Enid residents to vote on tax increase to fund water pipeline project

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ENID, Okla. -The Enid City Commission has authorized an election for voters to decide on a sales tax increase to fund the Kaw Lake water pipeline project.

The Enid News & Eagle reports that the commission also approved a resolution to establish the Kaw Lake Funding Oversight Committee during its meeting on Tuesday. If the 0.75 percent tax is approved by voters on Aug. 23, it will go into effect January 2017 for the pipeline and related water facilities.

Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser said the project will include a dedicated water intake structure at Kaw Lake, a 75-mile pipeline and a new water treatment plant. The cost of the project is estimated to be about $360 million.

City Manager Jerald Gilbert said the project is expected to be completed in five to six years.

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