Oklahoma Says "NO" to Higher Gas Prices

   In a Special Election on September 13, 2005; voters in Oklahoma were asked to approve the establishment of a Bridge and Highway Trust Fund.  A gasoline tax of up to 5 cents per gallon and a diesel tax of up to 8 cents per gallon was intended to fund the trust. 

   Ten percent of the new gasoline tax was to go to county highway funds and another ten percent to cities and towns for roads and bridges.

   The proposal lost by almost 7 to 1: Yes votes were 51,312 to 349,927 No votes.  Total turnout was 401,239 out of 2,149,557 registered voters, or slightly less than 18.7%.  This is about normal turnout for special elections in September.

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