Letter to the Editor: Too rushed
BY Robert J. Beck, Tulsa
Sunday, September 23, 2012
9/23/12 at 3:20 AM
There appears to be a "rush to judgment" with regard to the extension of the sales tax. Under the new proposal, the tax will not take effect and the money will not be collected until 2017. Projects will not be started for at least five years. Why is there a need to vote now for a tax and for needs that will not be met for another five years? There is no urgency to make this decision at this time.
Nobody can predict the needs and priorities of the cities and county that far into the future. The cities and county will be led by other officials and the needs undoubtedly will have changed.
Except for a few special interests, the use of the funds and the economic benefits have been poorly defined and poorly communicated to the voting public.
Supporters of this proposal should have made the effort to adequately evaluate and describe the needs and urgency and adequately inform the voters.
This gives the appearance of a hard-sell sales job and/or incompetence. I would urge voters to vote no at this time and demand that future proposals be better prepared if the officials want support.
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Proposed Vision2 projects include Arkansas River developments and downtown Tulsa projects. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World file