Hearing from the Owner’s Box

Hearing from the Owner’s Box

Hello Jenks, America!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week here in our great community.

The weather in the Jenks area this week has been rollercoaster ride with the first part of the week being warm before the middle to late part of the week turning to the frigid temperatures with even some winter mix precipitation coming into play.

There are many exciting things happening right now, but the bond issues for the Jenks Public School district and the City of Jenks have taken center stage.

First, the voters that reside in the Jenks Public Schools district will have a chance to let their voices be heard Tuesday when they vote on the new bond issue for Jenks Public Schools, which is set at roughly $12,500,000.

The JPS bond issue covers more classroom space, facility improvements, additional security technology, etc.

Whether you are for or against the bond issue, it is important to let your voice be heard and that is through voting, so be sure to make some time Tuesday to get out and cast your vote for the Jenks Public Schools bond issue.

Second, the Jenks City Council approved the general obligation bond resolution put before them Tuesday at the City Council Meeting.

This means that City of Jenks residents will have a chance to decide if they truly want road-system improvements in Jenks or not.

That vote will be on the ballot in April.

This general obligation bond will be set at $20,500,000 and include only road and infrastructure improvements in south Jenks, west Jenks, and the downtown area of Jenks.

The improvements to south Jenks roads will include the completion of the widening of south Elm Street from 111th Street to 131st Street and engineering done for improvements made to Elwood Ave. from 91st Street to 121st Street.

The improvements to west Jenks will include completion and engineering for 111th Street from Elwood Ave. to U.S. Highway 75.

The downtown area improvements will include completion on Main Street from Date Street to 1st Street and completion on Birch Street from Main Street to Veterans Drive.

The other area that the potential bond will cover is the engineering for improvements made on 106th Street from Elm Street to the River District. If approved and completed, this will allow another entrance and exit to and from the Simon Premium Outlet Mall, which is currently under construction.

The estimated rise in property tax in Jenks for the taxpayers will be roughly $46 per $100,000 property owned, meaning if you own a $300,000 house, your property tax will raise $138 annually.

I want to personally commend the City of Jenks City Council and the City of Jenks staff for working tirelessly to get these bond items organized and completed in time for the Jenks residents to vote on in April.

I strongly encourage Jenks residents to stay informed through the Jenks Tribune throughout the next two months as we break down this bond issue piece by piece and give a descriptive view on how each of these bond items will help the City of Jenks in the short and long run for our city.

Well, that is all for today folks.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the Jenks Tribune.

Kyle Salomon

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