TULSA - Tulsa's proposed capital improvements package will appear on the November ballot, but not without changes from the original draft.
City councilors approved the amended proposal just after 7 p.m. Thursday, which unlike the original, eliminates improvement-based funding for the BOK Center and the Tulsa Convention Center.
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The decision, which was reached unanimously, comes on the heels of a compromise with the county over the city's $920 million package also made Thursday. The agreement hinges on the passing of the package, essentially stating that the city would collect a lower sales tax and all Tulsa County voters to decide whether to pick up the excess .067 percent.
The sides have clashed in recent months over funding to improve Tulsa County's jail and pay for a new juvenile justice center, prompting the county to create a tax package of their own. That package, which requires nearly 18,000 signatures to make it to November's ballot, likely won't have enough by the deadline, according to County Commissioner Ron Peters.
"I think the petition that's out there now has to have the signatures by tomorrow. I don't think they'll have them, so I don't see that effort moving anywhere right now," he said.
Tulsa Councilor G.T. Bynum called it a win-win.
"I think this is really going to speak well of the level of collaboration between the city and the county," Bynum said following the vote.
County Commissioner Ron Peter agreed, saying the compromise is "best for the city of Tulsa [and] Tulsa County."
The next step for the city council comes Tuesday, when councilors will begin determining how the package will appear on the ballot.
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