Tulsa City Councilor Pushes Public Safety Tax

Friday, May 21st 2010, 4:16 pm
By: News On 6

By Emory Bryan, The News on 6 

TULSA, OK -- Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson plans to continue pursuing an additional penny sales tax that would be dedicated to spending on public safety. The sales tax would add to the current budget for police and fire.

Though Henderson has discussed the issue before, he's now taken the next step of asking for the legal paperwork to be done by the City Attorney.

Henderson is asking fellow councilors to support the tax, but several councilors have expressed concern that it would do nothing to solve the problems created by sudden downturns in sales tax income.

2/9/2010 Related Story: Poll: Would You Support A Tulsa Public Safety Sales Tax?

If Henderson gets the other councilors to approve the request, attorneys for the city would prepare the ordinance and councilors would get another chance to vote on whether to place it on a ballot.

Henderson is asking councilors to approve placing the measure on the fall general election ballot on November 2, 2010.

NewsOn6.com conducted a poll concerning Henderson's penny public safety sales tax in February. The results: 65.1 percent against, 34.9 percent for. A total of 415 people participated in the poll.