Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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General information
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Mayor:Dewey Bartlett Jr.
Last mayoral election:2013
Next mayoral election:2017
Last city council election:November 4, 2014
Next city council election:2017
City council seats:9
2014-15 FY Budget:$597 million
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:398,121
Gender:51.3% Female
Race:White 62.6%
Hispanic or Latino 14.1%
African American 15.9%
Asian 2.3%
Native American 5.3%
Two or More 5.9%
Unemployment:4.0%
Median household income:$40,781
High school graduation rate:86.6%
College graduation rate:29.8%
Related Tulsa offices
Oklahoma Congressional Delegation
Oklahoma State Legislature
Oklahoma state executive offices
Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state of Oklahoma and 45th-largest in the United States. With an estimated population of 398,121 in 2013, it is the principal municipality of the Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area.[1] 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.

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Tulsa utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.[2]

Mayor

The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and committee members and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations. The mayor also possesses veto powers and represents the city on the state, national and international levels..[2] Dewey Bartlett Jr. is the current Mayor of Lincoln.[3]

City council

The Tulsa City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[2]

Membership

The city council consists of nine members, each of which are elected by one of the city's nine districts.[3]

A full list of city council members can be found here.

Commissions, boards and committees

A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Tulsa City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.[4]

For a full list of Tulsa's commissions, boards and committees, see here.

Elections

2014

See also: Tulsa, Oklahoma municipal elections, 2014.

The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma held nonpartisan elections for city council on November 4, 2014. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 16, 2014.[5]

All nine city council seats were up for election. An incumbent ran in each race. In Districts 5 and 8, incumbents ran unopposed.

For districts in which more than two candidates filed to run, a primary election was held on June 24, 2014. These districts included 1, 2, 4 and 7. Candidates, who received a majority of the votes in the primary, won outright and did not have to run in the November 4 general election. In races where no candidate received a majority, the top two candidates faced each other in a run-off election on November 4, 2014.[5]

Budget

Tulsa's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $597 million.[6]

Contact Information

See here to contact the mayor.

See here to contact individual council members.

Ballot Measures

See also: Tulsa County, Oklahoma ballot measures

Oklahoma City is in Tulsa County. A list of ballot measures in Tulsa County is available here.

Initiative process

Population as of 2013: 398,121.[1] Oklahoma City is a charter city.

Tulsa's initiative process follows state law (see Laws governing local ballot measures in Oklahoma for details) for both charter amendment and ordinances.

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.[7]

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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.[8]
    • Budget is archived for at least three years[9]
  • Agendas
    • Agendas and minutes for city council meetings are posted.[10] They are also available for at least three years.
  • Elected Officials
    • City council members are listed with email addresses in their individual profiles.[11]
    • The general office address and phone number is given.
  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials and department heads are listed with their emails.[12][13]
    • The general office address and phone number is given.
  • Building Permits and Zoning
    • Building permits and zoning information provided.[14]
  • Audits
    • Annual financial audits are published.[15]
  • Contracts
    • Information on city contracts is available.[16]
    • Bids over $10,000 are posted[17]
  • Lobbying
  • Public Records
  • Taxes
    • Taxes and tax revenue are broken down on the "Balancing Budget" page.[20]
    • Includes info on the 3rd penny sales tax extension.[21] Sales tax and other tax information is also available.[22]

The bad

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

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