The Oklahoma Supreme Court has cleared the way for voters to decide early next year whether they want to approve future revenue increases for the state budget.

The court last week ruled that there was no legal reason to bar the public from voting on State Question 640, which would require voter approval of all new revenue packages not approved by three-fourths of the Oklahoma Legislature.

The group STOP New Taxes last year gathered more than 200,000 signatures on a petition calling for a referendum on the matter.

The proposal was challenged in the state's highest court, which delayed a vote last year.

However, antitax proponents say they will now push for the measure to be voted on next November.

"We are waiting on a November 1992 election date because we don't feel there's a need for the expense of a special election," said Dan Brown, president of the newly formed Oklahoma Taxpayers Union.

"In a presidential election, there will be a greater turnout, and we want as many Oklahomans as possible to vote on it," Mr. Brown said.

However, Gov. David Walters could call a special election before then. Such elections generally attract smaller voter turnout.

Supporters of the revenue-limiting measure also petitioned for a statewide vote last month in an effort to repeal House Bill 1017, the massive education and tax reform package approved in 1990 by lawmakers. That effort failed.

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