City View E-newsletter April 2017

AUGUST 28 SPECIAL ELECTION
 

In June, the City Council unanimously approved a resolution calling for a special election on August 28 to consider approval of General Obligation bonds to fund some important needs in different categories of essential city services. There will be four propositions on the ballot and you will vote on each separately.  Below is some information that may be helpful about the 2018 Bond Election.

Proposition #1 is to repair or repave 249 residential streets.  Our residents noted repair of residential streets was a priority in our last Citizen Survey.  If this proposition is approved, we will invest $15,965,000 in repairing these streets throughout our city.

Proposition #2 will fund the Phase I reconstruction of a 60 year old water booster station and replace a 70 year old underground storage tank with an above-ground storage tank.  If this proposition is approved, we will invest $5,560,000 in improving our water storage and distribution system.

Proposition #3 is for renovating four park and recreation facilities including the John Conrad Golf Course, the Reed Baseball Complex, the Mid-America Park, and the Town Center Park. Two new soccer fields, and a new multi-purpose athletic facility would also be constructed. If this proposition is approved, we will invest $21,635,000 in parks, sports and recreational facilities in our community.

Proposition #4 is for 11 Public Safety projects including a new Animal Services Center (animal shelter). It also includes new training facilities, remodeling Fire Station No. 1, new fire trucks and new equipment such as breathing apparatus and exhaust removal systems. Other projects are public safety radio replacement, new tornado sirens, and improvements to the 9-1-1 Call Center. If this proposition is approved, we will invest $10,490,000 in animal welfare and public safety in our city.

Voting Information – You can find a list of polling places, a sample ballot, and other voter information on the website of the Oklahoma County Election Board at https://www.oklahomacounty.org/388/Election-Board. To get started, click Online Voter Tool on the left side of the page. According to the Oklahoma County Election Board's website, August 3 is the last day to register to vote in the August 28 election.

How General Obligation Bonds Work
A General Obligation (GO) bond is a low-risk loan that cities frequently use to fund capital improvement projects. GO bonds give cities a tool to raise funds for projects that don’t provide direct sources of revenue – such as roads, parks, and equipment. These bonds typically fund projects that serve the entire community.

The 25 year GO bonds would 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.  For example, a homeowner with a net assessed home value of $100,000 would see an increase of about $8 to $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.)

Further information on the General Obligation Bond Issue can be found on the City’s website at www.midwestcityok.org.

PUBLIC SAFETY NEWS


Three additional police officers were recently hired as a result of voter approval of the ¾ cent sales tax last October. The new officers are currently in training and will be out on our streets following their state certification training and their field officer training here in our City.

Last year City management and the Midwest City Council commissioned two independent studies – one for the police department and one for the fire department – to make sure our public safety departments were staffed at the efficient and appropriate levels for our community. The studies recommended six new police officers over three years, and three additional fire fighters.

Your approval of the additional sales tax enabled us to hire the three new police officers in this fiscal year.  Next fiscal year (FY 2019-20) we will hire the three additional fire fighters. Over the next two fiscal years, we will add the three additional police officers. 
  
Thank you for your support of public safety in Midwest City!
 

Midwest Summer Fest!

The Second Annual Summer Fest at Charles J. Johnson Central Park in Town Center Plaza at 29th and Mid-America Boulevard continues in August and September. The free, family-friendly event includes food trucks, yard games and inflatables.

August 3, the outdoor movie is Wall-E and the live band is Vibro Kings.

September 7, the movie is Back to the Future and the band is Midas 13. There will also be an entertainer, Michael King, strolling through the park juggling, performing magic and more!

The fun begins at 7 p.m. and ends at approximately 11 p.m. Lawn chairs, blankets, ice chests and pets are welcome!

MID-AMERICA STREET FEST COMING IN OCTOBER


Save the date for the Mid-America Street Fest on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This fall festival is a family-friendly day of fun with carnival games, music, food and more!

The street fest will be at the Charles J. Johnson Central Park in the Town Center Plaza at 29th and Mid-America Boulevard. Along with carnival games and rides, there will be a Safari petting zoo, Pioneer Pony rides, a children’s tent, Boy Scouts’ Monkey Bridge, shopping, and food trucks.

Live entertainment will feature New Times Zones, Richelle Sigrist, The Mystery Dates, New Shoes Band, and Amanda Cunningham
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The Mid-America Street Fest is free with nominal fees for the carnival games, rides and pony rides. Food trucks will have a variety of food for sale.
Mark the date on your calendar and plan to join us on October 13!

First wall of the new Warren Theater going up.

WARREN THEATER

The first wall of the new Warren Theater went up this week! The theater is located in the Sooner Road Shopping Center. It is anticipated to open in the spring of 2019.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

If you or someone you know is looking for new employment opportunities, please go to: https://midwestcityok.org/jobs.aspx

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