Tomorrow we go to the polls to vote for the Tulsa County River tax proposal. A lot has already been written on this subject, but I thought I’d cap off my coverage on the top 5 reasons I’m voting no.
- Roads, Roads, Roads. Tulsa’s roads are atrocious. This city of Tulsa needs that tax money to fix this problem. Sales tax is the only real way they can fund road construction, and because our sales tax is reaching the upper limit of what our community can bear; raising this tax limits Tulsa's options. It is precisely this reason that I oppose all county sales tax increases.
- I don’t trust our county leaders. After the shameful closing of Bells, the IVI toll bridge deal, and Vision 2025, I can’t see any reason to voluntarily hand this county a another penny of my money. (or in this case 4-tenths of a penny).
- As I alluded to before, the sales tax in Tulsa is already too high. If this passes it will be higher than NYC and Chicago, both regarded has having very high sales tax.
- We already voted for the dams in Vision 2025. They need to secure the federal matching funds needed to build these dams so that they can be built without a tax increase.
- I’m not buying what the County is selling with regards to the proposed benefits of this plan. It is just a few dams and retail. I fail to see how this will drastically improve our economy and bring jobs. I think the economic impact of this plan is being drastically overstated.
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