The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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February 13, 2013

Steve Kime interview with Joan Riley

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ENID, Okla. —

Question 12: Here’s an important question. What is the financial impact on the citizens of Enid?

Answer: Everyone needs to determine what they are willing to pay for enhanced quality of life. For the sales tax issue, it would raise our sales tax from 8.35 percent to 8.85 percent, so every time you spend a hundred dollars it would add an additional 50 cents. This put us about average in the state for sales tax.

The property tax issue is a potential for a continuation of the bridge bond tax initiated five years ago. The homeowner whose home is valued at $100, 000 by Garfield County Assessor Wade Patterson, $8.41 a month will be the first year at year three it goes to $7.30 and over the 20 year life it averages about $5.20 a month.

Question 13: Studies have shown that CEOs say quality of life is important to maintain and to attract employees. How will this bond proposal impact Enid’s quality of life?

Answer: Enid has long since been the incubator for growing companies. Some have reached international levels of achievement and acknowledgment. We have learned first-hand the last couple of years with Continental Resources moving their home office to Oklahoma City. For these companies to stay in Enid, they need to recruit the best talent to work for them. Good schools, retail opportunities, housing and activities for their families, especially their children, are driving forces to where a person wants to live. I have personally lived in several different cities, and the first thing we investigate before we moved were the schools (Enid has invested greatly on this point), housing (there are lots of nice homes available in Enid), shopping capabilities (this next year will add numerous improvements to our capabilities and offerings); and will my children be happy and have places to play (Can we answer that adequately now?)?

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