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Voters approve Oklahoma County jail's $260 million bond package in primary election

With 99% of precincts reporting, Oklahoma County voters on Tuesday were poised to approve a $260 million bond package, paving the way for the building of a new jail facility.

The $300 million facility is the county's sole plan to put an end to years of trouble at the current jail. The proposition to approve the bond package won approval from more than 59% of voters.

"I am so grateful to the taxpayers and voters who gave us this vote of confidence," District 2 Commissioner Brian Maughan said Tuesday. "I'm just so, so thankful."

The bond package found wide support from elected leaders, members of the local chamber of commerce and other community leaders. A more than $50,000 ad buy was made on behalf of a campaign called "Fix The Jail," with supporters including Tony Tyler, of Tyler Media, and Clayton Bennett, chairman of the Oklahoma City Thunder, ahead of the election.

Read the article in the Oklahoman


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