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Tulsa County, Oklahoma

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Transparency grading process

Tulsa County is a county located in the state of Oklahoma. As of 2000, the population was 563,299. Its county seat is Tulsa.

Website evaluation

In 2011 Tulsa County earned a Sunny Awards for having a perfect website transparency score.

This Web site was last reviewed on Dec. 5, 2012.

See also: Evaluation of Oklahoma county websites


The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.[1]
    • Budgets are archived for 4 years on the government dropdown menu.
  • 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 3 years.[4]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 4 years.[5]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2008 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 Public Information Officer position. 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]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.
  • Lobbying
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[11]

Website upgrade

After the results for Oklahoma counties was released, the County Board Members jumped to upgrade their website and achieved a perfect "A" in less than three weeks. As of October 2009 it is the only Oklahoma county with an "A" grade.


Budget

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2012-13 Expenditures[12]
Expenditures by category Prior Year Actual FY 10 -11 Current Year budget FY 11-12 Current Year Estimate FY 11-12 Budget FY 12-13
Capital outlay $3,950 $1,153,314 $5,109,843 $4,160,977
Contingency $0 $443,853 $0 $1,264,112
Debt Service $32,553 $185,537 $185,537 $185,537
Employee Benefits $20,500,382 $18,199,412 $20,031,120 $17,527,993
Interdepartment Expenses $6,323 $186,810 $252,701 $222,630
Operating Expenses $15,840,424 $15,720,461 $20,352,762 $15,232,452
Other Services & Charges $7,756,555 $4,166,467 $6,662,696 $4,232,118
Salaries & Wages $39,185,090 $40,466,666 $38,267,654 $39,034,657
Travel $381,920 $461,431 $447,144 $459,115
Total Expenditures $87,654,103 $80,983,951 $91,309,457 $82,319,291

Stimulus

Tulsa, Oklahoma has received $601,934,278 in stimulus funding. The following is the top ten projects that have received the most funding.

Spending projects funded by the federal stimulus, Tulsa, Oklahoma[13]
Recipient Amount Type Description Federal Dept./Agency Date
TRANSPORTATION, OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF $49,480,000 Grant Surface Transportation _ Discretionary Grants for Capital Investment. USDOT - FHWA Transportation Infrastructure Project in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Transportation, Department of / Federal Highway Administration 12/22/2010
MULTIPLE RECIPIENTS $34,078,416 DIRECT P Very Low to Moderate Income Housing Loans - Guaranteed Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loans - ARRA Agriculture, Department of / Rural Housing Service 9/30/2010
MULTIPLE RECIPIENTS $24,461,250 DIRECT P Social Security Economic Recovery Act Payments Social Security Administration 6/30/2009
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 OF TULSA COUNTY $22,634,845 Grant State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) - Education State Grants, Recovery Act Education Fund- for the support of public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education and, as, applicable, early childhood education programs and services. Education, Department of / Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 7/2/2009
This spending item is part of a $472,820,714 allocation.
TRANSPORTATION, OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF $20,616,000 Grant Highway Planning and Construction USDOT - FHWA Transportation Infrastructure Project in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Transportation, Department of / Federal Highway Administration 3/13/2009
TRANSPORTATION, OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF $17,200,000 Grant Highway Planning and Construction USDOT - FHWA Transportation Infrastructure Project in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Transportation, Department of / Federal Highway Administration 3/13/2009
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 OF TULSA COUNTY $16,576,346 Grant Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies, Recovery Act Improve teaching and learning for students most at risk of failing to meet State Academic Achievement standards Education, Department of / Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 4/1/2009
INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 OF TULSA COUNTY $15,000,000 Grant State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) - Government Services, Recovery Act Government Services Fund- for public safety and other government services, which may include assistance for elementary and secondary education and public institutions of higher education, and for modernization, renovation, or ... Show more Education, Department of / Office of Elementary and Secondary Education 7/2/2009
This spending item is part of a $105,199,719 allocation.
TRANSPORTATION, OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF $14,900,000 Grant Highway Planning and Construction USDOT - FHWA Transportation Infrastructure Project in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Transportation, Department of / Federal Highway Administration 3/13/2009
COMMUNITY SERVICE COUNCIL OF GREATER TULSA $11,582,298 Grant ARRA - Health Information Technology - Beacon Communities Greater Tulsa Health Access Network - Health Information Exchange Development and Community Health IT Improvement Initiative for eleven counties in Northeast Oklahoma. Services will include HIE, physician referral and community analytics. Health and Human Services, Department of 5/4/2010
This spending item is part of a $12,043,948 allocation.

Public records

The Tulsa World conducted a public records study submitting FOIA requests to eight counties and two large towns during the summer of 2012. The newspaper requested county payroll records, police radio logs and copies of emails from city managers or mayors.[14]

The city took a month and a half to fulfill a request for one day of the Mayor's emails. The city said it was because only one person could pull the information and that it had to be cleared through the legal department.[14]

Lobbying

See also: Oklahoma government sector lobbying


Transparency & public records

Taxes

External links

Additional reading

References