ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — On May 9, The City of Ada will ask voters to renew a one-cent sales tax known as Penny for our City.

The levy would be used to fund several projects, like improvements to Wintersmith Lake, including dredging and rebuilding the retaining wall around the popular attraction.

"I think one of the biggest trends in America is to expand and tie in recreation with outdoor activities, and this penny continuation would really help us do that," said Tommy Eaton, Ada's director of parks and public facilities. 

The penny sales tax would also pay for improvements to the Ada Sports Complex, including the construction of a new multi-purpose building for basketball, volleyball, and pickleball courts, expansion of walking and biking trails around the city, and new equipment for other area parks.

"I believe the sports complex as a whole will not only meet the needs of our youth which is very important, but also adults and even our seniors," said Joe Neely, Ada's director of recreation. "I also believe it would be great to host tournaments for out-of-town folks to come in and spend their tax dollars in the city of Ada going to our restaurants and staying in our hotels."

Since 2010, the tax has raised more than $52 million that funded a new police station, fire station, Main Street upgrades, and other improvements.

"It speaks to the overall quality of life we hope to continue to improve for our citizens," Eaton said. "I think young families and grandparents — people of all ages, really — could benefit as we continue the power of the penny that we started in the Recreation Department."

Voters are not being asked to increase the sales tax rate, only to continue the current levy.

The sales tax extension would expire in 15 years. 

A complete list of projects that the City of Ada plans to fund through the Penny for our City sales tax can be found below: 

* Capital improvements to the Ada Sports Complex featuring the construction of a Multi-Purpose Building, which will include amenities such as basketball, volleyball, and pickleball courts, as well as an upstairs walking track. The Multi-Purpose Building will overlook numerous flat fields used for soccer and flag football.
* Capital improvements to Wintersmith Park, including dredging and rebuilding the retaining wall around Wintersmith Lake, adding additional playground equipment, and new bridges.
* Capital improvements to Glenwood Park featuring a new bathroom, new playground equipment, and a new pavilion.
* Capital improvements to other area parks featuring new playground equipment.
* Expansion of the walking/biking trails throughout Ada.
* Operation and maintenance expenses for the Ada Sports Complex. One-eighth of one cent shall continue for operation and maintenance expenses for the Ada Sports Complex.