Much at stake in the upcoming Sand Springs bond issue

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 11/06/2013 12:20 am Published: 11/06/2013 12:17 am

Some local city leaders, tired of being behind the times, say they're trying to put their town back on the map, but that will cost some money.

Sand Springs residents will vote on a bond issue next Tuesday.

There is a lot at stake with the vote.

Even on a dreary day Dessa Purdue made it to River City Park for her walk. She's lived in sand springs her in entire life.

"It's a nice town, but there's not very much to do," Purdue said. "If you want to do something or hang out with friends you have to go to another town like Tulsa or Owasso."

Growth has to start somewhere though.

City manager Rocky Rogers knows Sand Springs has fallen behind other communities, but he says passing the $14.5 million bond next Tuesday would create change.

"It would basically lift the image of Sand Springs somewhat. One of the ways to start is with our public facilities and with our parks and recreation," he said.

That's where part of the money would go.

If the bond passes two splash pads will be built, one on each side of town.

Purdue is up for the idea. She's a babysitter.

"They would love it," she said. "It just gives you something else to do."

It would also fund some new playground equipment at already established parks and renovate park bathrooms and concession stands.

The second part of the bond caters to public safety, providing a brand new shared fire and police station.

Chiefs from both entities say the space is needed.

They showed FOX23 around their stations.

The police station is still housed in City Hall, which was built in the 1930s. Space is so limited, police are forced to put records, evidence and even an office in the basement.

The fire station is crowded as well.

"This bay is completely full," Chief Mike Wood said. "We physically have to move apparatus to get other apparatus out."

However, all of this does come with a price.

Sand springs homeowners would see property taxes go up nearly $130 per year, depending on the cost of the house.

They'll decide next Tuesday whether that money would be well spent.

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