GO bond proposal tabled at council meeting

GO bond proposal tabled at council meeting

A Capital Improvement Projects Committee was created Aug. 5 at the Jenks City Council meeting to help tackle several projects that required capital funding to complete.

Several city council members and other city officials make up the CIC committee and worked on preparing a proposal to the city council at the Tuesday meeting that if approved would allow the General Obligation bond to be put on the November ballot to be voted on by the citizens of Jenks.

However, after several concerns raised by other city council members not on the capital projects committee and numerous discussions about the process being rushed, the proposal was tabled by Jenks Mayor Robert Lee Tuesday.

The GO Bond would have included $13,300,000.00 to construct, reconstruct, improve and repair streets; $3,075,000.00 to provide funds for the purpose of constructing and equipping a fire station building and facilities and acquiring furniture, fixtures and equipment for the station; $3,075,000.00 to provide funds for the purpose of constructing and equipping a community center building and facilities and acquiring furniture, fixtures and equipment for the new center; $825,000.00 to provide funds for the purpose of constructing and equipping an animal control building and facilities and acquiring furniture, fixtures and equipment for the building.

City council members Kaye Lynn, Cory Box and Craig Murray all voiced concerns for the speed of which the bond proposal was put together, but all also thanked the committee for their hard and fast work to get it done in a timely manner.

Mayor Lee said he feels like it was the right decision to table the bond proposal and wants to hear feedback from city council members and Jenks citizens if there are any objections throughout the process.

Jenks City Manager Chris Shrout said ultimately it was the right move to not rush the process and make sure they hear input from all city council members and all citizens who wish to give it. He said it was the goal of the committee to get this proposal done, so they could get it on the November ballot, but ran out of time to have public meetings and the right decision was made.

Kyle Salomon

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