Council Approves Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget
The Tulsa City Council unanimously approved the City of Tulsa
fiscal year 2016-2017 budget Thursday with substantial
"I am so excited that the Councilors and the Mayor were able to
work together to make this budget process successful," said Council
Chair Jeannie Cue. "With concerns about cutbacks, we were able to
restore critical 911 operators while supporting economic
development activity for our city."
The Council modified the Mayor's proposed budget to avoid
cutting fourteen 911 call-taker positions. Councilors emphasized
the importance of fulfilling commitments made during the Vision
Tulsa campaign to add new capacity to our critical 911
"We made these important changes without tapping into our
emergency funds, and while maintaining a very conservative approach
to revenue projections and expenditures," said Council Vice-Chair
The Council also added funding to the Mayor's proposed budget to
restore staff to process building permits and licensing. This helps
keep economic activity in our community moving efficiently. In the
legal department, the Council added capacity to manage complex real
estate transactions, to also boost economic development activity,
and restored funding for a police advisor to provide training,
advice and support.
The Council restored funding for the City's Main Street programs
in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood and Route 66 Redfork area.
Additionally, the Council funded two staff positions at Chamberlain
Park Recreation Center.
The Council also held more than $3 million of the fund balance
in reserve to address potential revenue declines in the next fiscal
If revenues perform better than expected, the Council has
identified top priorities for quarterly review. These include:
restoring code enforcement capacity and mowing cycles, providing a
stipend for non-sworn employees and acquiring infrared devices for
More Information About Vision Tulsa
Voters approved all three Vision Tulsa propositions on April 5.
View the full summary of the Vision Tulsa program here
For more information, visit:
Watch full meetings of the
Vision/Economic Deveploment Task Force, River
Infrastructure Task Force and Public Safety Task Force here:
Read the report from the University of Cincinnati Institute
of Crime Science, regarding the Crime and Staffing Analysis for the
Tulsa Police Department presented at the Public Safety Task Force
on Oct. 6 here
Watch a video summarizing how the river development process is
taking shape here
Quality of Life Report
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
- Read the full
Quality of Life Report
- Watch the video
Council Approves Vision Tulsa Program
City Councilors unanimously approved a final version of the
Vision sales tax program to appear on the April 5th ballot.
The program includes three components, which will appear on the
ballot as separate items: a permanent sales tax for public safety,
a permanent sales tax for transportation and streets, and a 15-year
sales tax for economic development. This program will not increase
the current overall tax rate of 8.517 percent in the city of
"We've worked relentlessly for more than two years to get this
right," Council Chair Jeannie Cue said.
"No single person got everything they wanted, but together, we
developed a program that all ten of us, our constituents and the
city can be proud of," Cue said.
The Vision development process was unprecedented in its public
engagement and transparency, which included five citizen-led and
three Council-led task forces, more than 100 televised public
fact-finding meetings and nearly 30 town hall meetings across the
city. If approved, this sales tax program will be overseen by the
Citizen Sales Tax Overview Committee.
Read more here