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School bond and EMS district on Nov. 3 ballot


September 30, 2020

Two issues important to the Freedom community will appear on the general election ballot on Nov. 3. The Woods County commissioners have approved adding a proposition for a countywide 522 District to benefit all the EMS services in the county. The Freedom EMS held an open house Wednesday evening to answer questions about the proposition.

The 522 District would provide revenue from a county ad valorem tax of 3 mils to be distributed among the EMS services in the county. Currently there are three in Alva, Freedom and Waynoka. You can learn more about this proposition on a special Facebook page at Woods County 522 EMS district information. This is an important vote. Passing this proposition will help keep the county EMS services in operation. It’s important to have ambulance service nearby.

Also in the Nov. 3 election, the Freedom Public Schools are seeking approval for a school bond, which will also go on ad valorem taxes. The schools are asking approval for the tax to pay off a school bond that will finance needed renovations to the school. The bond would cover the following:

• Replace exterior windows at district

• Install LED lighting in main school

• Improve ADA (handicapped accessible) fixtures and equipment

• Provide exterior repairs to the main, agricultural education and gymnasium buildings

• Demolish and replace the gym floor

• Install wheelchair viewing space in the gymnasium

• Remodel and make ADA accessible the restrooms by the auditorium

The total amount of the bond is $765,000. This updating of school facilities benefits all the students.


If you aren’t registered to vote, there’s still time. The deadline for the November election is Oct. 9. Registration forms are available at the Freedom Schools or you can go to the Woods County Election Board located in the Professional Building in downtown Alva across from City Hall. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, when county offices observe Columbus Day. The Election Board phone number is 580-327-1452 if you have questions.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 25 at 5 p.m.

Early voting will be Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Early voting will be at the Woods County Election Board office.


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