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Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 45th-largest in the United States. With an estimated population of 384,037 in 2007, it is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 905,755 residents projected to reach one million between 2010 and 2012. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County, the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, and extends into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

Introduction

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 46th-largest city in the United States. With a population of 391,906 as of the 2010 census, it is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, a region with 937,478 (2010) residents in the MSA and 988,454 (2010) in the CSA. Tulsa's CSA is projected to reach one million between 2010 and 2012. The city serves as the county seat of Tulsa County the most densely populated county in Oklahoma, and extends into Osage, Rogers, and Wagoner counties.

Elected Officials

The current city council members.[1]

The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City. In this capacity, the Mayor has all executive and administrative powers conferred on the City by the State Constitution and the laws of Oklahoma. The Mayor is not a member of the City Council.[2]

Dewey Bartlett Jr. currently serves as Mayor.

Administrative Officials

The Tulsa website provides information on public employees, including union collective bargaining information[3]

Budget

The FY 12 total budget is $649,313,000 – a 15 percent increase from the original FY 11 amount. The operating budget is $576,143,000 and the Capital Improvements budget totals $73,170,000. The operating budget is increasing by 10 percent and the capital budget is up 76 percent from FY 11. FY 12 revenue projections total $617,618,000.[4]

Taxes

Inside the City limits of Tulsa, the sales tax is 8.517%. Of this, the State of Oklahoma receives 4.5%, Tulsa County receives 1.017%, and the City receives 3%.[5]

The City has five major tax categories and collectively they provide 54% of the projected revenue. Sales tax at 3% (2% to general fund and 1% to capital fund), Use tax is 3%, Franchise tax/right-of-way user fees, hotel/motel tax at 5% and Ad Valorem tax sufficient to pay for the principal and interest on bond indebtedness and any court judgments against the City.[5]

Lobbying

See also: Oklahoma government sector lobbying


The City of Tulsa does not retain the services of a private lobbyist. The City is a member of the Oklahoma Municipal League, the United States Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities, and the Tulsa Metro Chamber of Commerce. Each of these organizations do advocate on behalf of their members at the Federal and State levels of government on issues, some of which are of interest to the City of Tulsa.[6]


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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Oklahoma city websites

This website was most recently evaluated on November 27, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • Current budget is published.[7]
    • Budget is archived for at least three years[8]
  • Agendas
    • Agendas and minutes for city council meetings are posted.[9] They are also available for at least three years.
  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with email addresses in their individual profiles.[10]
    • The general office address and phone number is given.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials and department heads are listed with their emails.[11][2]
    • The general office address and phone number is given.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits and zoning information provided.[12]
  • Audits
    • Annual financial audits are published.[13]
  • Contracts
    • Information on city contracts is available.[14]
    • Bids over $10,000 are posted[15]
  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Taxes and tax revenue are broken down on the "Balancing Budget" page.[18]
    • Includes info on the 3rd penny sales tax extension.[19] Sales tax and other tax information is also available.[20]

The bad

  • Elected Officials
    • Direct numbers are not listed for elected officials
  • Administrative Officials
    • No direct phone numbers are listed for administrative officials

External links

References