Vision2: The $747 million question for Tulsa fails

It was the tax everyone was talking about, one that would have served as a tax extension of Vision2025 if voters had approved it Tuesday.

As of 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, with 97 percent of precincts reporting on Vision2 Proposition 1, 56 percent of the votes came in voting no. With 97 percent of precincts reporting on Proposition 2, 55 percent of voters said they disapproved of the second half of Vision2.

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9:13 p.m. - Tulsa Metro Chamber tweeted - While we are very disappointed in tonight's news on both County Propositions, we look forward to continued collaboration towards moving the region forward.

9:00 p.m. - Vision2 Campaign Chair Don Walker announces that both propositions of Vision2 failed to pass. "We are obviously disappointed" said Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett. "We started together and tonight we are ending it together," he said. The chairmen for Vision2 said they will continue to look at ways to develop the Tulsa region.

8:46 p.m . - Stop Vision2 tweeted - There is still much work to be done. Let's continue to move Tulsa in the right direction.

8:37 p.m. - 2NEWS reporter Dan Pearlman reports Tulsa Metro Chamber CEO Mike Neal on the Vision2 outcome: "I'm cautiously optimistic" and said he is keeping his fingers crossed. "Both (propositions) are tremendously important for the future growth of Tulsa," he said, saying that if voters reject either or both, official will have no choice but to come back with something that voters will accept.

7:21 p.m . - More are showing up at the pro- Vision2 watch party. Yes to Vision2 tweeted -  At the watch party with some awesome supporters.

7:05 p.m . - 2NEWS reporter Brandon Richard spoke with Rhonda Vuillemont-Smith with Citizens for a Better Vision. She told him she is opposed because the Vision2 proposals were pushed too soon and rushed without adequate input from the citizens.

7:01 p.m . - Just as polls closed, people were packing out Talley's Cafe where the opposition for Vision2 is hosting their watch party. Two minutes ago, Rhonda Vuillemont-Smith with Citizens for a Better Vision announced "One minute before polls close!"

6:02 p.m . - Stop Vision2 tweeted - One more hour!! Get to the polls and vote NO on prop 1 and 2!

5:54 p.m . - Folks are starting to filter into the downtown Tulsa Holiday Inn for the Vision2 proponent watch party.

4:35 p.m . - Yes to Vision2 tweeted - Polls in Oklahoma are open until 7 p.m. and a yes vote cast at 6:59 counts as much as any other time. Go Vote Yes on Vision2!!!

3:31 p.m . - Stop Vision2 tweeted - "This prop is too hurried, too vague. It IS a tax increase, because without it, taxes go down. I would support it...

2:53 p.m . - Yes to Vision2 tweeted - Vision2 will cost the average family about $7.50 per month. A great investment into our community. Vote Yes on Vision2!!

1:37 p.m . - Yes to Vision2 tweeted - If you haven't voted, word on the street is lines aren't that long. Now is a great time to Vote Yes on Vision2!!!

1:12 p.m . - Stop Vision2 tweeted - *** SIGN WAVE *** Today! Nov. 6 from 3-5 pm @ 101st & Memorial. Join us for one last sign wave to get out the vote.

12:15 p.m. - Yes to Vision2 tweeted - For a list of all Vision2 projects visit on.fbe.me/VjkLWQ

12:06 p.m. - Stop Vision2 tweeted - The projects touted by Vision2 proponents are not in the ballot. That's because there is NO contractual obligation to any project as of yet.

9:03 a.m. - Yes to Vision2 tweeted - Vision2 is focused on our economy and making our region a place for people to have jobs and contribute to our economy

7:40 a.m. - Stop Vision2 tweeted - Why are we voting on a tax in 2012 that wouldnt start until 2017 & not end until 2029? Vision2 = 2Rushed 2Much 2Vauge 2Soon Vote No prop 1&2

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The plan will appear on the ballot in two parts.

Proposition 1 represents economic development and would put $254 million into the Tulsa International Airport (TIA) Industrial Complex, which is owned by the city of Tulsa and Tulsa Airport Authority and supports an 11,000-person workforce.

Another $52.942 million would go toward a job-creation fund, which would be restricted to land, buildings, improvements, and lowering operating costs to make Tulsa County attractive to outside business.

An additional $80 million would go to bonding costs and interest, bringing the Proposition 1 total to $386.88 million.

Proposition 2 would generate $361.92 million and would go toward county capital and community improvements.

Capital improvements:

  • $38 million to construct a juvenile justice center to better combat juvenile crime
  • $25 million for roads, bridges and other infrastructure
  • $12 million for Expo Square improvements to bring additional events and revenue to Tulsa County
  • $10 million for levee improvements to prevent flooding in west Tulsa and Sand Springs
  • $7 million for parks and recreational facilities

Community

improvements:

  • Tulsa $157.92 million
  • Bixby $11.3 million
  • Broken Arrow $44.1 million
  • Collinsville $3 million
  • Glenpool $5.9 million
  • Jenks $9.2 million
  • Owasso $14.38 million
  • Sand Springs $10.1 million
  • Skiatook $1.16 million
  • Sperry $643,894
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