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Council Finalizes Capital Improvement Package

The Tulsa City Council finalized the capital improvement proposal on Aug. 22. The package, which will be on the Nov. 12 ballot, totals $918.7 million.

The proposal was finalized after the Council analyzed feedback received through two rounds of public meetings.

These are the final steps of a process that began in July 2012 with the creation of the Capital Improvement Program Task Force. The task force worked on developing the infrastructure funding package to replace the 2006 Third Penny and the 2008 Fix-Our-Streets programs, which expires in 2014.

The capital improvement package consists of two propositions that will appear on the November ballot:

One proposition would authorize general obligation (GO) bonds in the amount of $355 million to fund designated street and bridge improvement projects. GO bonds are municipal bonds secured by the City's pledge to use property tax revenues to repay bond holders.

The other proposition would extend 1.1 percent of the current 1.167 percent sales tax. Voter approval would extend the sales tax until $563.7 million is generated for designated capital improvement projects, which is projected to take from six to six-and-a-half years. The Council included a 'back-stop' in the sales tax ordinance, however, which provides that the sales tax will not extend beyond seven years.

A compromise was made between city and county leaders reducing the amount of the sales tax from 1.167 percent, which was originally proposed, to 1.1 percent.

This leaves 0.067 percent available for a future tax proposal by the County to fund improvements to Tulsa County's justice system.

View the general obligation bond project list here (8-22-13)

View the sales tax project list here (8-22-13)

View each capital improvement presentation here

Or, view street project lists and maps by Council District:

If you are unsure which Council District you live in, use our handy Council District Finder here


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