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Bond for Tulsa Dam Challenged

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News, Oklahoma Votes, Politics.
November 9, 2012

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court is considering a challenge to a $25 million bond for improvements at the Zink Dam in Tulsa.

Supreme Court Justices heard arguments from both sides Thursday as to the constitutionality of using a $25 million bond raise the level of the Zink Dam.

Senator Patrick Anderson of Enid brought the challenge saying the bond passed in 2009 was supposed to be for a series of low level dams along the Arkansas River.

“This wasn’t the original plan that the legislature proposed and it doesn’t fit, it’s like trying to put a square peg in a round hole, it doesn’t fit under that legislation to do what the city of Tulsa is asking to be done at this point.”

The State argues that this is constitutional because it does fit into the original legislative intent.

Sen. Anderson is asking the court to stop the bond from going through and send it back to the legislature to rework the language to make it constitutional.


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