Tulsa voters pass propositions for jail expansion, new juvenile center; more Green Country results

TULSA - Voters across Green Country headed to the polls Tuesday.


In Tulsa County, voters approved two tax propositions to fund a jail expansion and a new juvenile detention center.

Proposition One was a 15-year-sales tax to build a new juvenile courts and detention center. Tulsa County commissioners say the current juvenile center is too small and is falling apart.

The second proposition was another 15-year-sales tax to repair and expand the current county jail. This would address overcrowding and inadequate facilities for inmates with mental health problems. 

As of late morning, only about 6 percent of Tulsa County's registered voters cast ballots, according to the election board, but officials say it's not uncommon to have light turnout for an election where there hasn't been a lot of advertising.

"We were anticipating a light turnout and we hope it's higher than six percent, but we'll find out at 7 p.m.," said Patty Bryant, Tulsa County Election Board secretary.

Construction at the jail and detention center is expected to begin soon.

Elsewhere in Green Country, Bixby and Sand Springs voters cast ballots on council members, and Owasso voted on two school bonds.

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