Tri County Tech supports economic development and understands the value of Tax Increment Financing – known as TIFs – to bring jobs to Bartlesville. Tri County Tech leadership has worked with the City Council on the approval of many TIFs over the last 10 years.
However, use of TIFs should be judicious, appropriately follow the law, and not rob schools of funding when Oklahoma schools are suffering. The Eastland TIF that Bartlesville has proposed violates this criteria.
ADVOCATE: If you oppose diverting more than $960,000 from Bartlesville education and core city and county services, contact your City Council by Monday, April 24.
Dale Copeland, Mayor, Ward 1
John Kane, Vice Mayor, Ward 2
Jim Curd, Jr., Ward 3
Alan Gentges, Ward 4
Dr. Joseph Callahan, Ward 5
- This proposed TIF will hijack funds from a depleted education system to pay for something someone wants – a state highway. There are good reasons to use TIF districts; a state highway isn’t one of them.
- The proposal would finance the $400,000 project for up to 15 years, ultimately diverting over $960,000 from education and core city and county services.
- This improperly-implemented TIF district is asking Bartlesville Public Schools, Tri County Tech, Washington County, Washington County Health Department, and the City of Bartlesville to pay for a turn lane and turn signal on state highway 75.
- According to Mr. Wells, owner of Eastland Center, Chick-fil-A’s and Hobby Lobby’s commitments to develop in this area are not contingent upon the establishment of a new TIF district. There is no incentive to Chick-fil-A or Hobby Lobby for this TIF.
VIDEO: Tri County Tech leadership presents to Board
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