Proposed Tulsa water and sewer rate increases go to the mayor’s desk for approval.
With no discussion or public comment, city councilors adopted water and sewer rate increases of 7 and 9 percent on an 8–0 vote. Councilor David Patrick was absent.
The new rates are effective Oct. 1, and the change should cost the average customer another $5.20 a month. The water and sewer department says the increases are necessary to upgrade or replace aging infrastructure and keep up with debt payments and inflation.
Another part of Tulsans' utility bills may go up this year.
City councilors are considering stormwater drainage rate increases of 9 percent. The fee applies to every parcel of developed land in the city.
Increases will likely continue for several years.
"The plan is to get this in place, and right now, I believe, the forecast is not this next year, but in two years, going to about 3 percent increases and not trying to be in the 9 and 8 range but try to get it more manageable," said Engineering Services Director Paul Zachary.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The descendants of Alabama Creeks forced to walk the Trail of Tears are urging Alabama's governor not to sign a gaming agreement with a tribe they say built a casino on sacred land.
The Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma sent Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley a June letter urging him never to sign a compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
The Poarch Band built a hotel and bingo casino on tribal land in Wetumpka. The letter came after some legislators suggested a gambling compact as a revenue source for the state.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A court conference for a Moore man charged with beheading a co-worker has been postponed after the man's attorneys requested a competency evaluation.
A scheduling conference was scheduled Wednesday for 30-year-old Alton Nolen — but was rescheduled for July 30.
Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn told The Norman Transcript that if Nolen is found competent the case will go forward. Mashburn said that if there's any dispute as to his competence, a jury trial could be held to settle the issue.
The City of Tulsa’s June sales tax check, which covers the period from mid-April 2015 to mid-May 2015, as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $19,209,963, which is down 2.7 percent from the same period a year ago, but 2 percent above budget estimates. Sales taxes received so far this fiscal year total $234,955,646, which is 1.4 percent above one year ago and 2.6 percent above budget estimates.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa Health Department and the Community Service Council's Healthy Start programs are partnering to host a free Men's Health Summit.
Former NFL player Spencer Tillman will deliver the keynote address at Saturday's summit. Tillman is a Tulsa native and knows the importance of staying healthy from his years as a running back for the Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers.
Along with Tillman, guests will have the opportunity to ask local doctors questions during a panel discussion.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Kay County company has agreed to pay $175,000 to settle claims involving debt owed to the government involving Indian oil and natural gas leases.
Oklahoma City U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats said Thursday that Case Sales Company, Incorporated held five Indian oil and gas leases for wells in the Anadarko area. Coats says the company was required to comply with certain reporting requirements to the U.S. Department of Interior for each well it operated.
(Note: This show first aired back in March.) On this edition of ST, we speak with Cat Warren, a university professor and former journalist who for several years had an admittedly strange hobby -- that is, she and her German shepherd, Solo, would often go searching for the dead. Solo, now retired, was a cadaver dog -- and what began as an effort to make the best of Solo's unruly energy and boundless enthusiasm eventually became, for our guest today, a quest to learn all she could about so-called "working" dogs, their handlers, and their trainers.