Both Vision2 Sales Tax Propositions Fail With Tulsa County Voters
TULSA COUNTY, Oklahoma - Tulsa County voters say ‘no' to Vision2 on Tuesday. Opponents of the proposition say the victory is one of biblical proportions.
"Thrilled, of course. It's a David and Goliath story, we were definitely David and they were Goliath, when you consider the amount of money they had to spend and the people they had behind their project," said Rhonda Vuillemont-Smith, Vision2 opponent.
Rhonda Vuillemont-Smith, along with a team of other opponents, campaigned that Vision2 was vague and pushed through too quickly with not enough public input.
"Don't try and rush this stuff on us and don't and don't bring it to us four years ahead of time, either," said Rhonda Vuillemont-Smith.
Proposition 1 would have given more than $386 million toward Economic Development and job creation at the Tulsa International Airport Industrial Complex.
Vision 2 Co-Chairman Don Walker says the defeat can't deter efforts to make improvement to the Airport complex.
"It's gonna be up to us to find another plan to upgrade those facilities so that we can be assured that those jobs are gonna stay here long term," said Don Walker.
Nearly $362 million would have been divided among cities and the county for Quality of Life Improvements in Proposition 2.
Opponents say some of the cities didn't even know how that money would be spent, but supporters say research for improvements started back in March.
"In most cases passed resolutions in each city of how they would make those investments and those were all well planned investments, but at this time the public is not ready support that either," said Don Walker.
Both sides of Vision2 can agree on one thing that they want to move Tulsa forward, they just disagree on how that should be done.