ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
61°
Overcast
H 70° L 45°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    61°
    Current Conditions
    Clear. H 70° L 45°
  • clear-night
    47°
    Morning
    Clear. H 70° L 45°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    68°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 75° L 60°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

Local
City council votes to put forward $918.7 million capitol improvements package
Close

City council votes to put forward $918.7 million capitol improvements package

City council votes to put forward $918.7 million capitol improvements package
Photo Credit: Russell Mills
Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett presents his proposed 2013-14 FY budget to the City Council, April 30, 2013

City council votes to put forward $918.7 million capitol improvements package

The proposal is massive, over 19 million dollars.

The bulk of that money will go for streets, roads, bridges, and parks but funding for the BOK and Cox Convention Center was removed.

There was also a last minute deal with the county allowing the city to stand alone in asking for the package. The county originally wanted to be on the same ballot asking for capitol improvements but will now wait until the spring for their vote.

Under the proposal Tulsa city sales tax will actually drop from 1.167% to 1.1% but will collected for a longer period of time.

The City of Tulsa released the following statement after the unanimous vote.

The Tulsa City Council voted to approve a compromise in their capital improvements package tonight at the regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council.  The compromise consists of the City of Tulsa altering its sales tax proposal from 1.167% to 1.1%.  The removal of .067% would allow Tulsa County to propose a capital improvements package for juvenile and criminal justice facilities at a later date. 

 "When you have public servants who passionately believe in the work they are doing, balancing competing priorities can often be difficult. I am thankful my colleagues at the City of Tulsa and our counterparts at Tulsa County were able to see the bigger picture in this instance and move ahead united behind public improvements which will better serve our friends and neighbors who live in this community without raising their taxes," said Councilor G.T. Bynum.

 Bartlett said the agreement is consistent with a good compromise and gives both the County and the City the opportunity to achieve their capital needs without having to increase taxes.

 “I have maintained that an agreement with Tulsa County could be reached if leaders came together and put the citizens first,” Bartlett said. “We have worked diligently and quickly over the last few weeks to make that happen before tonight’s vote.  We lowered our rates at the city in order to preserve county options and better serve the taxpayers.”

 Commissioners Karen Keith and Ron Peters, as well as Sheriff Glanz, are pleased with the results of the compromise and believe it is a good faith effort on behalf of the city to recognize the capital needs of both the city and county.

 “I want to thank Mayor Bartlett for his leadership and commitment to a strong city/county relationship.  He, Councilor G.T. Bynum and several members of the city council were diligent in working toward a resolution of this issue.  This is a positive step forward in addressing the capital needs of both the city and Tulsa County,” said Commissioner Karen Keith.

 “The proper role for government officials at all levels is to do what is best for the people they represent.  I believe in this case we did the best and most responsible thing for the citizens of Tulsa and Tulsa County,” said Commissioner Ron Peters.

 Councilor Phil Lakin said the program will retain the important City projects that citizens have said they want.

 “I'm really pleased with the package that this Council has worked so hard to put before Tulsans.  Over the last 9 months, we have held 47 public meetings, met with every City department, and prioritized only our most critical capital needs -- with the very highest emphasis on streets and transportation -- to sustain and build our great city for the next five years.

 Sheriff Stanley Glanz said, “We’re going to suspend our petition and look to collaborate with the cities in Tulsa County to fund our essential public safety needs including those in the juvenile, criminal and mental health arena.”

 

 

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

  • The family of an American slain in last week's attack in London expressed gratitude Monday for the kindness of strangers as they insisted some good would come from the tragedy. Kurt W. Cochran from Utah was on the last day of a European trip celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary when he was killed when an attacker mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer in a Parliament courtyard. Cochran's wife, Melissa, suffered a broken leg and rib and a cut head, but is steadily improving. 'So many people have been so kind, and we are deeply touched by their goodness and generosity,' said Melissa Cochran's brother, Clint Payne. 'Your notes, prayers, donations and love have helped us so much.' Attacker Khalid Masood was shot dead by police after his deadly rampage, which police have revealed lasted just 82 seconds. Police believe Masood - a 52-year-old Briton with convictions for violence who had spent several years in Saudi Arabia - acted alone, but are trying to determine whether others helped inspire or direct his actions. Detectives on Monday continued to question a 30-year-old man arrested Sunday and a 58-year-old man arrested shortly after Wednesday's attack. Both were detained in the central England city of Birmingham, where Masood had recently lived. Meanwhile, the British government repeated calls for tech companies to give police and intelligence services access to encrypted messages exchanged by terrorism suspects.
  • Three days after a GOP health care bill melted down in the U.S. House before a vote, the White House said President Trump is not giving up on his desire to overhaul the Obama health law, as Republicans in the Congress also urged the President to keep pushing ahead on major health insurance changes. “I don’t think it’s dead,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the failed GOP health bill, which foundered even after repeated efforts by the President to twist the arms of reluctant Republican lawmakers. “We’re at the beginning of a process. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of health care,” Spicer added, labeling the Obama health law, “an abysmal failure.” Spicer said the White House is currently going through a post-mortem on what went right and what wrong in their effort, as he said members of both parties in Congress had already reached out to both the White House and Mr. Trump about finding some common ground on health care policy. Spicer: Trump has received calls from Republicans and Democrats offering to work with him to improve health care https://t.co/ZQHMnWGI3O — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 27, 2017 On Capitol Hill, both parties were still sifting through the embers of the GOP health care bill, which was yanked off the House floor on Friday afternoon before a final vote, clearly short on support, as it divided Republicans along several fault lines. For many GOP lawmakers, the idea of giving up after just 18 days of work on health care changes, was not an option. “We cannot walk away now, without even a vote,” said Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), a junior member of the House GOP leadership, said on the House floor. “I will continue to fight for a conservative bill to repeal Obamacare and rebuild a people-first health care system,” said Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC). But there was no immediate signal on whether the White House or GOP leaders in Congress would look to tinker with the failed health bill of last week, or maybe start to develop a new plan.
  • Sixteen months after he declared a state of emergency on homelessness, Seattle's mayor is asking voters in this liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to fight the problem. But some are pushing back, saying the city already spends millions to combat homelessness, and things appear to have gotten worse, not better. In making his case, Mayor Ed Murray says the problem has grown exponentially and federal and state help is unlikely. He wants voters to support a proposed ballot initiative that would increase property taxes to raise $275 million over five years for homeless services - almost doubling what Seattle spends each year. Supporters say current resources haven't been enough to stem the rising tide of people on the streets, and the proposed levy will provide more housing for those who need it most. 'This is a city that's not going to wait for a dysfunctional federal government to show up and do something - because lives are being lost,' Murray said at a recent news conference. The mayor, who is up for re-election, would be on the same ballot as the tax initiative if backers gather enough signatures to qualify it for the August election. City voters have approved three property tax increases in as many years to pay for affordable housing, preschools and buses, on top of other taxes, and some say the higher bills are pricing out working- and middle-class families. Others are demanding accountability.
  • Democrats used rules on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday to force a one week delay in a vote on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court, as Democratic opponents sent mixed signals on whether or not they would lead an all-out filibuster against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The delay by Democrats – which they can do only once before the Judiciary Committee – also included two other top nominations by President Trump to the Justice Department. All three of those nominees are expected to gain committee approval next week. BREAKING: Democrats force one-week delay in committee vote on Supreme Court nominee, choice still on track with GOP support. — AP Politics (@AP_Politics) March 27, 2017