HEARING FROM THE OWNER’S BOX: Great job, Jenks!
I want to personally thank the citizens of Jenks for getting out Tuesday and letting your voices be heard.
Not only did we pass this bond issue, but nearly 3,000 people voted on this bond issue, which is more than usual.
Whether you voted yes or no, you made it a priority to let your voice be heard because you care about this community and you care about the future of the City of Jenks.
Getting more than 71% of the vote makes it very clear to the leaders of Jenks that its residents are ready for better roads and that is exactly what this bond issue covers.
The bond issue totals $20.5 million and covers four areas that need heavy improvements. Yes, your taxes will go up for the next 20 years with the passing of this bond, but I believe they will be dollars well spent for a better way of life here in Jenks.
For the first year, your taxes will rise $75 per $100,000 in property ownership and after that it will be $46 per $100,000 in property ownership. In other words, if you own a $200,000 piece of property, you will pay an extra $150 in property taxes the first year and an extra $92 per year the following years.
Here are the projects that your tax dollars will be purchasing to ensure your city makes improvements:
The big chunk of the $20.5 bond issue is the $16 million designated for the widening of south Elm Street. The improvements made from the Creek Turnpike to 111th Street on Elm Street are outstanding and extending that to 131st Street would make life much easier for people that live in south Jenks and for businesses, who are interested in building in the southern parts of the city.
The $2 million designated for engineering done to widen Elwood Avenue from 91st Street to 121st Street is a step in the right direction. As Elm Street continues to attract more attention, Elwood Avenue becomes more popular as well. Widening Elwood Avenue would be a major step for the future of Jenks.
The $1 million designated for the construction of Main Street from Date Street to the railroad that would include drainage from Birch Avenue to Veteran’s Park Pond is something that is sorely needed. Have you ever driven through downtown Jenks during a rainstorm? I have and it is not fun. Drainage improvements are needed in a major way and this is a start to that process.
Finally, with all the excitement surrounding the outlet mall coming to Jenks, there is one area that needs addressed as the construction on the facility has commenced. We need another entrance and exit into the area and the $1 million designated for the engineering of 106th Street going east from Elm Street is a start that is needed. The outlet mall will attract many people coming into the Jenks area and more roads, entrances and exits in that space are things that will be vital to its success.
This bond issue passing was not just a vote for better roads here in Jenks. This was a vote for a better, more improved Jenks.
Thank you, citizens for stepping up to the plate and making this happen!
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