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Voters in Moore, Tulsa County consider tax plans

Early election results in Moore indicated voters might have approved a $25.1 million parks proposition.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: November 7, 2012 at 1:10 am •  Published: November 6, 2012
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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.

Liquor-by-the-drink

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.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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