Skip to comments.How Dewey Bartlett Balanced Tulsa's Budget without Raising Taxes
Posted on 12/10/2012 1:30:23 PM PST by FreedomPoster
Video is here.
When Mayor Dewey Bartlett took office on December 7, 2009, Tulsa, Oklahoma was in its worst budget crisis since the Great Depression.
"We would have probably had to file for bankruptcy," Bartlett tells Reason TV. "It certainly got us focused on how to run a government better."
With a $10 million budget shortfall and employee compensation spiraling out of control, thinkng about layoffs was just the beginning. Bartlett schooled himself about the budget and decided to focus "on things a government really should do and also make a decision on what a government really doesn't need to do." He reformed pay for police and firemen, sold unused vehicles and property, and privatized some city services, including the city's zoo.
"Many times, decisions are made to cut everybody's budget, and not specific portions of the budget that really aren't necessary," he says.
Reason TV talked with Bartlett in his office to talk about how to balance a city's budget without raising taxes.
About 6 minutes. Interview by Len Gilroy and Sharif Matar, who filmed, edited, and produced the video.
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Ping. Video is worthwhile. We need lots more of this, and lots less of what we have running most of our cities.
I didn’t see the video, but the biggest factor was a few large cities were forced by a Democratic governor to have unions. The new Republican governor rescinded that stupid law and viola! Dewy is not the sharpest knife in the draw but the citizens keep him on a short leash.
Well, let’s not get carried away with Dewey’s virtues. He’s still a big supporter of the Tulsa Metro Chamber which is a group dedicated to spending taxpayer money on grandiose schemes (building condos and restaurants in the middle of the Arkansas River) and so-called economic development (the kind of Soviet 5-year plans that Republicans embrace).
Tulsa, like every city and town in the US, needs to return government to its proper role - public safety and maintaining and improving the roads. Instead, every burg has at least one employee who gets to travel and wine and dine business people in an attempt to bribe them to relocate. Government should not be picking winners and losers in business. How the chamber-of-commerce types convinced people that they know how to plan a city and an economy better than the free market, is beyond me. It’s a racket and an expensive failure.