MOORE — Voters in Moore, one of Oklahoma City's fastest growing suburbs, will decide Tuesday on a $25.1 million sales tax measure for parks, one of many issues facing Oklahoma residents this election cycle.
In Tulsa County, voters will have the chance to extend the Vision 2025 sales tax, which is projected to generate $748.8 million over the next two decades.
Payne County voters will be asked to decide a traditionally contentious issue — whether to allow single-drink liquor sales on Sundays.
The city of Moore, which has added 15,000 new residents in the past decade, would use the money to build a massive new city park at SE 4 and Broadway streets.
Moore City Manager Stephen Eddy said the new park would include a new community center, an amphitheater, new jogging trails and an aquatic center. He said the new park will probably be about 50 to 60 acres in size.
Eddy said the city has had to spend a lot of its time and money in recent years upgrading streets, adding fire stations and a new wastewater treatment plant to deal with Moore's population growth.
“It's a quality-of-life issue we've been talking about for some time,” Eddy said. “Our park space, our open space … are lacking in facilities and some other things.
“The new park is something we think will be a huge quality-of-life issue or an economic development issue to bring people to Moore.”
Voters in Moore also will be asked to approve a four-year, quarter-cent sales tax to pay for improvements of the city's existing parks.
Eddy said the temporary tax is expected to generate more than $7 million before it terminates.
Tulsa County tax
Voters in Tulsa County will decide whether to extend a long-term tax initiative that would fund projects in Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Skiatook and Sperry.
The tax extension is expected to generate $748.8 million in revenue for Tulsa County projects. The original Vision 2025 sales tax was approved by voters in 2003 and is set to expire in 2016.
There are two propositions associated with the sales tax extension, one described as “quality-of-life,” the other as “economic development.”
The Vision2 plan would extend the sales tax until 2029, according to Tulsa County officials.
In the city of Tulsa, it's projected that about half of the $157.9 million in Vision2 funding would be used to upgrade and create Arkansas River dams, along with $20 million for improvements to the city's zoo.
Tulsa County has plans to build a new juvenile justice center for $38 million. Another $25 million would be used to improve roads, bridges and other county infrastructure.
Tulsa suburbs would also receive significant funding if voters approve the sales tax extension.
According to Tulsa County officials, Broken Arrow has plans to spend $27.7 million of its Vision2 funding on road projects. City officials have said they plan to widen numerous thoroughfares in the growing city to five lanes.
Broken Arrow is projected to receive $44.1 million if the two propositions are approved by voters on Tuesday, the most of any Tulsa suburb.
A notoriously contentious issue is facing voters in Payne County, who are being asked to decide whether to allow bars and restaurants to sell single servings of liquor on Sundays.
Similar efforts in Payne County were narrowly defeated in 1986 and 1988.
In 1986, 6,326 residents voted against allowing single servings of liquor on Sundays, while 5,418 voted in favor of it.
Two years later, in a presidential election cycle, the measure was again narrowly defeated by a margin of 14,274 to 12,493.
County commissioners put the measure in the ballot in August after two developers, including state Rep. Cory Williams, urged them to do so in order to modernize the Stillwater area's liquor laws.
Commissioners voted 2 to 1 to put the measure on the ballot.