On August 25th, Glenpool voters have a chance to vote to extend a 1 penny sales tax first approved in 2001. Twenty years ago, there was a vision for what Glenpool could be in the future. Then, Glenpool citizens made a choice to fund their community goals. Now, Glenpool citizens are facing a similar decision to extend the existing sales tax to keep Glenpool moving forward.
Extending this sales tax measure would allow Glenpool to continue the growth we've experienced over the last twenty years. It provides developers and businesses interested in Glenpool some certainty that we as a community are committed to planned and proper growth. It also provides current residents and businesses better service, because more operational dollars can be allocated to government services instead of capital projects.
This extension will not change the current tax rate.
If the 1-penny capital improvements sales tax is allowed to expire in March of 2021, the City of Glenpool faces an annual loss of $1.9 million dollars dedicated to capital investments and improvements. However, the debt from past improvements will still exist with or without an extension of the sales tax. Future projects would be on hold indefinitely until a funding source could be found. Given that the debt exists, and cities do require capital improvements from time to time, the City has three options to fund those needs:
Everyone traveling through Glenpool will help pay for the expense.
Burden is on those who own homes and businesses in Glenpool.
Includes significant reductions in our police, fire, public works, and administrative departments.
Currently, our capital improvements debt is being funded by the existing 2001 sales tax measure. If the 2001 1-penny sales tax is not extended, the City will have to seek another alternative for funding.
As a community, Glenpool voters will have the choice during the Keep Glenpool Moving August 25th vote to choose the path for the next 20 years.
The City of Glenpool is hosting three public meetings to share details and receive public comment on the sales tax initiative up for a vote on August 25th.
Find out what State Farm Agent Marvin Manns has to say about keeping Glenpool moving.
Why is it important for a city to plan for growth?
In this short video, David Tillotson explains what the Keep Glenpool Moving initiative is and why it matters.
The City of Glenpool’s sales tax rate is 9.967%. How much of that tax does Glenpool actually receive for city initiatives?
Glenpool in 2020 is a very different community than it was in 2001. How has it changed?
Population over the past 20 years has grown from 8,150 to 13,936.
Public Safety Growth
Over the past 20 years, full-time personnel has increased from 27 to 48.
Sales Tax Growth
Over the past 20 years, sales tax growth has increased from $988,498 to $5,780,598.
School System Growth
School enrollment over the past 20 years has grown from 2,025 to 2,817.
Event Population Growth
In 2001, Glenpool didn’t have a facility large enough to hold trade shows, conferences, large art events, proms, or other big public or private events. The Glenpool Conference Center books an average of 150+ events a year, bringing 30-40 thousand people annually to Glenpool.
If you are new to Glenpool or recently moved, the voter registration deadline is July 31, 2020.