The clock is ticking for the Tulsa city council to finalize a Vision 2025 proposal.
Tuesday night councilors spent five hours debating last minute changes to their plan. They started off by freeing up $159 million to add to streets, which has been a major concern in recent weeks.
That money, though, is coming out of other projects including the Tulsa Zoo, Gilcrease Museum and BMX National Headquarters.
Public safety is also seeing some reductions. After a heated debate, councilors agreed to slash $12.5 million from the fire department’s proposal. Just one of the many compromises made during the meeting.
“It's definitely not possible to please everyone,” Councilor G.T. Bynum said. “What we can do is the best to pair it down and hopefully reflect the sentiment of our fellow Tulsans.”
“I want to finish this process, it's been in the public view for a long time,” Councilor Phil Lakin said. “We've received considerable public input and I think it's time for us to get this to the ballot box.”
Councilors will meet again Thursday.
They have to have all proposals submitted to the Election Board by February 4.
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