SAND SPRINGS, Okla. - Sand Springs has three propositions on next Tuesday's ballot, and if approved, they would bring about some major changes to the city.
Proposition 1, for $11.4 million, would build a new combined police and fire station, and would include some improvements to a second fire station.
The second proposition would tear down the old fire station and repurpose the space at city hall currently used by the police station.
The property where the old fire station stands would be used for a new downtown parking lot, which would be free parking and help ease congestion during large events.
Proposition 2 is for $735,000.
The third proposition, $2.365 million, would build two new splash parks, and fund improvements to the museum, the Keystone Ancient Forest, the city golf course, and other city facilities.
The money would come in the form of general obligation bonds, which would increase property taxes about $129 annually on a $100,000 home, according to City Manager Rocky Rogers.
"We're just asking folks to get out and exercise their right as citizens of Sand Springs to vote," he told KRMG.
The bond obligation would last 20 years.
However, in three years, Rogers said, some old general obligation bonds will be retired, which will help ease the tax burden on property owners.
"We recognize that there are some folks out there that don't like increases to their property tax," he added. "The $129 represents about a postage stamp a day for that person who owns a $100,000 home. We feel like that's a good investment for the community to help trigger some economic development and help draw some economic development to Sand Springs."
If Propositions 1 and 2 don't both pass, he said, "we would delay doing one or the other until we can fund either one of those."