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Enid parks propositions fall flat

Sales tax and bond issue propositions failed in Enid during statewide municipal elections Tuesday. Most bond issues elsewhere in the area — including at Rose State College — were supported.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Modified: March 5, 2013 at 10:08 pm •  Published: March 5, 2013

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.

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