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After Hearing 130 Vision Proposals in Recent Weeks, the Tulsa City Council Must Now Narrow Them Down

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Aired on Monday, September 21st.

The proposals for the City of Tulsa's Vision sales-tax extension are all now in, and those proposals are many and varied. Some are, indeed, visionary; others seem fanciful. Some are familiar; others seem quite novel. All of the proposals -- there were more than 130 in total -- address perceived needs of one kind or another in our community, and taken together, they tally more than $2 billion in spending. Now comes the difficult task of narrowing down the numerous needs, goals, and desires in these proposals to a coherent set of projects that will be put before voters in April of next year. How exactly will this narrowing-down occur? And what will this process entail? Our guest on ST speaks to these questions: Anna America represents District 7 on the Tulsa City Council. As a co-chair of Council's Vision Task Force, she's heard all of the proposals that were made over the summer, and she tells us about the course that the Council will take (with ample public input in the mix, to be sure) in order to consolidate or winnow these proposals.

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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