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Altus voters turn down city charter changes

ALTUS — Five proposed changes to the City of Altus charter were soundly defeated by voters Tuesday.

In addition to voting for the next governor and state legislators, Altus residents went to the polls to decide changes to the city’s charter that would make multiple government positions by appointment only and one that would make wholesale changes to the city’s government structure.

Proposition 1 included around 30 changes to the charter, including giving councilmembers the power to set their own salaries with a majority vote, limit pardons and delegate limited contract authority. More than 80 percent of voters, 3,373, turned out against it. Only 837 voted in favor.

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