Bixby 2016 Bond Package Information

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Street repair, traffic flow improvements and drainage are on the ballot this August 23rd in Bixby. Voters will face four critical ballot proposals that would generate $18 million for a safety-themed 2016 Bond Package that funds street and drainage infrastructure, as well for public safety equipment, Lake Bixhoma and Bentley Park improvements.

The proposals are all part of a bond investment initiative that was approved by Bixby City councilors in early July.

“It’s time to renew our commitment to our city through needed infrastructure improvements,” said Bixby Mayor, John Easton. “Bixby is a wonderful place to call home, and these proposals touch every area of our city. I encourage every citizen to learn about these proposals, call or contact your councilor if you have questions or want to discuss the issues, and exercise your right to vote on August 23rd.”

The new bond returns the property tax rate to the same approved millage rate from the 2006 and 2011 bond issues –13.5 mills (or $135/year for each $100,000 of assessed property value.) Currently, the City’s portion of the ad valorem (property tax) is 12.3 mills or $123/year for each $100,000 of assessed property value. So, the net impact will be $12 per year (or $1/month) for each $100,000 of assessed property value. For example, a homeowner whose home has an assessed value of $250,000 would pay $30 more per year in property tax, or would pay the same rate as in 2011 for similarly valued property.

The benefits of the bond package, say officials, include improved roadways and drainage systems, having the right fire equipment at the right time, improved police training facilities, and improved quality of life in Bixby.

Proposition 1 funds $975,000 to improve drainage in Bixby, primarily adjacent to and south of 161st Street. Reducing dangerous flooding in that area keeps citizens who live there and people who drive through the area safer, and it also reduces the need for emergency water rescues.

Proposition 2 funds $4. 215 million public safety projects, including:
• Purchasing and installing property security camera system for city facilities and property.
• Moving, re-installing and improving the police gun range to land in a less populated area.
• Replacing two fire engines to reduce maintenance costs and increase equipment reliability on aging equipment, and purchase one ladder truck to add firefighting capacity.

Proposition 3 funds $11.835 million for street repair. Projects include acquiring, designing, constructing, reconstructing, extending, enlarging, improving and repairing the following streets in Bixby:

• 131st between Memorial and Mingo (includes work to improve drainage and eliminate street flooding)
• 131st between Sheridan and Memorial
• 121st between Memorial and 85th E. Ave.
• Harvard Ave. and 151st Street intersection and approaches
• 111th St. between Memorial and 86th E. Ave.

Proposition 4 funds $975,000 for renovating and beautifying public parks and parklands, along with cultural and recreation facilities. Projects include purchasing, designing, constructing, equipping, improving, extending, renovating, repairing and beautifying the following areas in Bixby:
• Bentley Park—Add paved parking spaces and grass overflow lots.
• Bentley Park—Redevelop existing rodeo arena area into two multi-use athletic fields, for example: football, rugby, lacrosse, others.
• Bixhoma Lake—Improve on and add lake access areas and facilities.

“This bond package is very comprehensive and was put together after significant public input,” said Bixby City Manager, Jared Cottle. “Safety is the theme, and if passed, this bond will provide specific equipment needs for our Police and Fire Departments, address flooding issues, improve routes to schools, expand busy intersections, add more parking within Bentley Park, and improve access to and around Lake Bixhoma.”

View the slides from the Public Meeting, August 16th
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View or Download the Summer 2016 City Newsletter

What Will It Cost?

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Questions? Contact your Councilor
Please exercise your right to vote on August 23rd. Preview the ballot language






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On Tuesday, June 21st, Bixby police, per current city protocols in a large-scale animal rescue, requested the free help of the Tulsa Humane Society to rescue more than 60 animals. The Humane Society deployed a specially trained mobile rescue team including handlers, registration and medical assessment, and a large bus to transport all of the animals at once to an emergency shelter set up in Bixby at 133rd and Memorial, where rescued animals can be adopted.

BPD officers have trained with the Humane Society for these types of situations where the safety of officers, animals, and the evidence in the investigation of animal-related complaints are important. For those reasons, when a large-scale rescue must be done, the Humane Society is the agency partner, regardless of the day-to-day animal shelter used. One arrest on a complaint of animal cruelty has been made.

The rescued animals are in a donated building in Bixby, near 133rd & Memorial, under the care of the Humane Society. As each animal is medically and emotionally cleared to be adopted, it is made available for adoption.

For an ongoing animal shelter for day-to-day animal control within Bixby, the City is working on specifications to accept proposals for an animal shelter provider. Currently, animals picked up by animal control are taken to a no-kill shelter in Sand Springs. “If we had a shelter in Bixby, it would be easier for citizens to locate lost pets or to adopt a new pet,” Ike Shirley, Chief of Police in Bixby, said.

Since an animal shelter is a contracted service for the city, and requires the expenditure of taxpayer dollars, there is a mandated process to follow to make the change. “Because the contracted service amount for a shelter is likely to be more than $10,000 annually, the Bixby City Charter and related purchasing ordinances specify that we must utilize Open Market Procedures… meaning the City must ‘solicit at least three (3) written bids, via mail, e-mail or fax, for competitive market quotations and the purchase shall then be awarded to the lowest and best bidder.’ Bixby Code, Section 2‑4‑7(A)(3),” Jared Cottle, City Manager of Bixby, said.

“We encourage all citizens to ensure their pets are tagged, so that lost pets can be reunited with their owners, and remind everyone to spay or neuter your pets,” he said.




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