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Council Approves FY 2019-2020 Budget

 

The Tulsa City Council unanimously approved the City of Tulsa Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget on Wednesday.

The total budget is about $845.8 million, which includes all city funds, operations and capital funding from Improve Our Tulsa and Vision Tulsa. General fund revenues, which fund most core services and operations, are expected to be $289.8 million. This is about 4 percent more than the original budget for FY19 and is largely due to growth in online use tax collections.

The Council and Mayor G.T. Bynum met in January for a retreat to discuss priorities for the upcoming budget year. Priorities include public safety, community development, employee compensation and economic development.

"The Mayor and the Council continue to work together extremely well, which benefits both our City and citizens," Council Chair Phil Lakin said. "Unanimous approval of this budget is no surprise, because we collectively wrote it and prioritized initiatives that will make Tulsa a globally competitive, world-class city."

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Your Community Needs You!

 

Want to get involved and help better your neighborhood? The City of Tulsa has many resources that can help. Check out the map of registered Neighborhood Associations to see if your neighborhood is registered. Apartment Associations can also register with us. If you would like the form mailed to you, call our Neighborhood Liaisons at (918) 596-1292. If your neighborhood is not represented, consider taking the initiative yourself.

Benefits of being a registered association:

Plan a "Block Party" - Getting to know your neighbors not only increases your circle of friends but also increases the safety of your neighborhood. The City encourages associations to organize a Block Party and let us know! Block Party Registration

Volunteer - Serve your community by volunteering for a neighborhood cleanup or as a reading partner in your local school. Visit ServeTulsans.org for more information.

Alert Neighbors - To learn more about the Alert Neighbors Program or to start one in your area, contact the Crime Prevention Network.

Code Violations - Need to report a code violation? Visit Neighborhood Investigations Online.

Social Services - If you are in need of resources or social services for yourself or someone that you know, and the City of Tulsa cannot provide those for you, please contact the 2-1-1 Tulsa Helpline at 2-1-1 or (918) 836-4357.

 

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Dates and Panelists for July Meetings on Equality Indicators

 

The Tulsa City Council announced the date and panelists for the second of four special meetings on select topics from the City of Tulsa's 2018 and 2019 Equality Indicator reports.

The second special meeting will cover the report's findings regarding racial disparities in police use of force and current practices to improve outcomes on Wednesday, July 17, in the Chapman Music Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St. The Council will hear from and ask questions of panelists of experts and community representatives.

This special meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m., after the conclusion of an abbreviated, regularly scheduled Council meeting at 5 p.m. in City Hall.

The panelists for the second meeting are: Melanie Poulter, Equality Indicators Project Manager at the Community Service Council; Dr. Jennifer Lynn Eberhardt, Psychology Professor at Stanford University and author of the book "Biased"; Michael W. Brose, Director and CEO of Mental Health Association Oklahoma; Chief Egunwale Fagbenro Amusan, President of the Tulsa African Ancestral Society; and Deputy Chief Jonathan Brooks and Captain Thaddeus Espy from the Tulsa Police Department.

In March, Councilors voted to take citizen comments and suggested questions on the equality indicator topics one week in advance of each special meeting. The early public comment period will allow the Council to incorporate citizen feedback into its panel discussions. Public input for the second topic will be received during the regular Wednesday Council meeting on July 10 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 175 E. 2nd St.

Citizens wishing to speak on the second topic should complete a Request to Speak card in-person July 10, prior to the agenda item being read. Council staff will begin accepting Request to Speak cards at 4 p.m. on July 10 in the Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall, 175 E. 2nd St. Council rules will be adjusted for this item to allow for more individuals to provide public input. Each speaker will have up to three minutes to address the Council, with a maximum of one hour dedicated to receive this public input.

In August and September, the Council will host special meetings on the two remaining equality indicator topics: minority and gender underrepresentation in the police department and current practices to improve recruitment and retention of minority officers, and racial and gender disparities in police arrests of adults

Citizens can also contact their Councilor directly on any matter by phone or email. Councilor contact information can be found on the Council website, tulsacouncil.org , or by calling 918-596-1990.

 

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The Tulsa City Council and the Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education will discuss potential cuts to education funding, possible impact on public schools and the city, and possible actions that might be taken as a result.

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