Note - Language added to Section III. Municipal Services and Finances A. at the 2006 Annual Meeting: “and as many recycling centers in Norman as practicable, with the future goal of having curbside recycling.” Curbside recycling began in Norman in March 2008, which prompted a change in wording at the 2009 Annual Meeting to: and as many recycling centers in Norman as practicable, with continued support of curbside recycling.
The following points should be considered:
- The League supports the concept that municipal government should supply its citizens with basic services that provide for the health, safety and welfare of citizens including public safety (police, fire, emergency medical services), sanitation (responsible solid waste pickup/disposal), water (safe drinking water and sewage treatment), infrastructure planning and maintenance (streets, sidewalks, lights, signalization), and commuinty amentities (parks, recreational facilities/programs, museums, libraries), and as many recycling centers in Norman as practicable, with continued support of curbside recycling.
- Amenities such as parks, recreational facilities, and cultural institutions should be recognized as important in maintaining a sense of community.
- The League belives city servicesand programs shoudl be funded through a combination of sales taxes, bonds, and user fees.
- Shared funding could include privitizing some elements of city government with retention of responsbility for:
- Establishing clear criteria, oversight, and periodic assessment of how well citizens are being served, and
- Making sure citizens are not losers in the process
- Capital needs of Norman are too massive in cost to be addressed by the general fund alone and should be funded through General Obligation Bonds.
- The general fund and user fees collected in enterprise funds can more appropriately be used to support administration of city government and ongoing maintenance needs in sanitation and the infrastructure.
- Sales tax revenue should be reserved for items in the general fund.
- Some services necessary to insure the general health, safety, and well being of the community should be the responsbility of city government and must be made available even if they do not pay for themselves
- Adequate City Staff is necesary to oversee the management, planning, and orderly development of the community.
- Professional planners and engineers are needed to ensure continuity of programs.
- City Council policy makers must acknowledge their responsibilty to provide for an adequate staff to meet city needs.