Tulsa Objects to a $5,000,000 Pipe Line
For over ten years the water system of Tulsa, Okla., has been municipally owned but now there is a movement under way to have the city dispose of the system to private interests on the ground of economy to the taxpayers. The water system would be handled more efficiently and with cheaper service to consumers under private ownership than is now the case, it is argued by some. The movement to dispose of the plant was precipitated by an effort now being made to lay a pipe line from Tulsa to Spavinaw Creek in the Foothills of the Ozarks in Northeastern Oklahoma for the purpose of obtaining a new water supply. Engineers employed by the city have estimated the cost of the pipe line at $5,000,000 but it is believed it would cost much more than this. The estimated value of the water system as it stands is $2,500,000. To dispose of it there will first have to be a referendum taken to ascertain the wishes of the taxpayers on the matter. Tulsa’s tax rate is now 4.34 per cent, and such an outlay would greatly increase the burden of taxation. Whether private concerns would be willing to purchase the plant is another matter to be taken into consideration.