Tulsa, OK – Tulsa City Councilor Jack Henderson found little support among fellow councilors for a one-cent public safety sales tax. He urged the council to place the proposal on the ballot and let citizens decided.
The tax would generate about $67-million dollars for the city coffers.
Other councilors expressed fear the proposal would cause more people to shop outside of Tulsa. They also discussed the regressive nature of sale taxes.
Oklahoma City, OK – State revenue collections in January improved slightly and are more closely tracking projections made by the Tax Commission in December, State Treasurer Scott Meacham announced today.
Preliminary reports show General Revenue Fund collections in January are $410.4 million. That amount is:
$82.4 million or 16.7 percent below the prior year; and, $107.6 million or 20.8 percent below the estimate.
Tulsa, OK – The City of Tulsa is petitioning the federal government to re-purpose a federal grant. If approved, Acting Police Chief Chuck Jordan would be able to rehire 35-of the laid-off police officers. The effort is being delayed because the federal government is closed because of severe winter weather in Washington, D.C.
Jordan says if approved he will re-establish his traffic enforcement units. The officers were laid-off because of city budget cuts,
Tulsa, OK – The National Weather Service has CANCELED the Winter Storm Warning for the Tulsa area. Temperatures are well above freezing. Little or NO additional snow accumulation is expected in the Tulsa area.
Sand Springs, OK – The state Office of Juvenile Affairs would be required to pay for remediation of the L.E. Rader Center property in Sand Springs once the facility is closed under legislation advanced today.
House Bill 2691, by state Rep. Lucky Lamons, would require the Office of Juvenile Affairs to pay for complete site remediation after closure.
Tulsa, OK – Like so many Tulsans, paramedics are not happy to see more snow falling. However, EMSA is prepared to respond. EMSA's operations team has been carefully watching meteorologists' reports since late last week. Resources like ice melt and additional windshield wiper blades remain in good supply at EMSA, since the late January blast wasn't as bad as expected. EMSA plans to use blue tape again, to mark stranded and vehicles that have been checked, in an effort to reduce unnecessary, duplicate ambulance responses. (This will occur only if conditions warrant - i.e.
Tulsa, OK – Okla., poultry companies file last motions
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The state of Oklahoma argues that poultry companies sued by Oklahoma in 2005 should be prohibited from allowing poultry waste to be applied on fields in the Illinois River watershed beyond a certain amount.
Eight minutes after that motion was filed Friday night in federal court at Tulsa, the poultry companies submitted their own lengthy document arguing for denial of an injunction requested by the state.