The city councils of Tulsa and Oklahoma City held a historic joint session on Sept. 6, two months before Tulsa County voters will decide the fate of a $748.8 million captital improvements plan. At the meeting, the Tulsans sought advice from their Oklahoma City counterparts on how to replicate what three MAPS inititiatives have done to enhance the quality of life here.
Tulsa is catching up with the capital city in public investments and, unlike MAPS, major capital improvements plans in the Tulsa area are handled countywide rather than citywide.
Also of note is that Tulsa County has a model jail while Oklahoma County faces a federal takeover of jail operations unless expensive improvements are made. A countywide initiative is needed to address the jail here. Oklahoma County is nearly alone among counties in this state without a sales tax.
Perhaps leaders here could use some advice from Tulsans on how to pass a countywide sales tax measure for the jail.