Sand Springs city council approves $14.5 million bond issue proposal; Nov. 12 election set

 

SAND SPRINGS -- At Monday's Sand Spring City Council meeting, a resolution was passed to send a $14.5 million general obligation bond to a November election.

The resolution passed 7-0.

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Nov. 12, Sand Springs voters will weigh in on a bond issue, and if passed, it will fund renovations and upgrades for the Sand Springs Museum, golf course, Keystone Ancient Forest and playgrounds.

The majority of the bond money is designated for police and fire. Currently the police station is in city hall, while Fire Station No. 1 sits nearby.

"Those buildings are woefully inadequate," said City Manager Rocky Rogers. "They are small; they have lack of storage, lack of training facilities. And they just need a place where they can actually perform their duties much better."

The proposed solution is moving both departments to a 45,000 square-foot facility on property near 129th and Wekiwa. 

About $11 million is earmarked for this project, which will also include some city hall improvements.

Rogers said if the bond issue is passed, it would impact property taxes. For a $100,000 home, Rogers estimates about a $129 increase in property taxes annually.

"That is less than the amount of a postage stamp a day."

Rogers believes the investment in the city is well worth the return in the future.

"I think it will show that we care about the facilities that we have, and the citizens care about the facilities and they are willing to step and provide the opportunity through their property tax to upgrade these facilities."

The election is set for Nov. 12.

For more information about the bond election visit sandspringsok.org .

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