October 14, 2015
Susan Grossman, Development Officer

Norman Forward
The Norman Forward proposal passed on October 13 with a 72% majority. Photo credit: Brian Harzinski, KGOU

Norman residents overwhelmingly approve a community-wide package of amenities Tuesday.

Norman Forward, a citizen-led community initiative, proposed a one-half percent sales tax increase to generate revenue for a number of city projects ranging from new swimming pools, parks and streets improvements, youth and adult recreational sports complexes, public art, an updated senior center and more. The increase will begin in 2016 and continue over a 15-year period with a goal of $209 million.

Sitting at the top of the list of improvements are two new libraries for our system – an 82,000 square foot central Norman branch and a 12,500 square foot east Norman branch. This is welcome news for all of Norman’s more than 117,000 residents, particularly the many dedicated individuals who have been hoping for a new central branch library since the 1980s.

Oklahoma’s third largest city will soon have a triumvirate of libraries to serve this ever-growing population with the excellent services our system provides – Norman West, Norman Central and soon Norman East.

PLSFDN.org: Norman Moves Forward