Norman's $42.6 million bond package passes

A $42.6 million bond package to correct flooding and traffic problems passed with 61.37 of the vote.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: August 28, 2012 at 11:50 pm •  Published: August 29, 2012
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Norman voters Tuesday passed a $42.6 million general obligation bond package designed to finance improvements to correct long-standing flooding problems and ease traffic congestion.


The unofficial vote was 5,761 yes to 3,627 no with all 49 precincts counted.

Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said the hard work of a citizens committee helped get the bond package passed.

“They worked very hard to reach out to other citizens and convince them of the need for this,” she said. “I think this shows that when Norman works together, great things can be accomplished.”

Property taxes, over a 20-year debt-financing period, will go up $3 a month on a home valued at $100,000, Public Works Director Shawn O'Leary said.

The bond package includes eight projects estimated to cost $89 million. City leaders anticipate federal transportation grant funds will pay for $46.4 million, or 52 percent, O'Leary said. The general obligation bond package will cover the rest.

The projects include improvements to two bridges and six arterial streets. The projects will widen major connecting streets on outer edges of the city limits, alleviate some of Norman's most traffic-congested areas and enhance public safety, O'Leary said.

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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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