Infrastructure improvements at stake in Tuesday's bond issue 

A major bond issue to help with the city's infrastructure and an open city council seat will be decided by voters on Tuesday.

Oklahoma City residents will vote on whether to approve an $835.5 million bond package that would go toward improving:
" roads,
" libraries,
" parks and
" bridges.

The bond issue is broken into 11 propositions, on which voters must choose "yes" or "no."

"When you go to the polls, you have to continue to vote 'yes' again and again," said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, the bond issue's strongest supporter. "It's not one 'yes' and done."

Proposition 1, nearly half a billion dollars, is mainly dedicated for the resurfacing, widening and rebuilding of more than 750 miles of city streets, as well as construction of 350 miles of sidewalks and trails.

Proposition 2, $19.76 million, covers the repair and rebuilding of 17 of the city's bridges.

Proposition 3, $23.59 million, would go for improving traffic control systems throughout the city.

Proposition 4, $32.855 million, would continue drainage updates the city has worked on through previous bond issues.

Proposition 5, $89.755 million, would go toward Oklahoma City's parks and recreational facilities.

Proposition 6, $15 million, would fund three new fire stations and rebuild two stations.

Proposition 7, $41.2 million, would renovate the police headquarters in downtown Oklahoma City, build a briefing station in the southwest part of town and a new detoxification facility.

Proposition 8, $12.845 million, would be used to improve some of the city's libraries.

Proposition 9, $20.165 million, would make improvements to the Central Maintenance Facility at S.W. 15th Street and Portland Avenue.

Proposition 10, $7.84 million, would purchase new transit buses as well as wheelchair-accessible vans.

Proposition 11, $75 million, would be used to create economic incentives for job growth in Oklahoma City.

City officials said the bond package, if passed, would not raise taxes since it would replace an existing tax from previous bond issues. A simple majority is needed for approval of each proposition. "Scott Cooper


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