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August 5, 2013

City Council approves $36 million in upgrades; Voters will have final say

STILLWATER, Okla. — The city of Stillwater will ask residents to turn dollars into millions at the ballot box Nov. 12.

City Manager Dan Galloway proposed a capital improvement plan to city councilors at Monday’s meeting. The plan contains three different packages that will help improve the “quality of life in Stillwater,” Galloway said.

The cost of the five-year plan is approximately $36 million, which will be funded through bond issues. The bonds will be repaid by increases in property taxes and sales taxes. Voters will go to the polls Nov. 12 to approve a reject a half-cent increase in the sales tax dedicated to street improvements and property tax increases that will add $90 to the property taxes on a $100,000 home in Stillwater.

The tax increases will fund a sports complex with 16 to 18 softball/baseball fields and 16 soccer fields, an amphitheater at Boomer Lake, relocating Fire Station No. 2 to Western Road, upgrade the police department's fleet of vehicles, redesign and improve the city's communications system and improve city streets and other public transportation-related projects.

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