Tulsa leaders discuss the future of Tulsa

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 1/19 12:49 am Published: 1/19 12:46 am

City leaders lined out their objectives for Tulsa.

FOX23 was at the annual Mayoral and City Council Retreat.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett said, "we brought up some new ideas, some new focuses, that we are able to say we are starting to work on… something like having city wide access to WIFI."

The mayor and 6 six city council members discussed new ideas, strengths and what needs work.

Mayor Bartlett told FOX23 one area in need of improvement is code enforcement.

The mayor wanted to see if they can come up with a dedicated source of funding for public safety.

"But include in that code enforcement funding so police, fire, code enforcement officials will know if we had a supplemental amount of money that would help support police, fire code enforcement.

That would free up money out of our general fund," Bartlett said.

Bartlett said they wouldn't want it to be a new tax, but an existing source of revenue.

Leaders say there are things they've tackled in the last year that are working well.

"Certainly the recent result we had with our capital improvements vote of the people that was done last November. We had a 72-73 percent approval on an almost billion dollar package of capital improvements most of which were oriented toward streets," Bartlett said.

We asked the mayor how the visions shared Saturday will work with the new city organizational plans the mayor lined out Friday.

He said it's all a matter of being efficient.

"It's just doing better, living within our means, and using what tools we have at our beckon and call to make things run better," Bartlett said.

The mayor says sessions like the one Saturday help to get everyone on board with a goal of success.

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Unwashed Mass - 1/19/2014 6:13 PM
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Police have always wanted their very own slush fund, and the voters have always been wise enough to turn it down. TPD has a "too big to fail" mentality where they think they dont have to be held accountable. Maybe the next police chief will realize that, but in the meantime they are just like any other city department.

Mayor Maynot - 1/19/2014 11:19 AM
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A/C D/C on the coverage. Is big brother trying to peek @ US through the clouds?
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