Tulsa County residents vote in favor of the Vision 2025 plan

Wednesday, September 10th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

There's a new vision for the future of Tulsa County. Voters have overwhelmingly approved all four parts of the Vision 2025 tax hike plan.

And Mayor Bill LaFortune says everything from the economy, to education, to entertainment and recreation is a winner. Let's take a look at the numbers.

Proposition 1 calls for $350-million in incentives to lure Boeing to Tulsa. The figures show 60% of voters approved the measure, while 40% voted against it.

Proposition 2 provides more than $22-million in incentives to American Airlines. The idea is to persuade American to retain its roughly 9,000 jobs at the maintenance base here in Tulsa. This measure passed with 62% of the vote.

Proposition 3 provides more than $350-million for a new 18,000 seat arena, upgrades to the Convention Center downtown as well as money for health care and education. The results here also passed with 62% of the vote, with 38% voting against it.

And Proposition 4 provides more than $157-million for community enrichment projects around Tulsa County. That includes improvements to parks, trails community centers and to enhance the infrastructure. This too passed with 60% of the vote.

More than 138,000 people turned out for the election. That's about 41% of the registered voters. And that's about what was predicted.

The biggest concentration of "Yes" votes came in south and central Tulsa, and in Owasso. The largest concentration of "No" votes were in north Tulsa, and northwest of downtown. A look at other areas shows voters in Broken Arrow and Sand Springs broke about 60-40 in favor of the propositions. And in west Tulsa, the vote was about 50-50.