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Chickasha residents to vote on how to fund new water treatment plant

City of Chickasha Water Treatment Plant
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City of Chickasha Water Treatment Plant

The city of Chickasha says its aging water treatment facility needs to be replaced. Residents will head to the polls next month to decide how the new water treatment plant will be funded.

On Aug. 8, residents will vote on a permanent 1.25% sales tax to fund the new water treatment plant that would go into effect at the beginning of 2024. But, if residents vote down the sales tax increase, the city says water rates will then automatically increase in October by 82% to help cover the cost.

Currently, shoppers in Chickasha pay a total of 9% sales tax, which is made up of a 4.5% Oklahoma sales tax, .75% Grady County sales tax and 3.75% Chickasha sales tax.

The city says the 1950s-era water treatment plant is way beyond its estimated life, and is at risk of "catastrophic failure", leaving the residents of Chickasha vulnerable. The city has struggled to produce quality water and could possibly face fines from the DEQ if improvements are not made.

The new facility is estimated to cost approximately $74 million and take about three years to complete.

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Nyk has worked in radio since 2011 serving as a board operator, on-air announcer and production director for commercial radio stations in Iowa. Originally from the Quad Cities area, Nyk joined KGOU in 2018 as a practicum student studying Creative Media Production at OU. Upon graduating the following year, he became part of KGOU’s staff and is now the local Morning Edition host. When not on the air, Nyk likes to read, listen to music and follow news about the radio industry.
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