With Vision 2 not passing Tuesday night, city leaders say they've learned something. So, now they're getting ready a year in advance for a new Fix Our Streets vote. This tax started in 2008 and runs for five years. There are several neighborhoods around Tulsa that have seen the benefits of this original vote."They have worked hard and really dug down and built a new street. They didn't just take a little off and throw something on it. They built a whole new street. It's really impressive," says Anne Nolan, who lives near the latest Fix Our Streets project.
The 2008 vote gave the city $452 million to fix city streets. Councilor G.T. Bynum says fix our streets took over 4-to-Fix, the 3rd penny sales tax, and general obligations bonds. This new vote would be one tax to get everything accomplished for the city and there will not be any fluff added to the final project.
"This is the most basic level of government funding that we are talking about here," says Bynum, "This is paying for police cars, so they can come to your house and protect you. Paying for fire trucks, so they can put out the fire at your house. If you need any evidence that we need to improve out streets just drive down one of our streets."
Tulsa residents say they see the need for these types of projects.
"I think that infrastructure is one of the main functions of government suppose to do to fix streets and put in sewers and to do water," says Nolan, "That's the kind of thing you can support more than the Vision 2 sort of playground stuff."
Bynum says they will be having several public meetings so people can get their voices heard throughout the next year.
"We want this process to be exhaustible public input. I think that a real lesson learned from the Vision 2 vote is that the citizens deserve to be involved in the decisions making processes about packages they are expected to vote on," says Bynum.
Fix Our Streets expires on June 30, 2014.