MOORE — Voters will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $25.1 million bond issue for construction of what city officials are calling a “wow factor” park and a four-year, quarter-cent sales tax for improvements to existing parks.
“We're real excited about the possibility of both of these things,” City Manager Steve Eddy said.
A possible location for the park is a 48-acre site at Broadway Avenue and S Fourth Street, Eddy said. The undeveloped land, for which the city has acquired an option contract dependent on the outcome of the election, is just west of the railroad tracks that run through Moore.
The park would include a new aquatic facility, a community and recreation center, a multipurpose building with space for a farmers' market, an outdoor amphitheater with a stage and a two-mile multipurpose trail.
The proximity to the railroad tracks is not a disadvantage, Eddy said. “There are many venues you can find across the country where they have activities that are right at the railroad tracks,” he said.
In the future, the city could seek to acquire another 10 to 12 acres to add to the park, Eddy said.
The sales tax, if approved, would provide for upgrades to the city's 11 existing parks, create two parks on land already owned by the city and build a wall of honor to recognize veterans.
The city expects the improvements will “create a positive economic impact from special events and new destination facilities,” according to the city's website.
The sales tax, which would begin April 1, 2013, and expire March 30, 2017, is expected to generate about $7 million in revenue for the parks improvements, according to a flier mailed to Moore residents.
The two propositions are not dependent upon each other, Eddy said. “They can each stand on their own. We'd like to see both of them to be approved.”
In public meetings about parks last year, residents said their top four priorities were improvements to existing parks, a new aquatic facility, a new community/recreation center and walking trails and sidewalks. The city pool was shut down in recent years because it had deteriorated.
If approved, the property tax to fund the bond issue would amount to an increase of about $4 per month for a home with an assessed value of $100,000. The quarter-cent temporary sales tax would cost shoppers an additional 25 cents per $100 in goods purchased.
bond issue details
Proposition 1 (general obligation bond issue) would fund:
Proposition 2 (quarter-cent, four-year sales tax) would build two new parks and fund improvements to the following features of the city's existing parks: