Mayor John Bartley Talks About the 11.12.13 Election

Mayor John Bartley
Mayor John Bartley

The City of Stillwater has called a special election for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 to let us decide if we want to spend our tax dollars on certain city projects. Stillwater Mayor John Bartley, a proponent of these ballot measures, has agreed to come talk to us this Thursday, October 10th at 7 p.m. at our headquarters, 302 N. Main in Stillwater at 7 p.m., and answer questions about these three propositions on the ballot:

  • A $20 million bond issue that would use $15 million for a sports facility at Sangre and Richmond along with $5 million for an amphitheater and other improvements at Boomer Lake. For homeowners with a $100,000 house, this averages to about $54 a year.
  • A $7.5 million bond issue that would build a new fire station for OSU, including a new fire engine, a vehicle for every Stillwater police officer — roughly double the current number of vehicles — and upgrades to emergency communication systems. This will average to about $36 per year for homeowners with a $100,000 house.
  • The third item on the ballot would eliminate a temporary one-half percent sales tax — set to expire in 2016 — that was for specific road projects and replace it with a permanent one percent sales tax dedicated to transportation needs such as road and bridge repairs, traffic signal maintenance, sign replacement and sidewalk repairs.

Too often eligible voters miss the trees because of the forest and then complain about it later. You really have no right to complain if you don’t do the research, determine where you stand, and then participate in the elections. This is an opportunity for you to come out and hear the Mayor’s position on these ballot items and then decide for yourself if it’s where you want to spend your money. Doors open at 6:30 p.m and the meeting starts at 7 p.m. sharp.

Here are some important dates related to this election:

  • Last day to register: Oct 18, 2013
  • Last day to vote by absentee ballot: Nov. 6, 2013 at 5 p.m.
  • Early voting: Nov. 8-11 (daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Election day: Nov. 12, 2013