City Council calls for CIP, GO Bond elections

February 5, 2020

Bartlesville voters will decide the outcome of two elections this April that would, if approved, provide funding for several capital projects citywide, including street and bridge repairs, equipment for City employees and improvements to existing parks and recreation facilities.

The City Council voted 5-0 Monday to officially call for election on April 7 when voters will decide passage of General Obligation Bond Issue funding and a proposed extension of the existing half-cent Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) sales tax. Both are used to fund the city’s capital projects.

During a meeting last month, the council selected several projects to put before voters utilizing $16.4 million in G.O. Bond funding and a projected $13.7 million in CIP funds.

The half-cent CIP sales tax has been in effect since 2008 and has been approved by voters every five to seven years since that time. Voter approval of the G.O. Bond funding, which is derived from ad valorem (property) tax, would not increase taxes for Bartlesville residents but rather keep the City’s mil levy at 15, as existing bonds will expire before new bonds are issued.

A partial list of projects voters will consider include:

  • 95-foot tower/ladder fire truck
  • Bridge rehabilitations for the Tuxedo Bridges over Caney River and for Sunset Boulevard over Butler Creek
  • GPS/camera (chalkless) parking enforcement system
  • Central Fire Station roof replacement
  • Numerous street upgrades and repairs
  • Lighting for Robinwood Park Soccer Fields
  • Sunset Pathfinder extension and pedestrian bridge
  • Upgrades to Johnstone Park ring road, construction of a roundabout in the park, and improvements to park access drives and angled parking
  • New basketball courts with a Gaga ball pit at the former Oak Park School
  • Parking lot upgrades at Sooner Park and Jo Allyn Lowe Park
  • Douglass Park shelter
  • Security lighting in parks
  • Pickleball courts at Johnstone Park
  • Greens rebuild (nine of 18 holes) at Adams Golf Course
  • Body-worn cameras for police
  • Vehicle replacement including police emergency vehicles
  • Several mowers and various equipment for the Parks Department and Adams Golf Course
  • City Hall boiler, cooling tower and window replacement and roof repair
  • Numerous street repairs and reconstruction
  • Downtown landscape improvements
  • Pathfinder Parkway improvements
  • Sooner Pool and Frontier Pool epoxy repairs
  • Parking lot improvements at Douglass Park and Lee Lake
  • Replacement of shade structures at Sooner and Frontier pools
  • Bartlesville Community Center security system replacement and new speaker system

For complete lists of proposed projects voters will consider in the April 7 election, see GO Bond Project List 2020 and CIP Project List 2020. Additionally, look for detailed information about the projects and election FAQ in upcoming editions of City Beat.