Muldrow Residents Worried About Future After Bond Fails

A 2013 tornado in Moore, Okla. ripped apart homes, schools, and took the lives of many. So Muldrow schools proposed a bond to keep their kids safe this tornado season.

“We purposed a 4.3 million dollar bond issue for safe room’s at all three schools sites,” said Muldrow schools superintendent Ron Flanagan.

Flanagan said the proposal to raise property taxes won 55-percent of the vote, but that wasn’t enough.

“In Oklahoma you`re required a super majority of 60 percent in order for the bond to pass,” Flanagan said.

Some parents are questioning what’s next.

“We will look at the possibility in the coming future of re-running this issue again,” Flanagan said.

Although Flanagan said there`s no price for his kids safety, some parents say the proposed tax raises concern.

“How would I afford it?” asked parent Emily Oaks.

“I voted yes because I think storm shelters are needed,” said Jeremy Cowan.

As tornado season approaches the school said they will have to make due.

“Right now the kids go to the center of the buildings and get as many walls in between them as possible. Most of the time that means the hallways,” Flanagan said.

Flanagan said they must wait 120 days before anything can be decided on for a new vote.

Flanagan estimates the bond will be up for re-election by early 2015.

3 comments

  • A volunteer

    Raising property taxes by almost 21% just doesn’t make sense to property owners at this time. People are struggling to make a living and that much of an increase would cause a lot of delinquent property taxes and cause some people to lose their home & property. Plus it would have a snowball affect for residents having to do without food and clothing. Besides, the cost of gasoline and propane is already created a hardship. It’s easy to sit behind a desk and dream of ways to give yourself a feather in your hat at the taxpayers expense but this is ridiculous. They mislead the voters and kept the issue very quiet thinking they could sneak the bond passage in but it didn’t work this time nor will it work the next time. Why don’t they use the state lottery money for protecting and educating our children???????????

  • Fed-up!

    When you have to use retirement saved up to pay for already high property taxes, who wants to pay more. What about all those people living in our school district who do not own property and get a free ride in our school. The tax laws are outdated and should be changed. But you know who has to change them, yes our lawmakers and they sure will not! I have complained about my property taxes and I was told if they come and look at my property they may increase! How about that. It is the same as usual, tax more, tax more, etc.

  • Oops

    You know, at the beginning of The Wizard of Oz, after Dorothy’s house falls on the witch of the east and “kills” her, then the sister witch shows up from the west. The little guards marching around could have just shot the witch and saved Dorothy a lot of trouble, because the first witch could die from a house. Think about it.

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