Tulsa City Council To Consider Public Safety Tax, Budget Transfer

Wednesday, June 9th 2010, 3:04 pm
By: News On 6

By Emory Bryan, The News on 6

TULSA, OK -- The Tulsa City Council will consider an additional penny sales tax for public safety and parks Thursday night.

Councilor Jack Henderson is suggesting the tax to boost income for the city's general fund.

Henderson has not gained support from his fellow councilors, but wants a vote, even if it's rejected.

5/25/2010 Related Story: Tulsa City Councilor Argues Voters Should Decide On New Sales Tax

The council vote will determine if the city should put the tax on the ballot for November 2, 2010.

The Council will also consider a budget amendment transferring money from a reserve held for trash service to the general fund. The $746,500 transfer would take money from utility payments and apply it to right of way mowing and removal of graffiti.

The committee that oversees trash service rates has in the past rejected transferring money to the general fund. Several councilors believe the money should be used for short term needs, instead of being held in reserve.