Mayor, Council discuss tax compromise

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Updated: 8/22/2013 1:16 pm Published: 8/22/2013 1:15 pm

Mayor Bartlett met with Tulsa City Councilors Thursday to discuss a compromise with Tulsa County that would preserve the city’s capital program to be voted on in November, while also recognizing the County’s capital needs.

The proposal was presented at a Capital Improvement Program Committee meeting calling for a reduction in the city’s portion of the third penny sales tax extension from 1.167 percent to 1.1 percent, allowing Tulsa County to pick up the remaining .067 percent for county capital projects.

While noting that the agreement is not perfect, Mayor Bartlett said it is consistent with a good compromise that achieves the capital needs of the city and county.

“I have always maintained that an agreement with Tulsa County could be reached if leaders came together and put the citizens first,” Bartlett said. “Since the County Commission began its initiative petition, we have pulled all the government officials together to discuss how we could agree upon proposals that are in the best interest of all of our taxpayers.”

The council agreed, by consensus, in a 10 a.m. meeting to move forward with this proposal and call for a vote at tonight’s regular council meeting at 6 p.m.

The proposal would retain all projects, but would extend the length of time for the city’s 1.1 percent sales tax collections by five to six months in order to make up for the loss of .067 cents and fund all projects included in the package.

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