New Task Force Will Look at Public Safety Tax

Aug 1, 2014

The City of Tulsa is assembling a task force to discuss a public safety tax that would pay for more police.
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The city of Tulsa will put together a task force to look at a public safety tax and how to spend it.

The first meeting will be Aug. 21, but who will be on the task force is still up in the air. City Councilor Skip Steele proposed having representatives from several entities on the task force.

"The mayor's office, the council, the Fraternal Order of Police, the firefighters, the firefighters union, the police union — when I say the police department, that would include the 9-1-1 center," Steele said.

Councilor Blake Ewing, however, favors an approach similar to the one taken by the river task force.

"Are we going to end up with a bunch of people, all sitting at the same table, who don't care what each other have to say because it's not specific to their area?" Ewing said. "Or can we just meet with the mayor and councilors, and then one week it's something related to fire, one week it's something related to law enforcement, and the next week it's related to traffic?"

Councilors considered Aug. 7 or 14 for the first meeting but scheduling conflicts pushed it back.