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
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
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
- Monday, July 20, District 2, 6 p.m., TBD
- Tuesday, July 21, District 5, 6 p.m. at Nathan Hale
- Monday, July 27, District 4, 6 p.m., TBD
- Monday, August 3, District 7, 6 p.m., Union High
- Tuesday, August 4, Districts 1 and 3, 6 p.m., Rudisill
Others to be announced.
Learn More About Proposed River Developments
For ongoing updates about the river proposal process,
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
Feedback received at these Town Hall meetings will be reviewed
and used to create a final funding proposal that will go to voters
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
All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. The meeting schedule is as
Wed., June 10
5 & 6
Martin Regional Library
2601 S. Garnett Road
7 & 8
Hardesty Regional Library
8316 E. 93rd St. South
1 & 3
Rudisill Regional Library
1520 N. Hartford Ave.
2 & 9
Jewish Federation of Tulsa
2021 E. 71st St.
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
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