Mayor Dewey Bartlett said the City of Tulsa’s sales tax revenue for mid-October to mid-November as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $19,110,236.
That is about one-half percent above budget estimates and 4.1 percent above the same period last year. For the year-to date, the City has received $113,323,115 in sales tax revenues, or about $8.85 million more than for the same period last year. That is one-quarter percent above last year.
District 5 Councilor Karen Gilbert and Administrative Chief Jeremy Moore announced a new partnership this afternoon at the City Council Public Works Committee meeting. The Tulsa City Council and the Tulsa Fire Department are hosting a school supply drive to benefit Tulsa Public Schools starting Wednesday.
Families spend about $600 on average each year on school supplies, including the cost of back-to-school clothes, according to a study by the National Retail Federation. Gilbert said the City Council and the Fire Department are trying to help ease the burden.
The City of Tulsa has a new budget. The spending plan is just over $703-million. The document follows the budget plan submitted by Mayor Bartlett at the end of April.
It includes two-million dollars stashed away in the city’s new savings account. Council Chair G-T Bynum says that is a good thing. He says when Tulsa faces another economic downturn, the city will have a cash cushion. It is a city version of the state’s rainy day fund.
Some councilors want more money for city employee salaries instead of one-time stipends. The council will review that at mid-year.
A new Tulsa city budget must be in place in less than 10-days. The city council is expected to vote tomorrow night on Mayor Bartlett’s $703-million plan.
The mayor has added several hundred-thousand dollars to the budget to step-up code enforcement in neighborhoods. The infusion of cash should help clean-up the city’s blighted neighborhoods. The plan also calls for additional dollars to be spent on graffiti removal.
The Council meeting will be at 6PM tomorrow night.