City Councilors unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday providing that the City will work toward an April 2016 renewal of the 0.6 percent sales tax currently known as Vision 2025. The resolution also stated that the City will continue its ongoing analysis of public safety operating needs with the intention of developing a future proposal.
Councilor G.T. Bynum said:
"This resolution provides greater clarity to our fellow Tulsans and our neighbors in surrounding communities about the intent of the City of Tulsa as it relates to a renewal of Vision 2025. We still have much more work to do, but this is an important start. I am pleased that we continue to develop consensus around this program that is so crucial to our community's future."
The sales tax extension proposal will be primarily a capital improvements program, focusing on economic development, public safety, connectivity and community well-being.
Councilor Karen Gilbert said:
"This resolution clarifies our pathway of moving forward with the renewal of Vision 2025. We still have lots of work to do to put together a firm package for economic development and to make sure that our public safety departments - police, fire and street crews - are well funded for generations to come. As we go through this process, we will make sure public safety is addressed to make the citizens of Tulsa feel safer."
In addition, the resolution states that City leaders will work with colleagues at Tulsa County and in neighboring communities to address shared goals for capital improvements within the proposal.