Tulsa city councilors raise Vision2 concerns

TULSA - Some Tulsa city councilors are concerned voters are not getting enough time to learn more about Vision2 before they head to the polls in November.

Now they're on a tight deadline to come up with a plan.

Councilors hope to vote on a resolution regarding Vision2 by the end of the month. It will outline the city's priority projects if Vision2 passes.

The multi-million dollar tax extension could bring nearly $160 million to the city of Tulsa. The proposal would start in five years and continue until 2029.

"We're making commitments today, in a relatively short amount of time to process them, that we'll be stuck with for the next 17 years," said Councilor Blake Ewing.

Ewing says it's not easy to plan so far ahead.

"I think we're going to try to take the best -- try to take this on as best we can. And try to put as many provisions in place to make sure that those monies are well spent and that the taxpayers dollars are honored," said Ewing.     

Ideas for Vision2 projects include improvements to the airport, the zoo, the riverfront and city parks.

"I think the river here is the big project that we need to be focused on. Building low water dams. I think there's nothing we can do that will be more transformative for Tulsa over the next half century then building those dams," said Councilor G.T. Bynum.

Bynum says it's important citizens know how funds from Vision2 would be spent.

"We have a responsibility to let our citizens know how our money will be spent, if this package is approved," he said.

He's not happy the proposal is on the fast track.

"So we're doing the best we can at the city of Tulsa to make the best of a bad situation, and put forward a resolution that will show the agreement of their local government as to how that money will be spent," said Bynum.

City council will hold four meetings regarding Vision2.

The first meeting will give groups the opportunity to present their plans for Vision 2 funds to councilors. Next councilors will draft an allocation plan and then hold two public meetings for citizen input.

Then they'll vote on the resolution and pass it to the mayor's office.

Here's a list of the meetings, which will all take place in the City Council Chambers at City Hall:

-Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
-Thursday, Sept. 20, 9 to 11:00 a.m.
-Tuesday, Sept. 25, beginning at 6 p.m.
-Thursday, Sept. 27, beginning at 6 p.m.

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