(TULSA) - Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett delivered his State of the City address at the Cox Business Center Ballroom during the Tulsa Regional Chamber Luncheon Wednesday.
Mayor Bartlett said the city of Tulsa is in terrific shape, but there is still much to be done.
"This is the opportune time to fund public safety with a dedicated source of revenue, and to fund water in the river once and for all," Mayor Bartlett said.
The mayor introduced a public safety proposal to tackle funding issues, and said that by using 2/10ths of one cent of the expiring Vision2025 sales tax he could add 70 new police officers and 34 firefighters to Tulsa without having to raise taxes.
Mayor Bartlett said Arkansas River development was of equal importance to him within the coming year.
"I think that a portion of it, if not all of it, will come out of, again, a repurposing of that existing sales tax," Mayor Bartlett said.
For a full transcript of the mayor's speech, click here.