BY WAYNE GREENE World Senior Writer
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
5/2/2012 3:06:33 AM
A proposed popular culture museum for downtown Tulsa won't need any state funding to operate, according to a pre-design study being distributed to state lawmakers.
Museum backers are seeking a one-time $42.5 million state bond issue to finance construction of the project.
While they don't make the comparison, the contrasts to the half-built state Native American Cultural Center in Oklahoma City are obvious.
The cultural center has been the beneficiary of three state bond issues totaling $63 million and millions more in city and federal funding. The Oklahoma City project is asking lawmakers for another $40 million bond issue this year.
The authority that is building the facility has already gotten $35.4 million in state appropriations since 1997, including about $30 million over the money to finance the facility's debt, according to Office of State Finance records... FULL ARTICLE
Wed, May 2, 2012
by John Cox