Tulsa, OK – Tulsa council to consider Indian sovereignty item
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Tulsa city councilman says he is proposing a resolution that would express the council's opposition to putting more land under American Indian sovereignty.
Councilor Bill Christiansen says he'll offer the resolution in response to efforts by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to place into federal trust status two parcels of land along the Arkansas River. The designation would exempt the land from local sales and property taxes.
Tulsa, OK – The Tulsa Library Board will try again today. An afternoon meeting is set for the board.
While no citation has been given, it is believed the board violated the Oklahoma Open Meetings rules by adjourning a recent meeting while still in executive session. Oklahoma law requires meetings to adjourn in public after a closed door session ends.
Tulsa,OK – Ex-Tulsa Red Cross leader gives reason for firing
TULSA, Okla. (AP) The former CEO of the Tulsa Chapter of the American Red Cross says a disagreement with the agency's national officials led to her firing last week.
Mary Ogle says she wasn't fired for insubordination, but because she disagreed with the national agency's move away from local governance of local chapters. Most of the Tulsa chapter's board of directors agreed with Ogle and resigned in protest after her dismissal.
Tulsa, OK – A new proposal has surfaced to fund --in part-- city government. Outgoing Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor is urging future leaders to lobby the state legislature to allow municipalities to create Fire Protection Districts.
This plan would allow the cities to get property tax dollars for the operation of fire departments. Currently, Tulsa finances most all city services via sales taxes. Tulsa gets three cents on each dollar that is spent. A similar fire district proposal failed during the 2007 legislative session.
Tulsa, OK – This week at City Hall, Doctor Jack Crowley is packing up. His job in Tulsa is finished. He will soon be headed back to the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design. He has been on loan if you will to the City of Tulsa for the last year and a half working on the City's downtown master plan.