The Moore American

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November 7, 2012

Moore voters decide two parks intiatives

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MOORE —

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.

“We’re going to be having some public meetings out in the community where people can come ask questions,” Eddy said.

All of the upcoming public meetings will be at 7 p.m. They will be held at area elementary schools to allow for the greatest access to various neighborhoods throughout Moore.

The Oct. 22 meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Oakridge Elementary, 3201 S. Santa Fe. On Oct. 23 the 7 p.m. meeting will be at Kelley Elementary, 1900 N. Janeway. Winding Creek Elementary, 1401 NE 12th, will be the site for the Oct. 24 meeting, and Heritage Trails Elementary, 1801 S. Bryant, will host the Oct. 25 public meeting.

If approved, the projects will make major upgrades and improvements to existing parks, build a wall of honor to recognize veterans, create gathering spots for families to enjoy time together, offer new health and wellness opportunities for Moore residents and create a positive economic impact from special events and new destination facilities, according to the Master Parks plan and city staff notes.

A series of public meetings, focus groups, citizen interviews and an extensive citizen survey, conducted in the Fall of 2011, produced a priority list from Moore residents. According to the input the top four priorities of Moore residents are:

· improvements/ en-hancements to existing parks

· a new aquatic facility

· a new community/ recreation center

· walking trails/sidewalks.

The Moore City Council considered the extensive input from residents and developed the two proposed park improvement propositions.

The city council voted unanimously to place these propositions on the ballot.

The temporary quarter cent sales tax would cost shoppers an additional 25 cents for every $100 purchased. The advantage of sales tax is that shoppers from outside of Moore help contribute to the economic impact.

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