Oklahoma City voters are eligible to participate in a special election onSept. 12 to consider bond and sales tax initiatives.The general obligation bond package includes a proposition to support our libraries.Be informed on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Included in the bond election:
In February of 2013, the Almonte Library opened in a leased store front in the Almonte Shopping Center after realizing the need for a library in the community. Funds from the bond will provide a new, permanent home for the library which will include more meeting and study spaces, more computers and a multipurpose computer lab as well as an engaging children's and teen area.
To meet the current and future needs of the community, bond funds will be used for a 7,000 SF expansion to the Ralph Ellison Library and a 12,000 SF expansion at the Belle Isle Library. Both children's and teen rooms will be updated, and the additional space will be used for digital media creation, a makerspace, computer labs, and collaborative group study/work rooms.
A renovation will replace the skylights, repair the roof and will update the technology throughout the building. Additionally, it will increase seating and add creative work spaces for entrepreneurs, writers, designers, and students of all subjects.
The ballot also includes funding to invest in rebuilding and improving OKC's streets, bridges, sidewalks, bike lanes, and more. Additional funding will hire 57 more Oklahoma City Fire Department firefighters and build a joint training center with the Oklahoma City Police Department. Visit okc.gov/BetterSafer for more information.
The $967 million general obligation bond package uses property tax revenue to fund basic infrastructure needs. The package would succeed the $835.5 million program approved in 2007, which is almost complete.
The City millage rate is proposed to remain at or below 16 mills, as it has been since the 1980s.
Additional Information on the Election