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Improve Our Tulsa Public Meetings Scheduled for July 25, 29 & 30

 

Three Improve Our Tulsa public meetings are scheduled to receive comments on the revised proposal for the renewal of Improve Our Tulsa, the City's basic streets and infrastructure program.

During the meetings, Mayor Bynum and Tulsa City Councilors will give an overview of the latest Improve Our Tulsa proposal including district specific projects. Following public comments, the City of Tulsa will host an "open house" event with department heads and elected officials to answer resident questions and have one-on-one conversations about the proposal and projects.

The City will also have 311 representatives available to take reports and Human Resources representatives will be available to talk about current job openings within the City of Tulsa.

All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and Spanish translators will be available at each meeting. The dates and locations are as follows:

. Thursday, July 25, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, 4810 S. 129th East Ave.

. Monday, July 29, Memorial High School, 5840 S. Hudson Ave.

. Tuesday, July 30, Booker T. Washington High School, 1514 E. Zion St.

After the three public meetings, the City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance in August which will call for a vote on Nov. 12 for Improve Our Tulsa.

Based on public response received in the five citywide town hall meetings earlier this year, the draft proposal for the Improve Our Tulsa renewal would run 6½ years and total $639 million. The current draft has 70 percent of the funding dedicated to street maintenance and transportation costs, including sidewalks and bridge maintenance. The remaining amount is divided into categories that will be used to fund public facility repairs, parks improvements, public safety and vehicle replacements and create a standing rainy-day fund allocation, among other capital items.

Items that have been added since the initial town hall meetings include additional funding for bridges, matching funds for federal and other transportation grants, capital resources for the Route 66 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Route, Arena District Master Plan implementation, Animal Welfare facility upgrades, additional funds to adequately fund fire department apparatus replacement and council district community development project funds, which can be used for economic development infrastructure needs, neighborhood stabilization projects or other projects that meet certain criteria and follow the City's comprehensive plan.

For more information about Improve Our Tulsa and to view the draft Improve Our Tulsa outline, visit:  www.improveourtulsa.com

Council Approves FY 2019-2020 Budget

 

The Tulsa City Council unanimously approved the City of Tulsa Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget on June 19.

The total budget is about $845.8 million, which includes all city funds, operations and capital funding from Improve Our Tulsa and Vision Tulsa. General fund revenues, which fund most core services and operations, are expected to be $289.8 million. This is about 4 percent more than the original budget for FY19 and is largely due to growth in online use tax collections.

The Council and Mayor G.T. Bynum met in January for a retreat to discuss priorities for the upcoming budget year. Priorities include public safety, community development, employee compensation and economic development.

"The Mayor and the Council continue to work together extremely well, which benefits both our City and citizens," Council Chair Phil Lakin said. "Unanimous approval of this budget is no surprise, because we collectively wrote it and prioritized initiatives that will make Tulsa a globally competitive, world-class city."

Read more  here

 

Your Community Needs You!

 

Want to get involved and help better your neighborhood? The City of Tulsa has many resources that can help. Check out the map of registered Neighborhood Associations to see if your neighborhood is registered. Apartment Associations can also register with us. If you would like the form mailed to you, call our Neighborhood Liaisons at (918) 596-1292. If your neighborhood is not represented, consider taking the initiative yourself.

Benefits of being a registered association:

Plan a "Block Party" - Getting to know your neighbors not only increases your circle of friends but also increases the safety of your neighborhood. The City encourages associations to organize a Block Party and let us know! Block Party Registration

Volunteer - Serve your community by volunteering for a neighborhood cleanup or as a reading partner in your local school. Visit ServeTulsans.org for more information.

Alert Neighbors - To learn more about the Alert Neighbors Program or to start one in your area, contact the Crime Prevention Network.

Code Violations - Need to report a code violation? Visit Neighborhood Investigations Online.

Social Services - If you are in need of resources or social services for yourself or someone that you know, and the City of Tulsa cannot provide those for you, please contact the 2-1-1 Tulsa Helpline at 2-1-1 or (918) 836-4357.

 

The Tulsa City Council and the Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education will discuss potential cuts to education funding, possible impact on public schools and the city, and possible actions that might be taken as a result
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