Bixby Voters To Decide Public Safety Propositions

Tuesday, August 16th 2016, 4:08 pm
By: News On 6

Voters in the city of Bixby will decide the fate of four safety-related bond propositions on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

The city says the propositions would generate $18 million for projects to improve street and drainage infrastructure, buy public safety equipment and make improvements to Lake Bixhoma and Bentley Park.

The city will hold a meeting Tuesday night to present details on the propositions to Bixby residents:

Tuesday, August 16th
?6:30 p.m.
Bixby City Hall

Proposition 1 would raise $975,000 to improve drainage, primarily in the area around 161st Street, according to the city. 

Proposition 2 calls for $4.215 million for public safety projects which include:
     -Purchasing and installing security camera for city facilities and property
     -Moving the police gun range to a less populated area and improving it
     -Replacing two fire engines and buying a ladder truck

Proposition 3 would raise $11.835 million, according to the city, for street repair. The projects include:
     -131st between Memorial and Mingo
     -131st between Sheridan and Memorial
     -121st between Memorial and 85th East Avenue
     -The intersection and approaches to Harvard Avenue and 151st Street 
     -111th Street between Memorial and 86ht East Avenue

Proposition 4 calls for $975,000 to be spend on improving city parks. 
     -Bentley Park: Add paved parking spaces and grass overflow lots. Convert rodeo arena into two multi-use athletic fields
     -Bixhoma Lake: Improve and add access areas and facilities

According to a news release from the city, the net impact of the four proposals would be a property tax increase of $12 per month per $100,000 of assessed value. The city says a homeowner whose home is assessed at $250,000 would pay an extra $30 a year in property tax. 

The city says the proposals would return the city's property tax rate to what it was from the 2006 and 2011 bond issues, which was 13.5 mills.