Public Safety Town Halls
*** 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
The City Council has scheduled five town hall meetings to
discuss a plan to utilize a portion of the expiring 0.6 percent
sales tax for public safety. City leaders will be present to
discuss needs of the police, fire and streets departments. Citizens
will also have the chance to ask questions during a
"Residents will get the opportunity to hear what we've learned
throughout the last year from the meetings of our Public Safety
Task Force and to give input on how they want Tulsa to become a
safer city," Councilor Karen Gilbert, Chair of the Council's Public
Safety Task Force, said.
All meetings will begin at 6 p.m.
- September 15; District 5;
Jones Elementary - 1515 S. 71st E. Ave.
- October 6; Districts 7 and 8;
Hardesty Library - 8316 E. 93rd St.
- October 20; Districts 3 and 6;
Lewis & Clark Elementary - 737 S. Garnett Rd.
- October 27; Districts 2 and 9;
Jewish Federation of Tulsa - 2021 E. 71st
- November 3; Districts 1 and 4;
OSU-Tulsa Auditorium - 700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Vision Tulsa Process
City Councilors and Mayor Bartlett announced an innovative
public input process in June 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 let citizens and groups pitch their ideas for
projects in person or online. The deadline to submit ideas has
expired, however all proposals are available for viewing online.
City Councilors will incorporate ideas presented into an
economic development proposal to take to the voters within the next
For more information, visit:
Watch full meetings of the Vision/Economic Deveploment Task Force
Learn More About Proposed River Developments
For ongoing updates about the river proposal process,
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
The Council's amendments to the Mayor's proposed budget totaled
"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
- $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
- $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
- Read the full Quality of Life Report
- Watch the video presentation here