TULSA, Okla. - A new initiative to pump more money into infrastructure and spur economic growth, dubbed "Vision2," may appear on voters' ballots in Tulsa County this November.
A group dubbed "Citizens for Tulsa County" presented the plan to county commissioners and other area leaders Thursday.
They want the commissioners to add the inititiative to the ballot, a decision they will likely make during their Aug. 13 meeting.
In a statement sent to KRMG, Don Walker, Vision2 co-chair, 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 six-tenths of a penny 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).
It was comprised of four propositions:
· Prop. 1 - $350 Million, Boeing Incentives, passed 60% - 40%
(This proposition did not go into effect as Boeing did not relocate a facility to Tulsa)
· Prop. 2 - $22.3 Million, American Airlines Incentives, passed 62% - 38%
· Prop. 3 - $395.8 Million, Economic Development, Education, Health Care and
Events Facilities, passed 62% - 38%
· Prop. 4 - $157.4 Million, Capital Improvements, Community Enrichment, passed
60% - 40%
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.