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Tulsa council passes resolution on how to spend relief funds

November 18, 2021 GMT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa City Council has approved a resolution for spending $50.6 million in American Rescue Plan funds.

The resolution approved Wednesday night does not formally allocate the money, which would come at an undetermined future council meeting, according to city spokesperson Carson Colvin.

The money, if approved, would provide funding for public safety, economic development and tourism, justice reform, public health and human services, and public facilities and infrastructure, according to a city statement.

“It has been a long road to recovery after the onset of the pandemic, but we will continue working together with local organizations and Tulsa County to identify the highest and best use of these one-time funds,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum.

The proposal includes more than $9.1 million for the Tulsa Fire Department for fleet and equipment upgrades, $7.1 million for Tulsa police body cameras and housing for its helicopters and $7 million for a new tower at the Tulsa airport.

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The Tulsa Health Department, Oklahoma State University Medical Center, homeless services, addition to parks and museums would also receive funding.

The council previously allocated $17.3 million for employee retention bonuses and stipends, a vaccine incentive program and grants to nonprofit organizations.