Jones said he supports making the tax permanent.
“There has been a lot of discussion in Ward 4 about funding permanent positions with temporary tax,” Jones said. “When it comes to public safety, it is an investment in the community.”
Hickman said he supports the tax renewal proposal.
“I think we should fully fund and equip our public safety officers,” Hickman said. “We have a real opportunity with this public safety initiative.”
Hickman said the school resource officers that the measure would support will be a boon to the schools and help keep Norman’s children safe.
Jungman spoke in favor of the Pisces aqautic center project. He also talked about a need for public space on Campus Corner where people can hang out and spend time, which he believes would help generate revenue.
Jones also supports the Pisces project and said the longer we delay, the more costly such projects become.
Hickman said the city’s water solutions should be a multi-phased approach that includes conservation, recharging the aquifer, dealing with the arsenic and chromium issues, and using impact fees to encourage green growth and incentivize gray water use.
Ward 6: “I wondered why it wasn’t permanent to begin with, but I understand the reticence our citizens have about taxes,” Griffith said in favor of the PSST.
“The one thing I also would like to see with that is some kind of commitment from (the) council that it stays public safety,” Lang said. Ballot provisions are designed to protect that money as public safety funds long term.
Lang said he managed 300 franchise restaurants but couldn’t wade through the 499-page city budget and thinks the budget should be more transparent and easy for people to read.
Griffith said to avoid a budget shortfall, the city will have to increase revenue.