OKC voters approve $835.5 million in bonds

By Bryan Dean Modified: December 12, 2007 at 2:57 am •  Published: December 12, 2007
Streets will be fixed, parks will be built and sidewalks are coming in Oklahoma City.

Voters overwhelmingly passed the $835.5 million bond issue Tuesday, with all 11 propositions garnering at least 78 percent of the vote.

“I think people are proud of their city and elections like this give them an opportunity to say so,” Mayor Mick Cornett said.

With all 271 precincts reporting, the yes vote on the 11 bond issue propositions ranged from 89.1 percent to 78.3 percent.

The largest portion, $497.4 million, will go to streets. Among other things, the bond issue includes $89.7 million for parks, $41 million for police projects including a renovation to the downtown headquarters building and $32 million for drainage projects.

Included in the street funding is $68 million for new sidewalks. Any street that is widened or rebuilt will get a sidewalk if it doesn’t already have one.

‘A high quality of life’

Cornett said people understand you have to invest in infrastructure and maintain streets. Support for some of the other propositions shows voters are willing to dream bigger, and it mirrors the success of city initiatives like MAPS, he said.

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