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State Question 779 fails: Voters say no to one-cent sales tax increase for education in Oklahoma

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Posted at 8:48 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 22:41:27-05

TULSA - State Question 779 has failed as Oklahomans said "no" to adding a one-cent sales tax for education.

Had it passed, the breakdown of the revenue generated from the increase would have been:

  • 69.5 percent to school districts, which would require raising teacher salaries by at least $5,000
  • 19.25 percent would go toward higher education
  • 8 percent would go toward the State Department of Education (early childhood education)
  • 3.25 percent would go toward the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

It would have prohibited the money to be used to increase superintendents' salaries, to add superintendent positions and the money would not have been used to replace or supplant other education funding. An annual audit to ensure the districts are using the money appropriately would have been required.

The tax would have gone into effect July 1, 2017.

ALL STATE QUESTION RESULTS HERE | ALL ELECTION RESULTS HERE

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