What's inside part 2 of Vision2 for Tulsa County voters on the November ballot?

TULSA - It's a nice day for Alice Mauldin and her grandkids in the River Parks, and she's glad to hear there's money for parks in Vision2.

"I think if we want things to go forward we need to approve it," said Mauldin.

Parks are just one of the things that will get more funding if voters do approve the second part of Vision 2.

Voters will see it as Tulsa County Proposition 2 on the ballot.

It would provide $362 million for various projects in Tulsa and the surrounding suburbs.  Critics like Tulsa mayoral candidate Bill Christiansen say that's too much.

"We're asking the taxpayers for a lot of money.  Three quarters of a billion dollars.  That's a lot of money for a long period of time (until) 2029," said Christiansen.

Here are just a few of the things it would pay for:

  • $38 million for a new juvenile justice center;
  • $25 million for roads and bridges;
  • $12 million for improvements at Expo Square.

"Everyone benefits from Proposition 2.  Every community.  Every citizen," said Don Walker, the co-chair of Vision2.

Vision2 also includes funding to put water in the Arkansas River.

"People want water in the river," said Walker.  "I want water in the river."

Proposition 2 would pay to "repair and raise" the Zink Dam and build a new dam south of Jenks.  That would create two lakes, ensuring water would always flow in the river.

Vision2 opponents tell 2NEWS they also want water in the river but say this is not the way to do it.

"In my opinion is we have the time to do it right," said Christiansen.  "We won't have the chance to do it over."

They would like to see river improvements and other things in Vision2 as part of smaller packages presented to voters in the future.

They believe, unlike Vision 2025, Vision2 was rushed onto the ballot.

"If you go back to the Vision 2025 process," said Christiansen.  "It was inclusive, it was transparent, people had the time to be involved in it."

But Walker says voters had plenty of time to attend the numerous Vision2 meetings.

"Just because Vision 2025 took two years to evolve," said Walker, "doesn't mean that Vision2 should take that amount of time."

And now voters like Mauldin are about out of time with only days to make up their minds.

Tulsa County voters will ultimately make their decision when they cast their Nov. 6 ballots.

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