Tulsa, Okla. - A proposal to extend the Vision 2025 sales tax until 2029 will be on the November ballot. Tulsa County Commissioners approved the plan, called 'Vision2', at this morning's commission meeting.
A group calling themselves "Citizens for Tulsa County" presented the plan to county commissioners and other area leaders last Thursday.
The plan, if approved by voters, aims to pump more money into infrastructure and spur economic growth.
Law dictates that the proposal be broken down into two seperate votes, one for economic development, the other for community development. Each proposition, if passed by Tulsa County voters in November, would be for roughly a 3/10ths of one cent sales tax. If both propositions pass, they would equal the 6/10ths of one cent sales tax currently in place because of Vision 2025.
In a statement sent to KRMG, Vision2 co-chair Don Walker, says the initiative would build on the momentum created by Vision 2025, passed by county voters in 2003.
“We have all seen and heard about the great strides we have made as a county with the implementation of Vision 2025. We have seen our communities grow with projects like the BOK Center, Tulsa Convention Center, community centers, parks, Expo Square, NSU – Broken Arrow, OU Tulsa, OSU Tulsa, Morton Healthcare Clinic and Route 66 and many more. I think we can all agree that Vision 2025 has been a success for our region and we must keep that momentum going,” Walker said.
It implemented a 6/10ths of a cent county sales tax, which currently expires in 2017.
According to the Tulsa County Commission's Vision 2025 info website, the 2003 election drew 128,676 votes (40.7% of registered Tulsa County voters).
Vision2 would address city-owned facilities badly in need of repair and maintenance at the Tulsa Industrial Airport Complex, backers say.
It would also pump money into the Juvenile Justice Center and family court in west Tulsa.
Lifestyle funds would be split up between several Tulsa County communities.