Historic downtown Pawhuska, the center of Osage County and one of the most historic places in Oklahoma must be preserved and businesses developed that encourage future growth and tourism. Last evening the Pawhuska Chamber made the bold move of opposing the moving of the courthouse from its current historic location and a hike in sales tax. Also opposed was the development of Section 8 housing in the Historic downtown business core.
Both of these ambitious plans are being 'hurried' along so as to not draw too much public scrutiny and attention.
Although normally I use this blog to discuss art and optimistic love for my adopted hometown, today I am asking my readers to consider these plans, and let there voices be heard. We MUST take the future of downtown Pawhuska into our own hands and work for it's successful development to increase jobs, the economy and strengthen our tax base. Neither of these proposals will do this.
So, I am asking you, as a business downtown, as a neighbor and as a citizen to contact the Osage County Commissioners and the Industrial Authority to voice a loud NO to both these proposals. Working together we can and WILL change Pawhuska into an arts destination and tourist center. The time is not 'if' we change our town, but WHEN.
Thank you all for your love and support of historic downtown Pawhuska.
Musings by Bruce Carter, Owner/Curator of Tallgrass Art Gallery