Early election results in Moore indicate voters likely will approve a $25.1 million parks proposition, which promises to meet the needs of one of Oklahoma City's fast-growing suburbs for years to come.
Tulsa County voters appeared to be rejecting a massive countywide tax extension for a major improvement plan, while Payne County residents voted to allow single servings of liquor to be sold on Sundays.
In Moore, voter approval of the parks package would translate into a 50- to 60-acre city park at SW 4 and Broadway.
As of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, the proposition was passing by a 7,604 to 3,994 vote with 11 of 19 precincts reporting.
The city park would feature jogging trails, an amphitheater, a new farmers market and an aquatics center.
Moore, which has grown by roughly 15,000 residents over the past decade, recently shut down its city pool, and its existing parks are not designed to serve the swelling population.
Moore City Manager Stephen Eddy said the planning of the various projects has essentially already started. He said the $25.1 million bond issue will roll out over five years, if it passes.
“The first phase will be the aquatics center,” Eddy said. “It will probably be mid-2013 before any work would start on the pool.”
Voters in Moore also appeared in favor of a temporary sales tax to pay for improvements to the city's 11 existing parks, at least according to results available at press time.
The four-year, quarter-cent sales tax is expected to generate more than $7 million before it terminates, according to the city.
The measure was passing by a 5,450 to 3,883 vote at press time.
Voters in Payne County approved a measure to allow restaurants and bars to sell single servings of liquor on Sundays.
The measure passed by a vote of 15,436 to 9,695, meaning that 61.4 percent of voters approved of selling liquor by the drink on Sundays.
Similar efforts in Payne County narrowly failed in 1986 and again in 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 year, the measure was defeated by a vote of 14,274 to 12,493.
County commissioners put the measure on the ballot in August after two developers, including state Rep. Cory Williams, urged them to modernize the Stillwater area's liquor laws.
Commissioners voted 2 to 1 to put the measure on the ballot.
Tulsa County tax
Voters in Tulsa County appear to be deciding against extending a long-term tax initiative that would fund projects in Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Skiatook and Sperry.
As of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, voters were not being kind to the two propositions.
With 225 of 263 precincts reporting, an economic development proposition was failing with 107,207 “no” votes compared with 85,295 “yes” votes.
A “quality-of-life” proposition was failing, as well, with 104,252 “no” votes compared with 88,007 “yes” votes.
The tax extension would 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.
The Vision2 plan would extend the sales tax until 2029, according to Tulsa County officials.
In the city of Tulsa, it's projected 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 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 are planning 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.