Proposal would see increase to property taxes that would pay for storm shelters in Oklahoma schools

OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin is lending her support to get storm shelters onto school grounds.

Fallin says the state doesn't have the necessary funding to put shelters in every school, but that money can be raised locally.

On Wednesday, she announced her support for a constitutional amendment that would allow individual school districts to increase their bond limits, meaning storm shelters or safe rooms would be paid for through local taxes.

The money would come from a small increase in property taxes for property owners in that district.

The worry for some, however, is that small districts wouldn't be able to raise the necessary funding to protect their children.

Fallin believes letting school districts decide for themselves is the best way.

The proposal must be passed by legislators before Oklahomans can vote on it in the November election.

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