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November 08, 2012

Oklahoma voters reject sales-tax package that would have helped American's Tulsa maintenance facility

Tulsa county voters rejected a sales-tax measure on Tuesday that would have benefited American Airlines' maintenance facility in Tulsa.

According to the Tulsa World, county residents voted against a proposition totalling $386.88 million that would have improved three city-owned industrial site, with the majority of the money improving American's maintenance facility.

The sales-tax package, known as Vision2, would have funded retrofitting hangars to accomodate larger planes in American's fleet, test cells for larger jet engines and ramp improvements. The 0.6 percent Vision2 tax would have run from 2017 until 2029.

American's management and labor unions had publicly supported the Vision2 project, contributing a combined $77,500 to the half-million dollar campaign to pass the sales-tax, the Tulsa World reported.

-Andrea Ahles

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M. Clemens

Finally Tulsa has shown some sense in its dealings with American Airlines. This company has shown over the years that its word can not be trusted. Aliance was supposed to have more than 3,000 workers to justify the tax abatement set up but AA has never had anywhere near that many people working there. Fort Worth got the short end of the stick. Everyone that does business with AA always gets the short end. They are NOT a good business partner for ANY city. If any deals are made with AA it should be in writing with strong penalties should American not live up to its end if the agreement.

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