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Naranja Park bond question will be placed on the November ballot

Photo of Naranja Park sign monument

At its May 3, 2017, meeting, Oro Valley Town Council voted to approve Resolution No. (R)17-17, calling for a special bond election on November 7, 2017, in which Oro Valley voters will decide whether or not to authorize the issuance and sale of $17 million in general obligation bonds to fund the design, construction, improvement, furnishing and equipping of multi-sport fields, baseball diamond fields, a playground and associated infrastructure and amenities at Naranja Park.

May 4, 2017

The bonds would be repaid through a secondary property tax, which sunsets after 20 years. Click here to read the full text of the resolution.

In the coming days, the Town of Oro Valley will provide community education information to help voters better understand the project and to address frequently-asked questions. All information will be posted to the Town’s website at www.orovalleyaz.gov and shared on social media. Be sure to follow us on Facebook: OroValleyAZGov.

VOTER INFORMATION
The special bond election will be conducted as a polling place election. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 7, 2017. Registered voters who have signed up for the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) will automatically receive an early ballot by mail. Registered voters who have made a single request to receive an early ballot for only the November 7, 2017, special bond election will receive an early ballot by mail. The deadline to register to vote in the November 7, 2017, special bond election is Monday, October 9, 2017.

An informational pamphlet will be prepared and mailed to each household with a registered voter not less than 35 days before the date of the election. Any persons wishing to submit an argument "for" or "against" the bond question may do so by following all of the requirements listed in Exhibit "B" of Resolution No. (R)17-17. The filing period for submitting arguments "for" or "against" the issuance of the bonds shall be from July 10, 2017, through July 21, 2017, by 5 p.m.

PROJECT SUMMARY
The proposed plan is a partial build-out of the 2015 Council-approved Naranja Park Master Plan, and includes only the elements that the community and park user groups have identified as being in greatest demand (sport fields and related amenities and infrastructure).

The proposed plan includes: three multi-sport fields, a baseball/softball complex, lighting, restrooms, shade structures, earthwork and mass grading, utility systems, roadway and associated drainage features, parking lots and access drives, buildings and structures, pedestrian improvements, landscape and irrigation, site furnishings, a playground and an improved roadway, including a shared-use path, extending from Naranja Drive to Tangerine Road. Click here to view the conceptual design.

The firm of McGann & Associates was engaged to develop a cost estimate and conceptual design for the proposed plan. The total estimated cost is $17 million ($16.7 million for project costs plus an estimated $300,000 in bond issuance costs). Click here to view a breakdown of the cost estimate.

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