The Moore American

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October 3, 2012

Moore parks proposals on Nov. 6 ballot

MOORE — City Manager Stephen Eddy said two ballot measures coming before Moore voters on the Nov. 6 ballot could be quality of life “game changers.”

The first proposition before Moore voters would authorize $25.1 million in general obligation bonds to fund a major destination park if approved.

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 multi-purpose trail in central Moore.

“Earlier this year, the council decided we wanted to take a look at the overall parks system so we did the parks master plan,” Eddy said.

That master plan made recommendations including upgrading Moore’s current parks, but it didn’t stop there.

“It also made a recommendation about this big new park,” Eddy said. “Now is the time to put this forward. We had quite a lot of public input as to what people want to see in their existing parks.”

With the pool closed, a new, state of the art aquatic center is badly needed. So are the other amenities included in the proposed general obligation bond.

“The farmers market building was high on the list of things people said they want to see in Moore,” Eddy said. “The interest rates now are very low, so we think we would get some good interest rates. The bonds will be issued over time.”

The first bond would be issued in early 2013 if voters approve the measure.

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

“We’re very excited about it,” Eddy said. “We believe if it’s approved by voters it will be a game changer for us, particularly in quality of life.”

The second proposition would establish a quarter of a penny, 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.

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