Sales tax increase petition

Oklahoma Secretary of State Chris Benge announced his office has completed the counting of signatures for State Question 779, Initiative Petition 403.

The measure would levy a one-cent sales tax to provide revenue that would be dedicated to public education and increasing teacher salaries.

The secretary of state’s office counted a total of 301,518 signatures for the proposed state question.

Only 123,725 signatures were needed for the proposal, or an “Initiative for Constitutional Change,” to be put on the November 2016 ballot. That equates to 15 percent of 824,831, the total number of ballots cast in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

As required by law, the secretary of state’s office sent a report on its findings to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is expected to rule that there are sufficient signatures to place the proposal on a ballot.