Owasso, Oklahoma

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Owasso is a city in Rogers and Tulsa counties in the state of Oklahoma, and a northern suburb of Tulsa. The population was 18,502 at the 2000 census, but was estimated to be at 26,352 in 2007.

Website evaluation

In 2011 Owasso earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score. See also: Evaluation of Oklahoma city websites

This website was most recently evaluated on an unknown date.

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 10 years.
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 10 years.[4]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[5]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2008-2009 are available.[6]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.[7]
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the city clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[8]
    • A public records form is provided..
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[9]
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[11]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[12]

Website Upgrade

The Owasso City Manager, Rodney Ray reported that after getting a perfect score on Sunshine Review the city "actually tripled the amount of information that's available to our citizens online."[13] Of Sunshine Review's checklist Ray said, "It does set the bar high but it makes us really aware of what our responsibilities are."[14]

City Council

The City of Owasso operates under a politically stable council/city manager form of government, wherein the council is the legislative body. It passes ordinances, adopts the annual budget, and sets policy. The City Manager has full responsibility for the day-to-day administrative functions of the government.

The Owasso City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Old Central, 109 N Birch (unless otherwise posted). Council Study Sessions are held on the second Tuesday at 6:00 pm at various city facilities (call for locations.)


Owasso's sales tax is actually made up of three separate taxes; the state tax, the city tax, and the county tax. The state tax is 4.5%. The city tax is 3%. The county tax is 1.017%. Total Sales Tax for Owasso is 8.517%.[15]

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