TULSA, Okla. - Nearly 4 out of 5 Tulsans is in favor of redirecting some sales tax money to the police and fire departments... that's according to a new poll from Tulsa's police union.
Fraternal Order of Police president Clay Ballenger tells KRMG that the results were somewhat expected. Ballenger says, "I wouldn't say its a surprise because we know the citizens of Tulsa support public safety."
One idea being discussed at City Hall is to ask voters to renew an expiring sales tax and dedicate it specifically to the police and fire departments.
The FOP's poll, conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research, surveyed 500 likely Tulsa municipal primary voters April 15th and 16th.
According to the poll, 78% support the extension of the city’s portion of the Four to Fix sales tax.
The question was asked, “As you may know, one-sixth of a cent of the county
sales tax is used to fund city services and the tax must be renewed every five
years. This sales tax, called the Four to Fix tax, is due to expire, and the Mayor
has proposed extending the city's portion to fund various services. The Mayor
projects that the extension of the sales tax would raise twelve million dollars a
year, and revenue would be used to fund several city services including three
million dollars for the fire department, four million for the police department, and
five million for street repair, maintenance, and beautification. Do you support or
oppose extending the one-sixth of a cent sales tax for these services?"
The results are:
- Strongly Support 63%
- Somewhat Support 15%
- Undecided/ Don’t Know/ Refused 5%
- Somewhat Oppose 4%
- Strongly Oppose 12%