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March 5, 2013

City of Enid parks plan decided by voters today

ENID, Okla. — Residents of Enid vote today to decide the fate of the Quality of Life initiative, a $50 million proposal to build new and upgrade existing city parks.

A pair of ballot questions proposes to raise funds to improve existing city parks; build two new neighborhood parks; build a new downtown park and a new community park; build 10 miles of new city trails; and establish a parks and recreation department.

News & Eagle staff writer James Neal wrote a two-part, in-depth story on the issue, the first story of which is HERE and the second HERE. See other related story links below the photo to the right.

The $50 million in proposed funding is split into two ballot questions: one to raise $20 million by increasing the city sales tax rate by one-half percent for five years, and a second ballot question to pay for $30 million in general obligation bonds by extending 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. The one-half percent increase in the sales tax rate would begin July, 1 2013, and would expire June 30, 2018.

Polling precincts in the city of Enid are open today until 7 p.m.

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For a list of polling places in Enid, go HERE (mobile users go >HERE). To find out where you vote, Oklahoma Election Board enlist a locator HERE.

To see the sample ballot, scroll down or click HERE:

 

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