Special election set for 20 million dollar bond for Durant road repairs

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- Durant residents will get to vote yes or no to a twenty million dollar bond for road repairs and other infrastructure needs.

The thumping sound of cars going over potholes and broken roads is all too familiar for Durant drivers. In fact, according to a recent survey the City sent out to about two-thousand residents, 88 percent of the locals said they were unhappy with city streets.

In an effort to fix that, almost three-fourths of the 20 million dollar bond would go towards street repairs on:
Main Street, from 21st Street east toward the railroad tracks;
Washington Street, from W. Main to University;
Radio Road, from Main Street to Shamrock;
and University Street from Westside Drive to 49th Street.

"Offering the citizens an opportunity to step up and consider how we're going to pay for it," said Mayor Jerry Tomlinson.

The Durant Mayor explains city revenue in Oklahoma is dependent upon sales tax and utility revenue... but this bond would be a temporary property tax, called a "General Obligation Bond". In Durant's case, it would cost property owners about 97 dollars per year for a one-hundred thousand dollar home for the next 15 years.

"It's really a property tax ad valor em, a property tax consideration," said Tomlinson. "There's a significant cost to this and there's a significant cost if we delay."

About a quarter of the bond would go towards other infrastructure repairs like mill and overlay of approximately 400-500 city blocks, about 30 miles worth of streets. As well as landscaping, drainage, lighting and sidewalks, which has been a hazard for many years according to this woman.

"I tripped on the broken sidewalk and cut my lip open so it's dangerous," said Durant resident Cecelia Cacace. "The part of the road where the cement meets the road, there's potholes and everything so it's very inconvenient."

The bond special election is scheduled for June 26, 2018.

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