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StateImpact's 2012 Ballot Question Handbook (UPDATED)

Background

In the Nov. 6 general election, Oklahoma voters will cast ballots for president and state lawmakers, and weigh in on six statewide questions and county-specific ballot measures.

We’ll be updating this guide regularly, so check back as we get closer to the election.

State Questions

Voters in all counties will vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on six state questions. StateImpact has prepared explainers on the four economic and jobs-related state questions:

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State Question 758

Is Capping Assessments on Property Taxes a Cut or a Hike?

The measure would decrease the cap on increases in “fair cash value” of property taxes. (UPDATED: 11-02-12)


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State Question 759

Ending Affirmative Action in Oklahoma, Or Banning Equal Opportunity?

The measure would disallow “affirmative action” programs as they relate to contracting, education and employment from the state or any Oklahoma county, city, town or school district.


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State Question 764

Bonds for Important Water Projects, or State Credit Risk With Inadequate Oversight?

This measure amends a section of the state constitution to allow the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to issue $300 million in bonds for water, storm water and sewage projects.


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State Question 766

Is Oklahoma ‘Taxing Ideas,’ and Could Schools Suffer if We Stopped?

This measure amends a section of the state constitution, which exempts some intangible personal property from ad valorem property taxation — a state tax imposed on the value of property.  (UPDATED: 11-02-12)


State Questions 762 and 765 are on the November 2012 ballot, too, but don’t directly involve economic or jobs-related issues. Here are the basics on those, and links where you can find more information:

State Question 762

If approved, this measure would remove the governor from the parole process for people convicted of some nonviolent crimes.

For more:

State Question 765

If approved, this measure effectively abolishes the commission that oversees the Department of Human of Services, KOSU’s Michael Cross reports.

For more:

County Questions

Vision2

What Tulsans Need to Know About Vision2 Before the Big Vote

Only voters in Tulsa County will get to weigh in on Vision2, but the sales tax initative has profound implications for northeastern Oklahoma.

Roughly 30 percent of the state’s GDP is generated in Tulsa, state commerce officials say. And Tulsa’s economy is tied to aerospace, which Vision2′s Proposition 1 would direct funds to.

At the city level, Tulsa has been inspired by Oklahoma City’s success with its MAPS sales tax spending, which has been credited with spurring a revitalized downtown.

Latest Posts

Two Reasons Vision2 Failed in Tulsa County

There was healthy debate about the merits of Tulsa County’s Vision2 measure, including discussion about taxpayers’ role in “picking and choosing” corporate winners and losers. But a lot of the reasons cited for the rejection had to do with timing and confusion over the two propositions. “It was too fast,” opponent and anti-Vision2 organizer Ronda [...]

Overheard on Election Day in Oklahoma: ‘This Is the Only Line I Don’t Mind’

Voters line up to cast ballots shortly after precincts opened in Oklahoma City.

Happy Election Day, Oklahoma! Couple reminders: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Boundaries were redrawn in 2011, so you should confirm your polling location before you get in line. (Don’t make the same mistake I did!) We’re focusing our election coverage on ballot questions — Check out our 2012 Ballot Question Handbook [...]

Tulsa County Voters ‘Mixed’ on Vision2 Propositions, Poll Suggests

Tulsa County voters seem mixed on the two-part Vision2 ballot question, a new poll suggests. Vision2′s quality-of-life Proposition 2 appears to be headed to victory in Tuesday’s election, while the fate of Proposition 1 with its airport industrial complex upgrades and deal-closing fund is uncertain, a new Tulsa World poll shows. The World used SoonerPoll.com [...]

Tulsa’s Vision2 Ballot Question Surrounded by Uncertainty

Wayne Thomas, power plant maintenance director at American Airlines' Tulsa base, says many of the hangers at the facility are outdated and in need of upgrades, or work will have to go elsewhere.

The Vision2 proposal is up for a vote Tuesday in Tulsa County. It’s a $750 million sales tax extension that would spread millions to the county and its communities for quality of life improvements of their choosing. But the largest portion of Vision2 spending is earmarked for economic development, and most of that money will be [...]

Vision2 Battle in Tulsa is Greenbacks vs. Grassroots

Supporters of Tulsa’s Vision2 tax package have a lot more campaign cash than their opponents. While Vision2 proponents have almost $600,000 on hand, anti-tax package team Citizens for a Better Vision have a war chest with about $11,000 in cash and in-kind donations, reports the Tulsa World‘s Brian Barber, who sifted through campaign finance reports [...]

State Question 759: Does Oklahoma Still Need Affirmative Action?

State Sen. Rob Johnson (R-Kingfisher) was one of the authors of the resolution that led to State Question 759.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an affirmative action case that deals with the ability of the University of Texas to consider race when admitting students. Oklahoma is in an affirmative action battle of its own, but this one will be decided by voters when they weigh in on State Question [...]

Vision2 Will Help Make Tulsa Base ‘Irreplaceable,’ But Won’t Affect Layoffs

American Airlines

On November 6, Tulsa County voters will weigh-in on Vision2, a $748.8 million package of upgrades to spur economic development and improve quality of life. About $212 million is earmarked for upgrades and renovations benefitting American Airlines, the bankrupt airline that employs about 7,000 at a maintenance base in Tulsa. Public officials, the Tulsa Metro [...]

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