ENID, Okla. — Question: Should the parks plan be a priority for the city right now, and why?
Kaufman said he’s in favor of the parks plan, but he wants to see more specifics on how the $50 million will be spent.
He said he supports the parks plan, because Enid’s children need more safe places to get off the streets.
Kaufman said he would rather see the $50 million plan spread out over time, and paid for with existing tax revenue instead of taking out bonds.
“The $50 million they’re going to spend on the parks plan is a good deal, but if they spend $50 million and use bonds, they’re going to have to pay back $75-$80 million,” he said. “I think we have enough tax money coming in to pay for the parks issue if they would just let it out a little bit at a time.”
Kaufman said he plans to vote for the parks plan, but he wants more transparency in the process.
“I will vote for it, but I want it clarified and I want all the money applied to the parks,” Kaufman said.
Timm said he’s in favor of upgrading Enid’s existing parks, but he’s opposed to building the new park at 30th and Randolph, and he’s opposed to the $50 million plan.
“I’m not in favor of raising taxes for the new park east of Enid,” Timm said. “I would take the other half that is for upgrading the parks that are in existence.
“I think most people in this town, if they had to raise taxes for the water issue, they’d be more for that than raising taxes for parks.”
Timm said the city should not build a water park, planned for the new east side park, when a local business owner already is operating Splash Zone.
“I don’t think the city of Enid should be in the business of owning a water park when you have a local business owner here who’s already invested in owning one in the city,” Timm said.