Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: September 24, 2012
Sen. Patrick Anderson
Anderson files objection to Zink Dam bonds with Supreme
Court; hearing set for September 26
Anderson has filed a formal objection in the Supreme Court of
Oklahoma in an effort stop the issuance of $25 million in state
debt. The funds are being sought for the purpose of raising the
level of the Zink Dam, which is owned by the City of Tulsa, to develop
a park area along the Arkansas River in Tulsa.
Anderson has long objected to the use of state bonds for the project,
arguing when the legislature originally authorized the issuance
of the bonds in 2009, it was to obtain federal matching dollars
to construct a series of low water dams along the river. The project
never materialized. Anderson has argued using those same bonds for
the Zink Dam project is unconstitutional. He further stated it is
an inappropriate use of state tax dollars.
“It is fiscally irresponsible for the state to be spending
$25 million on enhancing a city park while we have roads that are
falling apart and schools that don’t have enough money to
hire the teachers that they need,” said Anderson, R-Enid.
“The State Supreme Court is the last line of defense between
the taxpayers of Oklahoma and this irresponsible use of taxpayer
A hearing on Anderson’s objection has been scheduled for Wednesday,
September 26th at 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact Sen.
Patrick Anderson at 405-521-5630.
For more information contact:
Sen. Anderson: (405) 521-5630