The Tulsa City Council is now moving forward on a $919 million capital improvement project that would continue this community's Fix Our Streets sales tax and property taxes for an additional 5 to 5.5 years in order to fund continued street construction, rehabilitation and widening projects, and a number of other capital improvement projects. Capital improvement, you ask? Well, it's not money for more police officers or more fire-fighters, as our guest notes today, but more money for the cars, trucks, and other equipment these city employees need to do their job (as but one example).
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.