The Moore American

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November 14, 2012

City poised to move forward

MOORE — With two funding measures approved Nov. 6, officials for the city of Moore are turning their attention to moving ahead with a series of park upgrades and the construction of a new aquatic center.

One initiative on last Tuesday’s ballot calls for the issuance of $25.1 million in general obligation bonds to construct a multifaceted aquatic center and communty area. The second ballot measure calls for a temporary quarter-cent sales tax increase to pay for upgrades to the city’s parks.

Last week, 17,759 votes were cast in the bond election, according to Cleveland County Election Board results. By a margin of 64.2 percent to 35.8 percent, Moore voters approved $25.1 million in general obligation bonds to pay for a major destination water theme park. The final vote was 11,398 in favor of issuing the bonds, and 6,361 against the initiative.

Also last week, at 17,683, slightly fewer votes were cast in the sales tax vote, according to the county election board. The sales tax increase passed by a margin of 10,281 votes, or 58.1 percent, to 7,402 votes, or 41.9 percent.

“The numbers were very supportive,” City Manager Stephen Eddy said after the balloting on Nov. 6. “The bond vote had a wider margin of victory than the sales tax issue.

“That was a little surprising to us,” he said. “Although the margin of victory was suprising, they both were approved by comfortable margins.”

“We are grateful to the voters and citizens for approving the measures and the confidence they have in the city,” Eddy said. “We’re very excited.”

Now the work will begin to move the projects forward, the city manager said Tuesday morning.

“There is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that will be going on for the coming weeks and months,” Eddy said.

Eddy said among the details to be resolved before ground can be broken on the aquatic center are:

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