City of Bartlesville Wants a Little More Money; Just Say No on Tuesday Oct 13th

Washington County Grassroots Graphic Corrected 2014

Yes there is an election on October 13th.  First my usual rant about there should not be special elections like this.  It should always be on a ballot with other matters for two reasons:

  • So it would get more attention and more scrutiny and more people voting about raising taxes,
  • So that we could reduce the cost of having these ‘special’ elections.

I wish Bartlesville city leaders would learn to prioritize spending so that tax increases in a down economy would not be even requested. It seems wrong to require more money even a little bit for more jobs for the city when so many are doing without so much among us. As long as the majority of the people voting will say yes, these things will keep coming up for a vote. We must learn to say no, and force our leaders to cut costs and deliver only the most essential services with funds on hand.

There is plenty out there about why you should vote for this because it isn’t much and it will do so much for us – according to the ‘yes’ folks.  I say if it isn’t much, then let’s cut costs somewhere else to do these things if they really are our top priority items.  Please keep in mind with jobs leaving the oil sector, there may be fewer and fewer people here to cover the costs of your expenditures today – tomorrow.  That will make this all even more expensive than anticipated to those still here and paying the bills.

Proposition One: 1/4-cent economic development sales tax

Proposition Two: 4/10 of a cent operational sales tax

Here’s a sample ballot.  You decide for yourself.  I will be voting NO on both:

City of Bartlesville Sample Ballot - Oct 13th

Here is what the City of Bartlesville says about why you should give them more money and how they say it will be spent, but much of that is not on the ballot and only time will tell if that is where it really goes if passed.  Some have asked for a report card on the money spent and success rate on economic development over time.

Update 10/14/15:  Both propositions passed.  Here are the vote totals.

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Washington County Sample Ballot for Special Election June 26 – Did you Know there were Bonds on the Ballot?


Proposition No. 1 $325,000 for the purpose of acquiring technology for the City…

Proposition No. 2 $7,085,000 to provide funds for the purpose of constructing and equipping a public safety complex…

Proposition No. 3 $2,240,009 to provide funds for the purpose of constructing and equipping and improving City parks and City cultural and recreational facilities…

Proposition No. 4 $5,350,000 to provide funds for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing, and improving streets and roads in the city….


Total Indebtedness $15,000,009

I just have one question:  Anybody know why we can’t live within our means these days and pay for things out of current revenue streams?

Special thanks to Greg and Susan Hill (Tulsa Area) for election information received via email recently.

WASHINGTON COUNTY ELECTION BOARD # = 918-337-2850)

CANDIDATE FILINGS FOR 2012 PRIMARY: June 26*

NOTICE: This list has 2 purposes: to allow you, the voter, to contact the candidates to help you determine

a) which candidates you will vote for and b) which candidates you will volunteer for.

OKLAHOMA VOTER GUIDES:

Ethics.capwiz.com/election/guide/(special search Oklahoma

eVoter.com

OKGrassroots.com

OKiron.org

OK-SAFE.com

Votesmart.org

SPECIAL ELECTION: City of Bartlesville (Pr 11-13,15,22,27,28,31,33,46,48,51,54,74,79,711) (see Sample Ballot):

Democrat Primaries (0/10):

OKdemocrats.org

TulsaCountyDemocrats.com

Americans Elect Primaries (0/10): Independent: 

AmericansElect.org

Republican Primaries (3/10):

OKGOP.com

TulsaGOP.org

CORPORATION COMMISSIONER (FULL TERM)

Democrat Primary (No candidates – primary cancelled)

Republican Primary

Bob Anthony 405-525-8811

BobAnthony.com

mail2012@bobanthony.com

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Brooks Mitchell 405-818-7086

FriendsofBrooksMitchell.org

brooks@friendsofbrooksmitchell.org

CORPORATION COMMISSIONER (SHORT TERM): ELECTION CANCELLED

DISTRICT 1 CONGRESS

Democrat Primary (Primary cancelled)

John Richard Olson

Olsonforoklahoma.com

john.olson@usa.com

918-619-9831

Independent

Craig Allen 1000 S Denver Ave Apt 5303 Tulsa OK 74119

Republican Primary

Jim Bridenstine 918-877-0252

JimBridenstine.com

info@jimbridenstine.com

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John Sullivan 918-712-2290

JohnSullivanforcongress.com

questions@johnsullivanforcongress.com

COUNTY COURT CLERK

Democrat Primary (No candidates – primary cancelled)

Republican Primary

Bertha M. Rogers 1667 S OAK AVE BARTLESVILLE OK 74003-5436

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Jill L. Spitzer 918-766-3022

JillSpitzerForCourtClerk2012

jill.spitzer@yahoo.com

* Registered Independents cannot vote in Primary or Runoff elections.


COUNTY SHERIFF, COUNTY CLERK: ELECTION CANCELLED

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 29: ELECTION CANCELLED

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 10 & 11: ELECTION CANCELLED

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT NO. 2: ELECTION CANCELLED

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