Oklahoma voters decided on municipal races and propositions Tuesday, as well as several school bond issues.
Enid voters shot down by a wide margin two propositions that would have invested significantly in developing the city's park system.
Two propositions — one a sales tax, the other a property tax — were equally opposed by about 77 percent of voters.
A city spokesman had earlier touted the proposals together as a “grassroots movement” started by local residents, but it appears each died a painful death.
Steve Kime said he was surprised at the way the election turned out.
“Things will be just like they've always been, in a very questionable shape,” Kime said. “The people have spoken and that's the way it's going to be.”
The city had planned to use the money to update 20 neighborhood parks and create four new ones, including a 217-acre sports complex and an upgraded municipal swimming pool.
Kime said there are no alternative plans to develop or restore city parks now that the issues failed.
A sales tax proposal in Newkirk that would have supported capital expenditures also failed, but proposals elsewhere in the area fared much better.
School bond issues in Cushing, Verden, Kremlin-Hillsdale were all supported, as was $22 million in upgrades at Rose State College.
Revenue generated by the new Rose State bonds will finance an expansion and renovation project at the college's library, repair its swimming pool and upgrade technology campuswide.
The Rose State district includes the Midwest City-Del City School District and portions of the Choctaw and Oklahoma City school districts.
Also in Oklahoma County, two new members were elected to the city council in Nicoma Park.
The incumbent mayor of Nicoma Park, however, will face off against one of his two challengers in a runoff election, as will the top two vote-getters in both of the Oklahoma City Council races.
The runoff election is scheduled for April 2.