Moving Forward Bond Issue 2018
Voters Approve Four Propositions for Quality of Life Projects in MWC
To fund needed improvements in our community, the Midwest City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for a Special Election for citizens to vote on four propositions. On August 28, voters approved all four of the propositions that will meet important needs in different categories of essential city services: streets, water, parks and recreation and public safety. (For more information on each of the four propositions, click on the tabs below.)
Voter approval of the propositions authorized the City to issue General Obligation Bonds in the amount approved for all of the projects within each proposition.
Proposition #1 is to repair or repave 249 residential streets. Midwest City residents noted repair of residential streets as a priority in the last Citizen Survey.
We will be investing $15,965,000 in repairing 249 residential streets throughout the community.
Proposition #2 funds the Phase I reconstruction of a 60-year old water booster station and replaces a 70-year old underground storage tank with an above-ground storage tank. (Above-ground storage tank shown below.)
We will be investing $5,560,000 in our water storage and distribution system.
Proposition #3 includes six projects:
- Renovate the John Conrad Golf Course
- Renovate the Reed Baseball Complex
- Add two new soccer fields
- Build a new multi-purpose athletic facility
- Renovate and improve Mid-America Park
- Renovate and revitalize Town Center Park
We will be investing $21,635,000 in parks, recreation and sports facilities in the community.
Proposition #4 includes 11 projects:
- Build new Animal Welfare Center (rendering shown)
- Build Police/Fire training facility
- Add two new Fire trucks
- Build Fire tactical training building
- Replace Fire self-contained breathing apparatus equipment
- Replace Fire hoses, nozzles, mobile air, and command vehicle
- Remodel Fire Station 1
- Add fire Fire Station exhaust removal systems
- Replace Police and Fire radio replacement, and add another tower site
- Replace tornado sirens, and add two new siren locations
- Improve and update the 9-1-1 Call Center
We will be investing $10,490,000 in equipment, training facilities, and technology to help us provide quick response to calls for assistance. A new Animal Services Center is going to enable us to provide humane care for the animals and increase adoptions at the City's shelter.
Why General Obligation Bonds?
A General Obligation (GO) Bond is a low-risk loan that cities frequently use to fund capital improvement projects. The City Council views GO Bond projects as an investment in the future of our community. Many of these projects don't have fees or other sources of revenue associated with them so it is difficult to fund development, replacement, and maintenance.
Without using bonds, funding for these projects would have to come from our general fund revenues, which rely heavily on sales taxes. Unfortunately, our sales tax revenues have been flat for a number of years. After we meet our operational needs each year, there is very little left for these types of quality-of-life projects that make the community a desirable place to live.
How The General Obligation Bonds Are Repaid
The 25-year GO Bonds will be repaid by raising property taxes for residential and non-residential properties in our city. The increases are based on the property's market value.
Example: A property owner with a net assessed value of $100,000 will see an increase in property taxes of about $8-$9 per month, or about $100 per year. (There may be additional tax benefits for those who qualify. You can check with your tax consultant for more information.)
If you have questions about any of the projects, you can contact the City Manager's office at 739-1204 or 739-1202.