Vision 2 Fails: What Now?
It was a stunning upset: the defeat of the Vision 2 Initiative.
A David versus Goliath story when it came to how much money each side raised.
But in the end, the little guys with less money came out on top.
So what now? Will supporters try again?
And what happens in the smaller communities banking on Vision 2's approval?
"We are obviously disappointed. However, it does not diminish our commitment to this community, to this city and to this county," said Mayor Dewey Bartlett.
Last week, the Mayor said failure to pass Vision 2 Prop. 1 would mean jobs lost at American Airlines.
Still, backers remain committed to making improvements at the airport and keeping those workers here in Tulsa.
Don Walker said, "We are proud of this community and this region. And we'll continue to do our best to grow and to create jobs in Tulsa County."
Meanwhile, folks on the "Vote No" side are pleased with the outcome and know the time will come again when supporters will want to extend 2025.
They tell Channel 8, that's fine. They are not opposed to improvements if they are well-planned.
Ronda Vuillemont-Smith said, "When you throw that much money at a bad product, people still aren't buying it. And I think they feel the same way we did, that it was too rushed and just way too soon."
The Tulsa Zoo had hoped to get a piece of the pie for some new exhibits. So in the future, its CEO hopes for the opportunity again.
Terrie Correll says, "We'll go back and regroup and make another plan and get out there and make sure that our master plan gets implemented."
Vison 2 would have meant millions of dollars in improvements for outlying communities like Glenpool.. where a state-of-the-art sports complex was planned at 161st and Elwood. Vision 2 would have covered $6-million dollars of the cost.
But for now, plans for that "field of dreams" are out.
Mayor Tommy Carner says, "At this point, I don't know. Again, we may look at some other funding. But if that happens it's going to be two or three years down the road minimum for us."
The Mayor of Glenpool is not giving up on the idea of the "mega-sports" complex.
But for now, he's cautious and says the money might be better spent on other city projects in the future.