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Vision2: A Proposal to Extend Vision 2025 Sales Taxes for Growth and Improvement in Tulsa County

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On today's StudioTulsa, we hear about Vision2, the proposal by Tulsa County to extend the Vision 2025 six-tenths-of-a-penny sales tax that is set to expire in 2017. Vision2 would extend this tax for an additional twelve years, thereby providing about $386 million to fund improvements to City of Tulsa industrial sites located at Tulsa International Airport, about $53 million as a closing fund for infrastructure improvements for companies that are considering relocating to Tulsa County, and finally about $362 million to be split between the county and each municipality within it to pay for infrastructure-related and quality-of-life improvements. The City of Tulsa held its first public meeting about Vision2 last night, and a County-wide vote for this sales-tax package has been scheduled for November 6th. Our guest on ST is County Commissioner John Smaligo, one of the leading proponents of Vision2; he's also the current Chairman of the County Commission, and he's a Republican who represents District 1, or North Tulsa County. (You can learn about this sales-tax proposal at the Vision2 website.)

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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