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Bynum announces $639 million infrastructure improvement plan

Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 19:34:10-04

TULSA — Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum kicked off the "Improve Our Tulsa" campaign Wednesday.

The $639 million plan aims to improve the city's infrastructure, including streets, parks and facilities.

$427 million of the plan will go toward city streets and transportation systems. $193 million will go toward capital projects in the city, including facilities and parks. A major portion of that $193 million will be for the Tulsa Police and Fire Departments.

"We reach points on a regular basis where we can't fix trucks fast enough to get them back out into the field," Bynum said. "We really have faced in the last couple of years a dangerous shortage of operating fire trucks, because we've delayed replacing them for so long."

The remaining $19 million will go to the city's rainy day fund.

When it comes to funding, the city said it will not be increasing the tax rate. Two-thirds of the funding will come from bond sales financed with existing property taxes. The remaining will come from a sales tax already in place.

"This is the most basic level of infrastructure that we need to keep Tulsa running day to day, " Bynum said. "Fixing our streets, replacing first responder vehicles, keeping playground equipment safe for kids to use."

The plan will take six and a half years to complete. Voters will decide whether or not to approve the plan on Nov. 12.

You can learn more information about Improve Our Tulsa here.

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