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November 7, 2012

Moore voters approve funding

NORMAN — After months of planning and a series of public meetings spanning Oct. 22-25, Moore voters approved two measures regarding park funding.

“We were certainly pleased to see them pass,” City Manager Stephen Eddy said late Tuesday. “They will make a tremendous difference in our community for parks and recreation.”

Eddy once characterized the measures as 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.

“The numbers were very supportive,” Eddy said. “The bond vote had a wider margin of victory than the sales tax issue.

“That was a little surprising to us,” the city manager said.

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.

“Although the margin of victory was suprising, they both were approved by comfortable margins,” Eddy said.

“We are grateful to the voters and citizens for approving the measures and the confidence they have in the city,” he said. “We’re very excited.”

The two initiatives were the result of months of planning.

“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 in a previous interview.

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.”

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