The Moore American

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November 14, 2012

City poised to move forward

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MOORE —

1. Issuance of the bonds to secure the necessary funding.

2. Purchase of the land.

3. Secure an architect.

“We have land under option at Fourth and Broadway,” Eddy said. “There are about 50 to 60 acres there at Fourth Street, and that’s where the park will be.”

He said the city hopes to have the aquatic center open by Spring 2014.

“So, we will need to break ground next summer or fall,” he said.

Eddy said the project is more than just a pool. This park would be home to a new aquatic facility, a new community/recreation center, a farmer’s market/multi-purpose building, an outdoor amphitheater/stage, and a 2-mile multipurpose trail in central Moore.

“For what we are going to be spending on it, it had better be more than just a nice little pool,” Eddy said.

The impact on property tax for a Moore home with an assessed value of $100,000, would be about $4 per month.

Eddy has termed this project a game changer for Moore, particularly in the area of quality of life.

The second proposition approved by voters last week was a quarter-cent, temporary sales tax that would run from April 1, 2013, to March 30, 2017. That temporary sales tax would be designated for improvements to existing parks.

“On the sales tax side, it won’t go into effect until April,” Eddy said Tuesday. “City council is considering a short-term note in advance of the sales tax increase so that we can move ahead with some work on the other parks.

“That work is what people will see first,” Eddy said. “Council will talk about that funding at the meeting next week.

“The sales tax (funded) work is all over town and hopefully we will see that activity soon,” Eddy said.

The two initiatives were the result of months of planning.

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