Tulsa County Fairgrounds' Future Plans

Thursday, March 29th 2007, 6:13 am
By: News On 6

You may not live near the Tulsa County Fairgrounds but those who want to see it improved have a chance to speak up. Dirt piles and parking issues, Tulsa County Commissioner Randi Miller says she's heard about all kinds of concerns related to the fairgrounds.

Miller says Thursday night's forum will focus on construction, neighborhood traffic and the city's proposed annexation of the site. Residents have already told her they're concerned about everything from landscaping and sidewalks to crime.

Miller says although many issues will be discussed, annexation will most likely be a hot topic. "It concerns me because I know what's ultimately going to happen. The city's in a financial crisis, but I know if we lose one show that produces that economic development impact. It's going to be devastating to the city of Tulsa."

Miller says Tulsa County sales tax at 1% is lower than what the city of Tulsa would charge at 3%. And she believes the handoff from Tulsa County to the city of Tulsa would discourage visitors and events from coming to the Tulsa County Fairgrounds. Some city officials disagree and say it would boost revenue.

Tulsa residents can weigh in on the issue at Thursday's meeting. The meeting starts at 6 in the cafeteria at the east end of the Expo Building at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds.

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11/28/2006 - Annexing The Tulsa County Fairgrounds?

2/9/2007 - Future Of Tulsa's Expo Square Discussed

3/27/2007 - Tulsa Residents Petitioning Against Fairground Annexation