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Oklahoma County voters approve three of five measures



More than 40,000 Oklahoma County voters went to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of five propositions county officials put before the public.

The main proposition called for spending $55 million to purchase the inactive General Motors plant in southeastern Oklahoma City. The measure passed 20,773 to 18,635. After the county buys the plant, officials intend to lease the building to Tinker Air Force Base.

Proposition 2 for $10.5 million passed by less than 1,500 votes. The money will be used to renovate the Oklahoma County Courthouse with plumbing, air conditioning, heating and other structural improvements.

Propositions 3 and 4 failed to get voter approval. Proposition 3 for $5.75 million would have provided new storage space at the courthouse. Proposition 4 for $7.25 million would have constructed a new facility for the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service for county programs. Both measures failed by more than 3,000 votes.

Proposition 5 passed by the widest margin of all measures " more than 6,000 votes " which will improve the county's flood plain areas. "Scott Cooper



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