Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Council Approves Vision Tulsa Program

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Council Approves Vision Tulsa Program

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TULSA - Tulsa city councilors unanimously approved a final version of the Vision sales tax program to appear on the April 5 ballot.

The program includes three components, which will appear on the ballot as separate items: a permanent sales tax for public safety, a permanent sales tax for transportation and streets, and a 15-year sales tax for economic development. This program will not increase the current overall tax rate of 8.517 percent in Tulsa.

The public safety sales tax would be at a rate of 0.16 percent from Jan. 1, 2017, to July 1, 2021, when the Improve Our Tulsa sales tax is scheduled to expire, and then at a rate of 0.26 percent permanently. Over the first 15 years, the tax is projected to generate $202 million for the police department and $70 million for the fire department.

The sales tax for transportation would be at a permanent rate of 0. …

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