YUKON ATHLETIC COMPLEX – MARCH 7 BOND ELECTION – What’s your vote?
March 7th –YUKON, Oklahoma
Yukon residents overwhelmingly voted against a sports park bond Tuesday night, according to unofficial election results.
According to results, 73 percent of voters voted against the $18 million sports park bond that would have have built a Yukon sports complex at the corner of Frisco Road and Route 66.
The City of Yukon purchased the land. If the bond passed, the city planned to use $3 million of the bond to pay off the land investment.
Since the bond was voted down, the land remains the property of Yukon.
Yukon Athletic Complex construction and its future keeps bringing more controversy. On March 7 the YUKON OK residents will have a chance to vote and determine its fate.
The proposed complex would be located at the corner of Frisco Road and Route 66.
The sticker price to start the project is $18,000,000, however, the proposal how the bond is going to be funded created a lot controversy among Yukon OK residents.
City of Yukon financial crisis and precarious financial situation are the main concerns.
Is this the right time?
We also have another bond coming – Yukon Public Schools Bond 2017.
Below are opinions of a few Yukon residents:
“I am voting NO. It will raise my property taxes. the city of Yukon has been irresponsible with our money and this vote should not be financed only by property owners”.
“People will come, they’ll stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants, we could garner about a half million dollars a year in sales tax just for hosting a few tournaments here,” said Yukon City Manager Jim Crosby. “Our children will be able to play here even adults can come here and have a nice facility to utilize.”
“Sales tax I think would be something that would be a nice alternative, something that people could choose to pay,” said Yukon resident Brian White. “Property tax, if you own property, you don’t have a choice to pay it. It’s not that I’m against kids playing soccer and having something to do, what I don’t like is how it’s being funded.”
“What happened to not raising taxes to build this park? Just a year ago it was promised that there would be no tax increases but clearly that’s no longer the case to help pay for the Bonds. This is unacceptable. There’s a better way to improve our fields and draw people in to Yukon. Putting on the backs of taxpayers and claiming that it will only benefit Yukon is not fiscally responsible.”
“We voted down several years ago. If private investors want it, they can pay for it. We have enough debt from the previous city managers misappropriation of funds. Whatever happened with that debt? I’m against any new taxes for this project!”
“So hope this comes to completion. A first class athletic facility will really put Yukon on the map and provide many opportunities”.
So there you have it, my Dear Reader, YUKON ATHLETIC COMPLEX – MARCH 7 BOND ELECTION.
Is this the right time to move on with the project and impose more taxes on property owners? Let me know how you feel about it ..
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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