Voters To Decide On Oklahoma City Parks Tax Tuesday
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City voters will vote Tuesday for a permanent 1/8 cent sales tax.
If passed it would generate an estimated $15 million a year for Oklahoma City parks.
Supporters say the tax would help with maintenance, improvements and programming like athletic leagues and classes. They also say it would help combat budget cuts, which typically target parks toward the top of the list.
City officials say for this initiative they've stayed out of it, and it's mostly been a citizen led effort.
“If it was needed, we would be pushing it” Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said. “It’s entirely up to the voters to decide if that's something they want to pay more for. I mean, you can always spend more money, you know.”
This tax would not include Scissortail Park or Myriad Botanical Gardens which are operated by non-governmental foundations.
When looking at other cities that are comparable to the size of Oklahoma City: Portland, Oregon's parks and recreation budget is up near $94 million a year. Las Vegas on the lower end at $27 million.