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Police, fire facilities on CIP agenda

A proposal for a new Capital Improvements Program to provide funding for public safety, public infrastructure and two educational entities will top the agenda when the City Council meets in regular session today.

The meeting, which also includes a proposal to give Public Works permission to seek a federal grant related to reclaiming wastewater, will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of Lawton City Hall, Southwest 9th and C.

Council members are being asked to look at a new Capital Improvements Program, to be crafted by extending two existing taxes: a one-half percent sales tax now funding improvements for Lawton Public Schools, which will expire Dec. 31; and a three-eighths percent sales tax, dubbed the 2008 CIP, which is set to expire June 30, 2015. If voters agree to the idea, the new program would extend the two existing taxes (totaling seventh-eighths percent) for eight years, providing an estimated $74.3 million.

The project list proposed for discussion today includes $40.2 million for public safety issues, including $33.775 million for a new police station/jail/municipal court facility; $2 million to acquire land for and work to expand Central Fire Station; $2 million to complete construction and utilities for the new fire station proposed in southwest Lawton; $2 million for new fire equipment; and $450,000 to demolish Wayne Gilley City Hall.

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