The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 5, 2013

Enid parks plan fails

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — With all 24 precincts reporting, the $50 million city of Enid Quality of Life Initiative has failed.

Proposition 1, a $20 million half-cent sales tax increase, was defeated 4,717 no, to 1,396 yes, or 77.2 percent against.

Proposition 2, a $30 million bond issue, failed 4,731 no, to 1,400 yes, or 77.2 against.

The Quality of Life Initiative would have raised funds to improve existing city parks; built two new neighborhood parks, new downtown and community parks and 10 miles of new city trails; and established a parks and recreation department.

The one-half percent increase in the sales tax rate was slated to have begun July, 1 2013, and expire June 30, 2018.

The bond issue would have extended an existing 7 mill ad valorem tax for a term of 20 years.

The 7 mill ad valorem tax previously was enacted to fund city bridge improvements.