Although details are not final, City of Tulsa elected officials are exploring project possibilities for a potential $917.9 million capital improvement funding package that would go to voters this November. Funding sources include extensions of third-penny and 0.167-cent sales taxes and issuance of general obligation bonds. Projects would include street repairs, other street-related projects and capital needs such as facility repairs. This new funding package will replace the previous 2008 Fix Our Streets program, which expires in 2014.
The renovation of Central Library is currently listed for as a potential project for this funding package and would receive $10 million. The projected total cost of Central’s renovation is $47.8 million, half of which will come from private donations. Tulsa City-County Library is committed to a public-private funding mix for this important project.
However, the list of projects for the City’s funding package has not been finalized so it is important that residents share their passion about our community’s need for a modern, 21st century library.
You have a voice so make it heard! Here ways to do so by contacting your City Councilor and attending public input meetings to share your feelings about the importance of a modern Central Library for Tulsa.
- Speak Up: Visit http://www.tulsacouncil.org/ to find and contact your City Councilor to express your opinion.
- Show Up: Attend one or more of the following public meetings to learn more and also to voice your feelings:
- Tuesday, July 16, 6 p.m. -- Hardesty Regional Library -- 8316 E. 93rd St.
- Tuesday, July 30, 6.15 p.m. -- Garnett Assembly of God -- 2930 S. Garnett Road
- Monday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m. -- OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center, Auditorium -- 4502 E. 41st St.
- Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6 p.m. -- Rudisill Regional Library -- 1520 N. Hartford
- Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6 p.m. -- Carbondale Assembly of God -- 2135 W. 51st St. (across from Zarrow Regional Library)