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Tuesday, July 9th: Oklahoma City Special Elections Voting for Amendments to OKC Charter & ONG Franchise Agreement

If you are an Oklahoma City resident, tomorrow is voting day!  Voters are reminded to have an approved form of photo ID or their official Voter ID Card ready when they arrive to cast their ballot.  To check or update your registration status, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website. Find your polling place on your voter ID card or use the online voter tool.

                                                                                           

 
The vote will be on proposed Charter amendments that affects employment restrictions for Oklahoma City Council members and a proposed change to the ONG franchise agreement that affects franchise fees ONG pays to the City.
 
 
Proposition 1: ONG franchise agreement
 
The proposed change to the ONG franchise agreement clarifies the definition of gross cash receipts, which determine the franchise fees ONG pays to the City.
 
After negotiations, the City and ONG agreed the definition should include certain receipts the City had contended should already be included.
 
If the change is approved, ONG’s residential and commercial natural gas customers in Oklahoma City could see an increase in their gas bill of about 0.1 percent (10 cents on a $100 gas bill).

ONG would pay the City about $225,000 in additional annual franchise fees, an increase of about 4 percent. Franchise fees go into the City’s General Fund, which pays for day-to-day operations like police officer and firefighter salaries.                                                       

 
Proposition 2: Employment restrictions
 
The proposed Charter amendment on employment restrictions would allow more state and federal government employees to serve on the City Council.
The amendment would keep restrictions for elected officials and senior government officers like state legislators and school superintendents, who can’t serve on the Council. But it would allow other state and federal government employees, like teachers and engineers, to be Council members.
The amendment would take effect starting with the next election for each Council seat, not during the current term.
The City Council has nine members: the Mayor, who is elected citywide, and one representative from each of the City’s eight Wards.
 

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