9/20/2013 1:32:00 PM City hosting forums to discuss ballot propositions
By Van Mitchell
To help Stillwater residents learn more about the propositions on the upcoming Nov. 12 bond election, the City of Stillwater is hosting a public forum Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4-6 p.m. at the Stillwater Community Center, located at 315 West Eighth Avenue, Room 121.
Another public forum is scheduled for Oct. 24. Stillwater Mayor John Bartley said residents will be able to meet one-on-one with various city officials to discuss the three propositions.
The public forum will be a come-and-go event styled like a school or job fair with multiple information booths staffed by city administrators who are will be able to answer questions.
"We will have representatives from the fi re department, police department, emergency communications, parks and rec, transportation, finance and city manager there so they can get from the horses mouths what is the impact and what is the need for these projects," Bartley said.
The following are the three propositions voters will head to the polls for: Proposition 1: Sports Facility and Boomer Lake Park Improvements The issuance of $20 million sports facility and Boomer Lake Park improvement bonds and notes and the levy of a tax sufficient to pay for the bonds and notes.
Proposition 2: Public Safety Facilities and Equipment The issuance of $7.5 million for public safety improvements bonds and the levy of a tax suffi cient to pay for the bonds and notes. It includes information about the police fleet, Fire Station No. 2 and emergency service voice and data communication systems.
Proposition 3: Transportation Sales Tax Authorization that the current one-half percent sales tax dedicated to specific transportation projects will be repealed and replaced with a new, perpetual onecent sales tax dedicated to transportation and mobility issues.
Stillwater City Manager Dan Galloway said the forum is designed to give residents a chance to learn about the issues and voice their opinions.
"We want residents to have facts, so they can make an informed decision when they vote," Galloway said. "The propositions concern big issues: transportation needs and public safety issues and quality of life.
Citizens have the right to understand what approval of the propositions mean, the financial impact will be and how each proposals affects the community." Bartley concurred.
"I want them to come away with the knowledge they want and they need so they can determine how they want to vote," Bartley said.
For more information residents may download facts sheets that explain about each proposition from the city's website at http:// stillwater.org/government/2013bond.php