Some Oklahoma propositions will have big impacts, officials say

by Andrew Knittle Published: November 4, 2012
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Voters in Moore, one of Oklahoma City's fastest growing suburbs, will decide Tuesday on a $25.1 million sales tax measure for parks, one of many issues facing Oklahoma residents this election cycle.

In Tulsa County, voters will have the chance to extend the Vision 2025 sales tax, which is projected to generate $748.8 million over the next two decades.

Payne County voters will be asked to decide a traditionally contentious issue — whether to allow single-drink liquor sales on Sundays.

The city of Moore, which has added 15,000 new residents in the past decade, would use the money to build a massive new city park at SE 4 and Broadway streets.

Moore City Manager Stephen Eddy said the new park would include a new community center, an amphitheater, new jogging trails and an aquatic center. He said the new park will probably be about 50 to 60 acres in size.

Eddy said the city has had to spend a lot of its time and money in recent years upgrading streets, adding fire stations and a new wastewater treatment plant to deal with Moore's population growth.

“It's a quality-of-life issue we've been talking about for some time,” Eddy said. “Our park space, our open space … are lacking in facilities and some other things.

“The new park is something we think will be a huge quality-of-life issue or an economic development issue to bring people to Moore.”

Voters in Moore also will be asked to approve a four-year, quarter-cent sales tax to pay for improvements of the city's existing parks.

Eddy said the temporary tax is expected to generate more than $7 million before it terminates.

Tulsa County tax

Voters in Tulsa County will decide whether to extend a long-term tax initiative that would fund projects in Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Glenpool, Jenks, Owasso, Sand Springs, Skiatook and Sperry.

The tax extension is expected to generate $748.8 million in revenue for Tulsa County projects. The original Vision 2025 sales tax was approved by voters in 2003 and is set to expire in 2016.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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