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Ostrander (left) has a discussion, after the Chamber meeting, with Wilbert Collins
(Tulsa County Commissioner), Steve Sewell (Deputy Tulsa Mayor), and Mike Tinker
(Collinsville City Manager).
After a meal provided
by DG&S and prepared by Sexton's Bar-B-Q, the Chamber was statused on
several on-going topics: Aug. 12th Teacher Appreciation Breakfast; Tri-County
Fair; Sept. 13th Founders Day (merchants will be selling chances for a Branson
trip); Basket Sale in October; and progress on moving the Chamber into their
The decision that Tulsa
County voters will make on September 9th (on Vision 2025) was the main topic
of the meeting. A short video and words from Collinsville, Tulsa County and
Tulsa City officials indicate that the election in about 4 weeks will be a
major turing point in the future of this region. The decision will be to approve
or reject individually the four components of an additional one cent sales
tax for 13 years.
The video cited Oklahoma
City as an example of a decision several years ago that turned a "ditch"
into a successful economic boom (the Bricktown area).
Wilbert Collins, Tulsa
County Commissioner, stressed that the benefits of this Vision 2025 plan would
be county-wide (not just Tulsa). He (& others) stressed the regional impact
on employment by gains or losses in jobs corresponding to Boeing and America
Airlines decisions which might be influenced by the September 9th vote. Mr.
Collins stated that approving this tax was an opprotunity to help this region
move into the 21st century. Mr. Collins also expressed a fear that if local
regions didn't use their local sales taxes for future growth, they might eventually
lose their control to a national level sales tax process.
Steve Sewell, Deputy Tulsa
Mayor, stressed both the infrastructure improvement and jobs aspect of the
Vision 2025 plan. Mr. Sewell wanted voters to know that if they did approve
the Boeing proposition and Boeing does not come for any reason, that 4/10th
cent would not be collected. Steve cited thousands of jobs that hang in the
balance depending on Boeing and American Airlines futures in this region.
Collinsville stands to
directly gain about $3 million (for City Hall rebuild and school funding)
in addition to the indirect regional gains in infrastructure and jobs.
-- Ted Wright 8/8/2003