Editorial: Wrong projects for a tax increase

Should Gilcrease Museum raise its admission rates to repair potholes?

Should Langston University raise its tuition to widen South Sheridan Road?

Should BMX charge its members higher rates to build sewer line extensions in Tulsa?

Should OSU-Tulsa raise student fees to pay for new waterlines in East Tulsa?

Should Tulsa Community College end its free tuition program so it can pay for fire protection in West Tulsa?

Should the Tulsa PAC raise its ticket prices to build a new fire station?

Should public schools in Tulsa, Jenks and Union districts cut teacher pay so Tulsa can hire more policemen?

The answer to all of these questions is no, no, no.

And yet, Tulsa city leaders want to raise sales taxes for citizens to pay for projects that benefit public schools, museums, public universities, military installations, private companies and more – all of which are not supposed to be funded by city revenues.

Tulsa voters will get a chance to reject this $884,000,000.00 sales tax increase on April 5.

It is unbelievable that while Tulsa’s sales tax is declining, Mayor Dewey Bartlett and all nine city councilors want to increase the sales tax.

And this is especially damaging in light of an effort to put a 1-cent state sales tax increase on the November ballot.

It’s obvious that Tulsa had added projects for public schools ($24,500,000.00), public colleges (about $25,170,00.00), private businesses ($15,000,000.00), museums ($98,000,000.00) and others to buy votes. This has been done in the past to get yes votes but historically, funds were used to buy votes for streets, sewers, bridges, waterlines – things a city should finance.

This $884,000,000.00 sales tax increase has $45 million for streets.

Vote no, no, no on April 5.