By Matt Montgomery and Roger Pugh
Piedmont voters Tuesday, by a three-to-one margin, turned down a $6 million bond issue proposal to repair several major Piedmont streets.
Unofficial election results show voters turned down the issue by a margin of 71.2 percent to 28.8 percent. The actual vote was 646 against the proposal to 261 in favor. Voters in all three precincts turned down the bonds by similar margins.
The proposal would have reworked stretches of at least seven Piedmont roads.
City officials said they would now go back to the drawing board to see if they can come up with a plan that might be more acceptable to the electorate or to find another way to make at least some road repairs.
Seven roads were slated for major reconstruction if the bond issue passed and up to three additional streets would have also been reworked if any bond funds remained after the first seven streets were completed.
In other election results of local interest, voters living in the Oklahoma City limits in the Piedmont area joined with other voters throughout Ward One to unseat Ward 1 Oklahoma City Councilman Gary Marrs. In the two Piedmont polling places where Oklahoma City residents cast ballots, challenger James Greiner outpaced Marrs 23-18, while at the Surrey Hills Baptist Church polling locations, Greiner topped Marrs 132-92. Throughout the Ward, Greiner outpolled Marrs 1,775 to 1,333.