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What the CIP Will And Won't Pay For

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It's a ballot question worth nearly a billion dollars, and with it come questions as to how it will be spent.

"Well, there's always confusion about taxes and what we're spending money on," said Tulsa city councilor David Patrick.

"Some people think, you know, they want to see operational costs paid for in this package and it can't really be that," Tulsa resident Stephen Lassiter.

"It really is for bricks and mortar, material, cars, trucks, equipment," said Mayor Dewey Bartlett.

"It's not paying for any salaries, so it's not going to unfortunately help out our police department, that comes out of our general fund." said Tulsa city councilor Karen Gilbert.

"It has to be spent on capital items like streets, water, sewer, buildings, bricks, and mortar, that sort of thing," said Patrick.

"This can't pay for cops, this can't pay for bus drivers, this can't pay for those types of things, but it can pay for busses, it can pay for police cars," said Lassiter.

A basic breakdown for a billion dollar decision.

"And just remember that this is a continuation of the tax that you pay now. It's not a new tax. It's exactly what you're paying now, all we're doing is just pushing this out and it's probably going to be an estimated about a six year program," said Patrick.

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