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From "Fix Our Streets" To "Bread & Butter"

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It's become the unofficial city color - orange, a flood of it across Tulsa as the Fix Our Streets initiative has pumped $450 million into battered roads as it nears the end of it's own road.

"What's expiring is the 2008 Fix Our Streets program," said Tulsa city councilor GT Bynum, laying the groundwork for a campaign that will ask residents to extend the current tax that pays for it.

"It will be the exact same level of taxation, it's simply continuing the tax level that was put in place," he said. 

But this package will cover more than just streets. Things like police and fire equipment will also be included.

"This is basic bread and butter local government stuff, there's no fluff here," he said.

Initial reaction out on the street.

"I'm for that, I don't have a problem with that at all," said one woman.

A vibe of positivity.

"Yes, I would say yes," said one man.

But hold on, Vision 2 was a tax extension also, and that didn't go over too well.

"I actually vote for it, but then you know when I started hearing some more of the reasoning why people voted against it, cause they thought there wasn't enough thought process behind it, I kind of understood that, so you could almost say I was almost, I kinda wanted to take it back after I voted for it," said Nathan Sigmon. 

That uneasiness is what city officials do not want associated with this next initiative, so expect to hear a lot about it over the next year.

"There's going to be public involvement to the extent that by the time that this is on the ballot, people are going to be sick of hearing about it and are going to be ready to vote on it," said Bynum.

The Fix Our Streets and other stuff campaign, ready to launch as soon as they come up with a new name for it..

"It's so bread and butter, we don't even have a catchy name yet," laughed Bynum.

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