October 12 Sales Tax Election
On Tuesday, October 12, 2021, Edmond residents will have the opportunity to visit the polls and vote on a temporary sales tax to purchase 22 acres of land adjacent to Hafer Park. Below is information that voters can consider in making their choice:
Why is this election happening?
The 22 acres of land just south of Hafer Park is privately owned and the owners are looking to develop the site with a mix of retail and residential uses. Due to previous and continued opposition from the public for developing the site, a group including the property owner’s representatives, elected officials and concerned citizens met in Spring 2021 and proposed allowing the residents of Edmond to decide if they would want to pass a temporary tax to purchase the land and avoid further contention. A public vote in 2017 overturned a previous project that was approved by City Council, and another project was met with similar results in 2006.
What is the sales tax increase and for how long?
The proposed sales tax increase would be 0.25% for one year. This would change Edmond’s sales tax rate from 8.25% to 8.50% from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022. The sales tax rate would return to 8.25% on January 1, 2023.
How much will the land cost?
The tentative purchase price for the 22 acres of land is $3,998,000 plus closing costs.
Will this 0.25% tax cover the land cost?
Based upon tax collections from the 2020-2021 fiscal year, it is estimated that the 0.25% tax will generate approximately $5,000,000.
What will happen to the money that is collected beyond the purchase price of the land?
Any tax dollars received in excess of the purchase price plus closing costs may be used to pay towards the cost of improving the land or providing other capital improvements for the city.
How does the city plan to use this land?
The 22 acres of land will be added to the city’s parks system. However, there are no plans or additional funding currently identified for the specific future use of the land.
What happens if this vote doesn’t pass?
The sales tax rate will stay the same, the city will not purchase the land and the landowner can pursue developing the land or leaving it unimproved.
Has the city ever done something like this previously?
No. This is not something the City Council would typically pursue but is doing so due to the efforts of the parties involved and the unique history of the property.
Will this make Edmond’s sales tax higher than others?
No. If the sales tax rate was temporarily raised to 8.5%, it would still be the lowest rate in the metro.
What will the ballot say?
How do I Vote?
The deadline to register to vote in Edmond for the October 12th election is September 17th. Voter registration forms must be turned in physically to the County Election Board office or stamped by a tag agency by this date. If mailed, it must be postmarked before midnight on this date.
The deadline for Absentee / By Mail Voting for the October 12th election is October 5th. The absentee voting application must be physically received in the County Election Board office by this date by 5 pm. Ballots must be returned by mail and must be received by the County Election Board no later than 7 pm on the day of the election. (A postmark prior to that time will not suffice, the ballots themselves must be in the hands of the County Election Board by 7 pm. A ballot cannot be hand-delivered.)
The early voting period for the October 12th election is October 7th & 8th – Voters may vote early from 8 am to 6 pm at the Oklahoma County Election Board Office located at 4201 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City OK 73105.
To confirm your registration, find your polling place, or track your absentee ballot, please visit the Oklahoma State Election Board's Online Voter Tool.