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Norman, Oklahoma

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Norman is one of the five largest cities in Oklahoma.

Website evaluation

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The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 4 years.[1]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[2]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[3]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 5 years.[4]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 4 years.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[6]
    • Meeting video and podcasts are available.[7]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2008 are available.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[9]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by City Clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[10]
    • A public records form is provided by the City Clerk.[11]
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[12]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[13]
  • Lobbying
    • The city discloses it's a member of Norman Chamber of Commerce and membership dues for associations available.[14]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[15]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[16]

The bad

  • Contracts
    • Approved contract statements are not available for vendors above $10,000.

Introduction

Norman is the largest city in and the county seat of Cleveland County in the state of Oklahoma, and is part of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2006, the city was estimated to have 102,827 full-time residents.

City Council

Norman operates under a council-manager form of government.The city council is the policy making body of city government. The city council appoints the city manager who directs Norman's day-to-day activities. The council members are elected for two year terms and represent the eight wards within Norman. The mayor is elected at-large by the entire community and serves a three term.

Administrative Officials

The City of Norman has eleven departments which perform unique functions within the city government. These departments oversee and implement the services and programs of City Hall. The City of Norman employs over 650 people who staff these eleven departments.

Norman, Oklahoma's city manager is Steve Lewis

Spending

2013 Adopted Budget[17]
Total Combined Fund Revenues FYE '10 Actual FYE '11 Actual FYE '12 Budget FYE '12 Est. FYE '13 Projected
Sales Tax $53,529,772 9.0% $58,345,417 -0.6% $58,018,682 3.8% $60,244,334 4.0% $62,637,805
Property Tax 6,111,415 25.7% 7,684,537 -23.9% 5,848,000 0.0% 5,848,000 80.8% 10,575,794
Other Taxes 12,908,319 -20.2% 10,298,017 36.2% 14,022,341 -18.5% 11,427,439 2.4% 11,697,272
Fees, User Charges & Fines 40,774,870 4.5% 42,610,054 3.1% 43,949,806 -0.1% 43,913,017 -1.1% 43,432,128
Federal Funds 5,804,272 -33.6% 3,855,498 -60.8% 1,512,334 231.6% 5,014,193 -61.1% 1,950,417
State Funds 115,396 -16.9% 95,931 -100.0% - 0.0% 399,577 -100.0% -
Interest Income 896,658 -15.5% 757,981 11.5% 845,500 0.8% 851,971 -1.8% 836,415
Cost Allocations 5,041,938 1.5% 5,119,455 -15.6% 4,318,953 0.0% 4,318,953 8.9% 4,701,274
Internal Services 6,832,172 -2.6% 6,651,708 190.9% 19,346,497 -60.3% 7,680,544 7.7% 8,272,163
Interfund Transfers 11,626,782 21.0% 14,071,088 -37.2% 8,833,121 95.4% 17,263,784 -39.7% 10,416,320
Bond/Loan Proceeds 6,536,057 184.1% 18,566,525 -18.1% 15,200,000 0.0% 19,854,072 0.0% 42,075,000
Other 1,848,809 69.9% 3,140,757 -56.1% 1,380,011 895.9% 13,743,770 -3.9% 13,207,371
Total $152,026,460 12.6% 171,196,968 1.2% 173,275,245 10.0% 190,559,654 10.1% 209,801,959
Total Combined Fund Expenditures
Salary/Benefits 62,030,187 0.4% 62,249,208 7.1% 66,692,643 -0.8% 66,170,479 3.5% 68,495,293
Supplies/Materials 7,805,271 9.8% 8,573,958 20.6% 10,337,351 8.2% 11,188,225 -5.7% 10,546,386
Services/Maintenance 14,735,384 -0.4% 14,675,278 95.1% 28,628,213 -39.0% 17,453,103 10.5% 19,282,749
Internal Services 4,542,240 -13.3% 3,938,552 14.1% 4,491,998 4.0% 4,672,131 7.0% 4,999,368
Capital Equipment 6,254,753 -35.6% 4,029,897 36.4% 5,498,367 39.4% 7,662,965 7.8% 8,262,481
Capital Projects 32,654,637 15.9% 37,834,601 5.2% 39,813,472 107.0% 82,399,324 -40.7% 48,832,291
Interfund Transfers 11,626,782 21.0% 14,071,088 -37.2% 8,833,121 95.4% 17,263,784 -39.7% 10,416,320
Cost Allocation Charges 4,976,542 2.2% 5,088,404 -15.8% 4,284,873 13.1% 4,845,434 -3.7% 4,667,194
Federal Grants 2,596,681 16.7% 3,030,385 -50.1% 1,512,584 255.8% 5,381,770 -63.8% 1,950,417
Debt Service 8,014,837 17.3% 9,403,064 26.9% 11,927,904 -14.4% 10,212,788 47.5% 15,062,108
Other 510,624 108.2% 1,062,893 0.8% 1,071,653 1051.5% 12,340,177 0.9% 12,455,812
Total 155,747,938 5.3% 163,957,328 11.7% 183,092,179 30.9% 239,590,180 -14.4% 204,970,419
Net Difference (3,721,478) 7,239,640 (9,816,934) (49,030,526) 4,831,540

Lobbying

See also: Oklahoma government sector lobbying


So far in 2012, Norman, OK has spent $10,000 on lobbying. In 2011 the city spent $80,000. In previous years, the spending has gone as high as $140,000.[18]

Tax hikes

The city council was recently criticized for proposing to lower water pressure after constituents voted against utility rate hikes.[19]


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