits for county employees and improve emergency operations. The increase will last for five years, beginning February 1. The vote had originally be scheduled for last November, but was moved back because of ballot confusion.

In Pontotoc County, three out of four voters endorsed a 9/16th cent sales tax hike that will continue a levy that expired in October. It will fund 911 dispatch, roads, bridges, and the county jail.

Also on Tuesday's ballot: Coalgate Public Schools' $3.55 million bond proposal to build a new cafeteria and community safe room will go forward after approval from 75 percent of voters. The money will also serve to remodel the district's existing cafeteria into five new classrooms. The school district is in Coal and Atoka counties.

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