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Edmond Exchange for July 17

Edmond Exchange, a weekly column about what is going on in Edmond
by Diana Baldwin Modified: July 16, 2014 at 10:06 pm •  Published: July 17, 2014

Edmond Exchange

Workers still busy

at splash pad

Construction on Edmond’s first splash pad is continuing despite rain showers that have slowed the project.

“We won’t complain about the rain in July,” City Manager Larry Stevens said.

The $430,000 splash pad is being constructed in Barnett Field, Main Street and Kelly Avenue.

Wynn Construction is expected to be finished in time for an opening by the end of August.

“Our staff anticipates staying open through September this year to give neighborhood residents a chance to use the new facility and work out any kinks for next year,” Stevens said.

Sales tax returns bring ‘good news’

The first sales tax collection check for the new fiscal year is 8.53 percent more than was collected for the same time a year ago.

The July sales collection tax brought the city $5.4 million, $436,761 more than in 2013. The budget projection for this fiscal year is 6 percent.

The collection period was from the last two weeks of May and the first two weeks of June.

“The first check of the new fiscal year picks up where we ended last year, as the good news continues,” Stevens said. “We are blessed.”

Last year, sales tax collections were 15.7 percent above revenue received for the same period two years ago, the numbers used to calculate the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget. Financial officials revised the budget after sales tax collections continued to come in above projected.

Edmond has collected $17.5 million from a half-cent sales tax to build the new public safety center complex. More than $14,900 in interest also has been received. Collection of the half-cent tax started in April 2012.

The original bid for the project was $27.5 million. The cost has grown to $28.4 million with change orders including a $499,876 increase that was approved this week by the city council. The cost has gone up $902,280 since it started.

Electronic signs vote is set for April 7

Council members passed this week a resolution for an April 7 election on an initiative petition to ban electronic signs in Edmond.

Petitions contained 1,109 signatures when turned in at city hall on May 19 by former Mayors Saundra Naifeh, Dan O’Neil and Randal Shadid.

City staff found 973 valid signatures during the verification process. Those opposing the electronic signs needed 644 valid signatures for the city to call an election. They collected 339 more than that.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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