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Devon, Oklahoma City face TIF for tat

Ben Fenwick December 11th, 2008

Few express more optimism about Devon Energy's proposed downtown skyscraper than former mayor Kirk Humphreys. Humphreys, who is chairman of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education, said t...

n which Humphreys reported to the board, but the item was not on the agenda, so it was not voted upon:

"There was no formal place on the agenda to talk or make any motion or anything like that. It was just discussed under board member comments."

Repeated requests for an interview with OKCPS Superintendent Karl Springer were denied, as was a request for the agenda and minutes.

Robert Jamison, deputy director of  the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, said his board agreed to support the TIF for economic reasons " if without voting for it.

"If we had access to those incremental increase tax revenues, we could increase services. But that may occur anyway as we go forward," Jamison said. "Devon is investing so much into our community, it's gotta have a trickle-down effect to us somehow. But we may have to bite the bullet a little bit to get through that. I don't know."

Hugh Rice, chairman of the Metropolitan Library System's commission, echoed the hope.

"I was there at the (TIF review board) vote, and the vote was unanimous," Rice said. "We give up tax revenue to put into what I'll call the "

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