Voters To Decide On Bond Issue To Improve Streets And Parks

Monday, November 26th 2007, 8:44 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City voters will decide on a $835.5 million bond measure on December 11 that would pay for street projects, park improvements and new fire stations, public libraries and buses. The measure includes about $573.6 million for street-related projects and $89.7 million for parks.

Voters approved bond measures in 1995 and 2000 on parks. Before these measures the city went about two decades without spending capital funds on parks.

"Should citizens decide to pass this bond issue, I think we'll move from a good park system to a great park system," Parks Director Wendel Whisenhunt said.

The measure also includes money for:

-- Three new fire stations, including one in a section of southeast Oklahoma City where population growth has slowed response time, according to Councilman Pete White.

-- Two new libraries and the renovation of two others.

-- New buses to maintain the existing transit system.