DALLAS -- McAlester, Okla., voters have approved the state's first-ever revenue bond limits for a city, in a referendum triggered by concerns over a plan to finance a for-profit prison project.

In an Oct. 15 special election, taxpyers approved an amendment to the city charter that requires voter approval of all bonds in excess of $500,000 that are issued by the city's nine trust agencies. City officials say they now await a legal challenge to determine exactly how the debt limits will work.

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