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Special election to be hosted March 7

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Mayor John Alberts

City Council members approved Mayor John Alberts calling a special election to be hosted March 7 during Jan. 2’s City Council meeting.

The special election will be for the “approval of the electors of a General Obligation Bond Issue and Authorization, to provide [$18 million] for the purpose of constructing a new sports park at the southwest corner of the intersection of Frisco Road and Highway 66.”

The Jan. 2 agenda included two agenda items referencing the special election, as they are both required by law.

Phase I of the sports park will include “constructing, equipping and acquiring property for a new sports park at the southwest corner of the intersection of Frisco Road and Highway 66, to include outdoor soccer fields, related buildings, infrastructure improvements, parking, roadways, drainage and utility improvements, sidewalks, landscaping, scoreboards, spectator seating, concession and restroom facilities, office and meeting facilities, storage and maintenance facilities, related equipment, design, engineering and property acquisition costs, and the expenses of the bond issue.”

The proposition for the sports park that will appear on the ballot, reads:

“Shall the City of Yukon, Oklahoma, incur an indebtedness by issuing registered bonds in the sum of Eighteen Million Dollars ($18,000,000) to provide funds for the purpose of constructing, equipping and acquiring property for a new sports park at the southwest corner of the intersection of Frisco Road and Highway 66, to include outdoor soccer fields, related buildings, infrastructure improvements and property acquisition (Phase I), and thereafter to the extent funds are available, construction and equipping of other athletic fields at the new sports park, to be owned exclusively by said City and completed with or without the use of other funds, and levy and collect an annual tax, in addition to all other taxes, upon all the taxable property in said City sufficient to pay the interest on said bonds as it falls due, and also to constitute a sinking fund for the payment of the principal thereof when due, said bonds to bear interest at a rate not to exceed ten percent (10%) per annum, payable semi-annually, and to become due serially within ten years from their date?”

The ballot will include the options “For the above Proposition – Yes” and “Against the above Proposition – No.”

“It’s an exciting time. If we can get this completed, it’ll be economic benefit to the city,” Crosby said.

He added that the sports park would be tying in with the water park. The gentleman hoping to open the water park is already working on the contract to purchase the land. They’ll be meeting with the architect next Friday and has already sent ideas to Crosby and other city officials.

“It’s moving forward rather quickly,” Crosby said. “Building something like Great Wolf Lodge that’ll be a showplace for the community and for the area as a whole.”

More information on the water park will be given as it’s released, but the water park and sports park would be adjacent to one another.

“It’ll be a destination area for the city,” Crosby said. “In this day and age, cities and governments aren’t doing very well. The economy is pretty tough out there. I think, in looking at it, it’ll be a great benefit to the community and we certainly hope that people will look at it.

“For our town, it’s very critical that we get this passed and move forward.”

Crosby said just as the MAPS program has helped Oklahoma City, the sports park would do the same for Yukon on a smaller scale.

The general obligation bond for the sports park is the only thing to be voted on during the special election on March 7.

The full resolution No. 2017-01 and special election proclamation and notice can be found online with the Jan. 2 agenda at www.cityofyukonok.gov/sites/yukon2/uploads/documents/CityCouncilAgendas.

Only registered voters in the City of Yukon will be able to vote.

More information about the special election will soon be released to the public.

11 Comments

  1. Charlene DeYong on January 7, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    So hope this comes to completion. A first class athletic facility will really put Yukon on the map and provide many opportunities

    • Scott Myrick on January 10, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Charlene, I couldn’t agree more. Please make sure you come out and vote on March 7th so we can make this a reality.

  2. Chris Novy on January 7, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Another boondoggle. Let’s get the city’s finances, downtown district, and traffic problems fixed before we spend a ton of money to convert the nicest part of town into another urban sprawl like Edmond. What’s next? An international airport or perhaps building a mountain range?

    • Ron Bales on February 23, 2017 at 9:54 am

      I couldn’t agree more. I keep hearing the city fathers saying how “everyone” will benefit from this sports park. Explain to me how the older folks on a fixed income will benefit from raising their property taxes. I would venture to say that less than half of the citizens will ever see or use the sports park. Our personal bank accounts will not benefit from the sports park. The city is the only one that will see any financial gain from this fiasco. They say it is “only” $133 per year on a $100,000 home. A $100,000 dollar home is a thing of the past. Most are probably in the $175,000 to $225,000 and up. They say that part of the money will be spent on resurfacing Frisco Road and making it a four lane. How about fixing Garth Brooks North of the railroad tracks first? It’s in terrible shape and has been for years, yet the traffic on that stretch of road continues to grow. Also, Taylor park is located just to the North of the tracks, but half of it sits unused. How about utilizing it for soccer fields. Now is not the time for another tax increase. Let the city take their lumps and move forward. They got themselves into this by paying $25,000 per acre and now the only way out is to force the people to pay for their mistake. Vote NO, let the city sell the property to try to get part of their money back, and move forward. DO NOT put this on the back of the citizens who are over taxed to begin with.

      • Mike Branch on February 26, 2017 at 6:08 pm

        Chris and Ron, I agree with both of you. Everyone wants our dollars. The Governor has proposed over 100 new or increase in taxes. The electric, water, gas, and other utilities want $5 here and there. It is time for an old fashion tea party when it comes to taxes. It has to stop. I have to spend within my income and our government at all levels needs to do the same.

      • Amanda Sapcutt on February 27, 2017 at 10:49 pm

        I couldn’t agree more and I have kids that would play at these facilities. Why don’t they go back to plan of private funding and donations to get this moving forward again? Irresponsible spending by our elected leaders yet again gets put on the backs of the taxpayers. To go along with Governor Fallon’s proposal of increasing taxes as well and we will all be taxed to death. Not to mention the fact that the county assesses our properties to determine valuation and this our taxes. Hmmmm….wonder if they’ll raise those 35% this year. Enough with wasteful spending. Get fiscally responsible and let the citizens spend their money privately to fuel this economy. Oh and I’d be willing to bet the project would get done more timely and efficiently than if the city is left to hire and complete as well.

  3. Mike Mclaughlin on January 10, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Lived in Yukon 30 years…
    Seen a lot of changes
    Not the quiet little community we raised our daughter in …not is surrounding cities/towns…. piedmont, mustang,
    Edmond, El Reno… even Hinton enjoying expansion and growth.
    Old words of wisdom ..”hard to stop a train”.. or “build it and they will come”
    Looks and sounds like the train is running and people waiting to come.
    What we waiting for… except money?

  4. Mike Mclaughlin on January 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    What’s moderation?
    I say it like I feel it..
    Print it or forget it.

  5. Tom Dudek on February 20, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    We voted down several years ago. If private investors want it, they can pay for it. We have enough debt from the previous city managers misappropriation of funds. Whatever happened with that debt? I’m against any new taxes for this project!

  6. Kevin Merrill on February 24, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Haven’t we already voted against this multiple times? If it is so lucrative let it pay for itself not by raising property taxes. Let your neighbors know about this election and get out and vote.

  7. Linda Kelly on February 25, 2017 at 9:27 am

    $133. per $100,000. per year is a pretty steep increase in taxes for almost anyone especially since our properties are overvalued for tax purposes as it is. Why don’t we get ourselves into a better financial situation first and expand our existing parks? We have quite a complex west of homeland that should be considered. It will undoubtedly be dificult to recoup $25,000 per acre but possible when the exit opens up. What we need to do is challange the legality of OKC’s disgusting annexation of so much of our area.

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