City Survey - Tulsans Want Emphasis on Streets, Police Services
On a positive note, 69% of the respondents in the survey who voiced an opinion were satisfied with the quality of life in Tulsa. On a not so high note, 64% said that there are areas of the city where they felt unsafe.
"Really the survey itself, you know the whole process isn't complete yet," said Mayor Dewey Bartlett, explaining that the city has hired a professor to analyze the results.
"We're waiting for the professional to give us an analysis of the survey," he said.
His political opponent however, is not waiting.
"You can slice and dice the numbers however you want, but the fact is Tulsans feel less safe," said Kathy Taylor, weighing in on the finding that while safety and security are first in importance for residents, they're currently ranked tenth at having those needs being met.
"We've never recovered from the 124 officers that Mayor Bartlett fired when he was first in office, and we've had the biggest budget in the city's history and we didn't prioritize public safety," she said.
The mayor says he hopes to use the survey results as a tool to prepare the next budget. What he hopes doesn't happen?
"What I really hope doesn't happen is that this becomes some kind of a political opportunity for somebody to use in a campaign," he said.
"It shows that we need new leadership in city hall," said Kathy Taylor.