Mayors in 10 Oklahoma cities have submitted more than $1.7 billion in projects they hope to have funded from an economic stimulus plan working its way through Congress. The state’s two largest cities have requested the bulk of the money: Oklahoma City with $501 million and Tulsa with $944 million. If funded, those projects are expected to create more than 10,000 jobs. Congressional Democrats unveiled an $825 billion economic stimulus package last week. Its size drew quick criticism from Republican leaders. The Washington-based U.S. Conference of Mayors compiled the wish list. It includes projects for roads, public transit, water, schools and libraries from across the nation. The list, part of a 344-page report, was released Saturday.
The city’s perspective"I don’t think the list that you send in now has a whole lot to do with what ultimately they choose, other than it’s giving Congress an idea of the size of the need,” Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said. The city manager and department heads helped compile Oklahoma City’s list of projects. Cornett expects Congress to divide the stimulus money by population, meaning that Oklahoma communities shouldn’t get too hopeful about receiving a large share of the funds. "When you’re at the municipal level, you’re either at the spending end or the receiving end,” Cornett said. "We act extremely conservative on the spending end. At the receiving end, it’s your citizens whose tax money has gone to Washington. It’s your job to make sure the citizens’ money is returned and it’s spent wisely and efficiently.” Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor said leaders there tried to include projects that would benefit the region’s infrastructure and promote economic recovery. More than 50 people from local government, education and transportation shaped Tulsa’s requests, she said. Mayors from Norman, Ponca City, Muskogee, Moore, Sand Springs, Midwest City, Edmond and Sapulpa also submitted their project lists to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Database of more than 220 submissions in Oklahoma
|Tulsa||$944 million||5,348 expected jobs|
|Oklahoma City||$501 million||5,481 expected jobs|
|Norman||$86 million||611 expected jobs|
|Ponca City||$73 million||490 expected jobs|
|Muskogee||$41 million||334 expected jobs|
|Moore||$38 million||353 expected jobs|
|Sand Springs||$25 million||504 expected jobs|
|Midwest City||$21 million||71 expected jobs|
|Edmond||$10 million||100 expected jobs|
|Sapulpa||$6 million||35 expected jobs|