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Final Improve Our Tulsa Ballot Language Approved; Tulsans to Vote August 8 on Capital Funding Package Aimed to Improve Streets, City Assets, Housing and Neighborhoods

This article was archived on 8/9/2023

This evening, the Tulsa City Council voted to approve ballot language for Improve Our Tulsa, an $814 million funding package that will not raise taxes, but fund critical improvements to identified City facilities and sites while also providing capital funding for public safety equipment, street maintenance and housing and neighborhoods.

Tulsans will have a chance on August 8, 2023, to vote on the measure.

"I am thankful for the collaborative effort it took to put forth this ballot measure, and I want to thank the Tulsa City Council and everyone in our community who helped get us to this point,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said. “If approved by voters in August, this renewal will fund basic infrastructure improvements like streets and public safety vehicles, maintenance of public buildings, and assistance to get those in need off the streets.”

This round of Improve Our Tulsa was developed through input from members of the City, the Tulsa City Council and the public. 

"I am pleased that Tulsa voters will have the opportunity to weigh in to continue street maintenance, increase the availability of housing, and provide much-needed updates to City facilities,” District 3 City Councilor and Chair of the Tulsa City Council said. “Renewing this funding package will Improve Our Tulsa for all, including residents, City employees, and visitors." 

In March, Mayor Bynum presented a draft plan to the Tulsa City Council. In April and May, the City held three town halls at various locations to hear from the public on what they thought of the draft plan. 

Using feedback from the public and from members of the Tulsa City Council, an additional $42 million was added to the draft plan through the addition of a bond issuance that aligns with the final year of the proposed sales tax. The addition, which also does not raise taxes, brings the Improve Our Tulsa total to $814 million – the final number that will be reflected on ballots in August. 

Funding highlights include: 

For more information and to see the complete list of projects included in Improve Our Tulsa,