“Oklahoma City councilman questions dedicated zoo funding” (News, July 2) includes a quote saying that the city of Oklahoma City “chose to allocate that one-eighth-cent sales tax for our zoo ...” This implies that the Oklahoma City Council made the decision to distribute taxes from the budget.
Actually, the citizens of Oklahoma City voted a tax increase of one-eighth of a cent to be dedicated to the zoo. Prior to the vote, zoo leadership annually went through the city budget process, competing for scarce dollars with other worthy city entities. To stabilize funding and ensure maintenance and improvements, Friends of the Zoo funded and ran a campaign resulting in the affirmative vote of our citizens to raise a special tax specifically for the zoo.
I share this information from firsthand knowledge: My late husband, Ron Rosser, led the campaign as a volunteer and active Zoological Society member and zoo trustee. The zoo tax enables the Oklahoma City Zoo to continue to be one of the finest in the United States with nearly a million visitors each year from all over the world.
Linda Kennedy Rosser, Oklahoma City