ENID, Okla. —
Timm said there’s a “fine line” between good and bad investments with TIF districts.
“I know you don’t get businesses to come to Enid or any other town by sitting on your hands,” Timm said. “But, I also don’t know if you give them money when you’re going to have to sit on it for 25-30 years before you get anything back.
“I know we have to compete to bring people here, but you can’t just give them everything and not get anything back either.”
Timm said he is opposed to the mall TIF.
Question: What is the biggest issue facing your ward in the next term?
Kaufman said infrastructure improvements need to be a priority in Ward 4.
“The roads need to be brought up out here,” Kaufman said. “The roads are not maintained out here in this area because a lot of poor people live in this area. They’re not keeping up the infrastructure like they should, and the sewer lines are all outdated.”
Timm said road maintenance and improvements needs to be a priority in the next term.
“The oil boom has really brought a lot of things to this town, but it’s also tearing the roads to pieces,” Timm said. “The industrial park is a great deal for Enid, but we need to improve the roads at least out to the county and make all the city roads passable. It seems like we wait until we have to have repairs instead of taking care of things prior.”