Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 13, 2011
Sen. Patrick Anderson
Anderson requests audit of state expenditures for American Indian
Sen. Patrick Anderson has requested that the State Auditor and
Inspector conduct an audit regarding the use of state dollars for
the construction of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
Anderson’s request follows Thursday’s Senate and House
committee approval of legislation authorizing $40 million in state
bond money for the ongoing construction project.
Anderson noted the state owes more than $5.5 million annually in
debt service payments on previous bond issues for the American Indian
Cultural Center and Museum. If approved by the Legislature, the
additional $40 million bond package would increase annual debt service
payments for the center to $9 million.
“The Legislature is currently being asked to approve an additional
$40 million in new bonds for the center,” said Anderson, R-Enid.
“However, we have been provided no information detailing how
prior bond funds have been spent. Given the significant amount of
debt service payments we currently face as a result of previous
bonds for the center, it’s important we have a better understanding
of where our tax dollars are going.”
To date, the state of Oklahoma has issued over $63 million in bonds
for the project. Following the 2008 approval of a $25 million bond
for the project, a spokesperson for the Center said private contributions
would account for the rest of the remaining $100 million price tag.
The Legislature in 2005 approved another $33 million in bonds for
“Before we proceed, I think it would be prudent for the
Legislature to have a clear picture of where previous bond monies
have gone,” Anderson said. “Given our current budget
status, and the level of our bonded indebtedness, we should be very
careful before accepting any additional burdens.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Anderson: (405) 521-5630