Top News

October 10, 2013

Dorman gathers support at Chickasha meeting


State Representative Joe Dorman outlined his $500 million bond initiative for statewide school storm shelters to Chickasha Lions Club members Wednesday at Eduardo’s Restaurant.

Dorman’s bond initiative calls for a one-time $500 million bond that would allow for all Oklahoma schools to build storm shelters.

This $500 million bond initiative would take 160,000 signatures then a pass of the vote of the people.

Dorman said he tried to get his amendment to the bond proposal calling for a franchise tax to be enacted, but 57 members of the House voted against calling for a special session beyond tort reform.

“At that point we decided we would go forward with an initiative petition for fear the legislature would not take action,” he said. “So, we had the language to create a new constitutional amendment to allow the state to issue a one-time bond for use in school districts.”

He said the Constitution prohibits the state from using bonds to help other levels of government. He said that includes bond money from federal, state or municipalities of school districts.

Dorman said this $500 million bond would allow the state to collect those funds from the Office of Emergency Management into a separate account to be used by local school districts to use with matching dollars to help with the construction of storm shelters.

He said he also visited with authorities from the Federal Emergency Management Authority to allow matching dollars from the federal government.

Taking the $500 million with a 25 percent match of $125 million would be $625 million. Adding in a match from FEMA of a three to one ratio would take the total up to $2 billion to be used for local school districts, Dorman said. 

He said the importance of this initiative is to change the current standards of how local school districts get their construction bond monies. With most of the school districts already tapped out on what they can draw from bond money, including the Chickasha School District, who’s at 98 percent, this would allow schools to do more construction, getting a waiver from county excise boards.

Text Only
Top News
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel

Who do you blame for the current immigration crisis?

The President
Both are equally at fault
     View Results