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Councilors Call for Visionary Ideas

 

City Councilors announced an innovative public input process on Thursday where citizens can present economic development projects for possible inclusion in a proposed Vision 2025 extension package. This 0.6 percent county-wide sales tax is slated to expire in about 18 months.

The process lets citizens and groups pitch their ideas for projects in person or online. City Councilors will incorporate ideas presented into an economic development proposal to take to the voters within the next year.

Councilor Blake Ewing, chair of the Vision/Economic Development Task Force, said: "We are asking for your ideas. Ideas from well-established organizations, you and your friends, old and young, rich and poor, we want your thoughts on what we should do as a community to take Tulsa to the next level."

Four public hearings will be held throughout July to hear pitches. These meetings will be broadcast live and archived on TGOV, Tulsa Government Access Television, for viewing by the public. In addition, Council district meetings will be held around the city to get citizen feedback.

Projects should focus on:
  • Economic Development and Sales Tax Generation
  • Connectivity and Transportation Choices
  • Health, Education and Safety

Projects can also be submitted online via email, and video presentations can be posted on YouTube. All proposals will be posted online for the community to view.

"I hope we feel confident enough in who we are to dream big and to know we deserve great things in our city," Councilor Ewing said.

Website: cityoftulsa.org/vision
Email: vision@cityoftulsa.org
YouTube: youtube.com/cityoftulsaorgvision
TGOV: tgovonline.org

Vision Public Hearings

All meetings will take place in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 175 E. 2nd St.

  • Monday, July 6, at 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 14, at 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 21, at 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 28, at 6 p.m.
Council District Meetings
  • Tuesday, July 7, District 6, 6:30 p.m. at Martin Regional Library
  • Monday, July 20, District 2, 6 p.m., TBD
  • Tuesday, July 21, District 5, 6 p.m. at Nathan Hale Library
  • Monday, July 27, District 4, 6 p.m., TBD
  • Monday, August 3, District 7, 6 p.m., Union High School
  • Tuesday, August 4, Districts 1 and 3, 6 p.m., Rudisill Regional Library

Others to be announced.

Learn More About Proposed River Developments


For ongoing updates about the river proposal process, visit: tulsacouncil.org/river

The public is invited to a series of Town Hall meetings this summer to discuss a draft funding proposal for construction of low-water dams along the Arkansas River.

The proposal was created by the Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force and includes four potential low-water dam sites: Sand Springs, Zink, South Tulsa/Jenks and Bixby. The Task Force, which includes river community leaders, developed the proposal throughout the last year and a half after reviewing all previous river studies and conducting more than 30 fact-finding meetings and site visits.

Feedback received at these Town Hall meetings will be reviewed and used to create a final funding proposal that will go to voters this fall.

Five meetings are scheduled around Tulsa to accommodate citizens in all districts. The meetings will feature a video presentation of the most up-to-date information about the river development proposal and process, followed by a question-and-answer session.

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. The meeting schedule is as follows:

 

Wed., June 10

Districts
5 & 6

Martin Regional Library

2601 S. Garnett Road

Mon.,
June 15

Districts
7 & 8

Hardesty Regional Library

8316 E. 93rd St. South

Mon.,
June 22

Districts
1 & 3

Rudisill Regional Library

1520 N. Hartford Ave.

Mon.,
June 29

Districts
2 & 9

Jewish Federation of Tulsa

2021 E. 71st St.

Wed.,
July 1

District
4 and
Citywide

Perkins Family Auditorium

OU-Tulsa Learning Center

4502 E. 41st St.

 

Council Approves Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget

 

The Tulsa City Council approved the City of Tulsa fiscal year 2015-2016 budget Thursday. The motion passed by a vote of 8 to 1. The budget totals $760 million, up about 7 percent from the previous year.

The Council's amendments to the Mayor's proposed budget totaled $941,000.

"This year's budget process was relatively problem-free. We worked well with the Mayor's Office and worked collectively as a Council. We ended up with a few modifications, which are minor but important," said Council and Budget Committee Chair Phil Lakin.

"Three amendments stand out for me. The civilianization of roles staffed by police officers could mean more officers on the street. Increasing mowing cycles will make the city more presentable and prove to our citizens we can take care of their city, as they must take care of their own lawns. And putting a list of priorities in place for when revenues become available ensures that we live within our means, which is rare for governments," Lakin said.

Amendments will be funded not by raising the budget, but through reductions in other areas, resulting in $941,000 in revenue. These reductions will fund the following:

  • $327,000 for phase one of Police Department civilianization
  • $150,000 for new emergency siren installations
  • $120,000 to increase the number of mowing cycles
  • $105,000 for phase one of the MTTA Downtown Circulator
  • $75,000 for the Fire Department resource allocation study
  • $75,000 for MTTA Compensation Adjustment
  • $45,000 to purchase software to track merchandise sold in pawn and other second-hand shops
  • $28,000 to leverage County funding for the River Parks Authority
  • $16,000 for Community Intervention Center (CIC) programs

The CIC, a juvenile intake and referral center, is allocated $280,000 in the budget, but was in danger of not having any staff due to current cuts at the state level.

The biggest change to the proposed budget is the addition of $327,000 to implement a process to civilianize positions in the police department. These desk positions are currently staffed by sworn officers, but over the course of the Council's plan, will be replaced by civilians at a significant cost savings.

Read more here

 

Quality of Life Report

 

The City Council was presented with the annual Quality of Life Report for Tulsa on Jan. 15.

The Quality of Life Report is an objective analysis of our community, compared to 20 peer cities.

The report includes data on demographic trends, economic vitality, public safety, neighborhood vitality, human investment, citizen engagement, transportation, the environment, and recreation and culture.

  • Read the full Quality of Life Report  here
  • Read the summary here
  • Watch the video presentation here
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