Second ‘town hall’ Saturday at Yukon Community Center

Possible June 2022 election; ‘temporary’ sales tax increase an option

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Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

The public is invited to a second town hall forum Saturday morning as Yukon city leaders consider calling a June 2022 election to fund capital upgrades.

A series of in-person “Community Conversations” continues at 10 a.m. Oct. 9 at the Yukon Community Center, 2200 S Holly. A tour will follow.

The Yukon City Council and city administrators are using these interactive discussions to solicit feedback from Yukon residents on their “visions for the future.”

“We’re really hoping to get input from residents on what they want to see in Yukon,” Yukon City Manager Tammy Kretchmar said at the Oct. 5th Yukon Legislative Breakfast.

The first town hall event was Sept. 28 at the Dale Robertson Center.

“We had some great input,” Kretchmar said.

Several Yukon teens voiced their opinions among some 30 people who attended.

A third “Community Conversations” session will be 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Jackie Cooper Gym, 1024 E Main.

The city manager asked residents to try to attend at least one town hall forum to help shape Yukon’s future.

Mayor Shelli Selby also urged Yukon residents to participate.

“It’s your chance to have your voice heard and let us know what you’d like to see,” Selby said.

Yukon residents also should fill out the 2021 Yukon Community Survey (Yukonsurvey.com or www.cityofyukon.com)

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WHAT, HOW TO FUND?

City of Yukon officials will consider a long list of possible capital improvements to have on the ballot – a multi-use sports park, new recreation center, new public library, third fire station, dog park, infrastructure (road/water/sewer) upgrades, among others.

A tentative June 2022 election date has been proposed.

Funding any capital project would likely require a sales tax increase or general obligation bond issue.

Feedback so far seems to favor a sales tax proposal, Kretchmar said.

One suggested option is a “temporary” sales tax like the City of Oklahoma City has used to fund its four MAPS programs.