The City of Tulsa saw an eventful and productive Fiscal Year 2019-2020, with 28 voter-approved capital projects completed using funds from sales taxes and general obligation bonds (city’s share of property tax). The fiscal year began on July 1, 2019 and ended on June 30, 2020.
The citizen volunteers on the Sales Tax Overview Committee, or STOC, oversee how the voter-approved funds are spent and ensure that the projects are completed as promised. The committee meets publicly on the fourth Tuesday of each month. They publish an annual report that is distributed with November utility bills. This report also is available online.
Totaling over $103 million, capital projects completed in Fiscal Year 2019-2020 included arterial and non-arterial street rehabilitation, as well as the launch of the new Tulsa Transit Aero Bus Rapid Transit route on Peoria Avenue. Lacy Park received several improvements – playground, pool and water playground, and other playgrounds were constructed at Crawford Park, Hunter Park, Helmerich Park and the Tulsa Zoo.
The Police Department replaced its helicopter and the Fire Department bought new engines. Several Vision Tulsa economic development projects were completed: Tulsa Community College Student Success Center, Air National Guard Mission Training Center, Community Health Connection Ochoa Clinic, and a new barn at Tulsa Fairgrounds.
“These completed projects represented our Improve Our Tulsa, Tulsa Vision, and 2014 General Obligation Bond funds at work, and they provided significant improvements to the citizens of Tulsa in the areas of public safety, transportation, and city parks, just to name a few,” said Ashley Webb, chairman of the Sales Tax Overview Committee. “The STOC would like to encourage all Tulsans to view a comprehensive list of the projects completed in FY 2019-2020 on the City of Tulsa’s STOC website, or via the link provided each citizen in our annual report circulated in your November City of Tulsa utility bill.”