2018 General Obligation Bond
City to present pre-final GO Bond package list; seeks final public input
The City of Broken Arrow will hold the next public meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, April 23, at Stoney Creek Conference Center, 200 W. Albany St., regarding the Build Our Future BA General Obligation (GO) Bond package.
This is an important meeting for residents to attend before Council approves the final package in May. Voters will later decide on the bond package August 28, 2018.
The City previously held three public meetings in February to learn residents’ priorities for proposed projects totaling nearly $280 million. In order to keep the ad valorem (property) tax rate the same, the City must bring the final package down to around $210 million.
“There were some very difficult decisions to make to reduce the proposed project list,” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “Without a doubt, every project on that preliminary list deserved to be on there because the investments made to infrastructure have a direct effect on the economy and quality of life in our community. Thanks to the feedback we received in February, both at the public meetings and by residents directly contacting the City and the Council, we were able to identify many projects that are a major priority for the people that live in Broken Arrow.”
A total of 94 projects remain on the pre-final list, including:
- Widen Houston (81st) St from Garnett to Aspen
- Widen 23rd St (County Line) from Omaha (51st) to Albany (61st) St
- Improve intersections at 9th St (Lynn Lane)
- Improve drainage in neighborhoods
- Construct Fire Station No. 7
- Construct meeting center for veterans
- Construct Senior Citizen Center annex facility
Residents attend bond meetings
Over 300 residents attended public meetings held at South BA Baptist Church, Battle Creek and Forest Ridge Golf Clubs in late February - to shape the 2018 General Obligation Bond renewal package. The new bonds, should they be approved by voters, will NOT raise taxes. With your feedback, we will put together a final list for Council to review.
This GO bond will not increase taxes in the City of Broken Arrow!
The City of Broken Arrow has a long history of promises kept and being good stewards of funding for projects. Renewing the Broken Arrow GO Bond means the citizens will benefit from these new projects such as streets, public safety, and parks -- with no tax increase.
Broken Arrow continues to grow at a faster rate than any city in Oklahoma, and is fortunate to remain on a growth trajectory in both population and businesses. As the City continues to grow in families and employers, it is critical to aggressively pursue long-term projects to ensure the City’s infrastructure is able to meet the needs of both.
The election is scheduled for August 28, 2018.