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October 19, 2017

Low voter turnout on November 14; seven city charter amendments pass

by Sheila

 

On November 14, 2017, 5.27% of eligible voters in the City of Tulsa went to the polls to approve all seven proposed amendments to the city charter.  Read the ballot language and view a short video explanation of each proposition by Council Chair Anna America and Mayor GT Bynum below.

The ballot language below is exactly as appeared on the November 14 ballot. These videos were recorded at a League of Women Voters and City of Tulsa Forum on the proposed city charter amendments held on October 26 at Oklahoma State University Tulsa. The videos are shared here with permission from and courtesy of Precinct 52


PROPOSITION NO. 1

City Charter Amendment-Summary Nuisance Abatement 

Shall the City Charter of the City of Tulsa, Article I, Section 3, ‘General Grant of Power’, Paragraph ‘O’ be amended to clarify that the City of Tulsa may summarily abate a nuisance re-occurring on the same property under the same ownership within twenty-four (24) months of a previous nuisance abatement on that property? 

FOR THE PROPOSITION – YES 

AGAINST THE PROPOSITION – NO

PROPOSITION NO. 2 

City Charter Amendment-Notice of Special Meetings 

Shall the City Charter of the City of Tulsa, Article II, Section 3.1, ‘Meetings’, be amended to allow the required notice of special meetings of the City Council to be delivered to Councilors electronically? 

FOR THE PROPOSITION – YES 

AGAINST THE PROPOSITION – NO

PROPOSITION NO. 3 

City Charter Amendment-Emergency Resolution, Effective Time 

Shall the City Charter of the City of Tulsa, Article II, Section 10, ‘Effective Date of Ordinances and Resolutions’, be amended to clarify that the City of Tulsa may adopt resolutions as emergency measures, and state the effective time thereof, in the same manner as it does ordinances? 

FOR THE PROPOSITION – YES 

AGAINST THE PROPOSITION – NO

PROPOSITION NO. 4 

City Charter Amendment-General Elections 

Shall the City Charter of the City of Tulsa, Article VI, ‘Election and Qualification of Officers’, be amended to hold elections for City offices in August of an election year, require candidates for City offices to file their candidacy in June, and provide for run-off elections, whenever necessary, in November? 

FOR THE PROPOSITION – YES 

AGAINST THE PROPOSITION – NO  

PROPOSITION NO. 5 

City Charter Amendment-Election District Commission 

Shall the City Charter of the City of Tulsa, Article VI, ‘Election and Qualification of Officers’, Section 10.1, ‘Election District Commission’, and Section 10.2, ‘Adjustment Of Election District Boundaries’ be amended to provide that the Election District Commission shall consist of five (5) members, to be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; that two (2) members shall be affiliated with the political party having the largest number of registered voters in the City, two (2) members shall be affiliated with the political party having the second largest number of such voters, and one (1) member shall be a registered independent voter; stating the duties of the Election District Commission, namely, to adjust the boundaries of the City’s Election Districts following completion of the Federal Decennial Census? 

FOR THE PROPOSITION – YES 

AGAINST THE PROPOSITION – NO

PROPOSITION NO. 6 

City Charter Amendment-Municipal Employees, including Firefighters Political Activities Permitted 

Shall the City Charter of the City of Tulsa, Article X, ‘Civil Service Commission and Merit System’, Section 10.1, ‘Political Activities Prohibited’, and Article XI, ‘Fire Department’, Section 5.1 ‘Political Activities Prohibited’, be amended to permit municipal employees, including firefighters, to attend public meetings and express their views, and to permit political activities by municipal employees, including firefighters, when off duty and not in uniform? 

FOR THE PROPOSITION – YES 

AGAINST THE PROPOSITION – NO

PROPOSITION NO. 7 

City Charter Amendment-Public Safety Sales Tax May Not Be Used For Any Other Purpose 

Shall the City Charter of the City of Tulsa, Article II, ‘The Council’ Section 7.1, ‘Budgets’ and Article III, ‘The Mayor’, Section 1.4, ‘Executive and Administrative Powers and Duties’, Sub-Section C, be amended to prohibit any revenues derived from the 2017 Public Safety Sales Tax from ever being used for any purpose other than public safety as described therein, and to revoke the ability to amend any portion of Title 43-I Tulsa Revised Ordinances which could permit such other use? 

FOR THE PROPOSITION – YES 

AGAINST THE PROPOSITION – NO

 

 

 

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