Monday night, close to 200 Tulsans gathered to give their two cents on a sales tax extension city and county leaders are calling Vision2.
It’s a proposal on the November ballot that would extend the sixth tenths penny sales tax, dubbed Vision2025 when it was announced nine years ago.
There has been mixed reaction about this proposal from Tulsans. Many saying they’re not sure they can support a tax extension in these times, but city leaders are reminding folks that if they contribute $6 to the Vision fund, they would have to spend $1,000 buying taxable goods or services.
Citizens at Monday’s forum came for different reasons.
“(I want) to get a little better knowledge of Vision2, their proposals compare it to Vision 2025,” Hugh McCullough told FOX23.
“I wanted to hear more about what they wanted to spend the money on, I am wondering about the quality of life money and wondering how that's going to be spent,” Melinda Foster said.
Overwhelming, speakers Monday night supported Vision2 to fund new projects in and around Tulsa.
“I think Vision2025 kind of got things rolling, like the BOK Center was good, but I think everybody wants parks, and the rivertrails have been a success, so just building on top of that,” Andrew McCready said.
McCready says the projects would move Tulsa forward.
“It's needed, the money is needed to create things and build things for the environment you want to live in. It's not going to build itself.”
Still, supporters know Vision2 is a hard sell.
“I just hope they're all thinking not just anti tax but what this can do for the city,” Foster said.
Some say the effort is in trouble before it's even off the ground.due to the tough economic times.
“I think it's doomed,” McCullough told FOX23.
Tulsa City Councilwoman Karen Gilbert wishes voters had known about Vision2 sooner.
“We could have done a better job, the timing could have been a little bit better,” she said.
But even doubters aren't certain they'll vote no at the polls come November.
“You never know, I might do it, if they have enough convincing maybe I will,” McCullough said.
The City has four more forums scheduled and is soliciting online comments about Vision2. For more information, click here: http://www.tulsacouncil.org/