I believe the city of Norman can obtain those increased needs by providing a timely and detailed explanation of what is needed. If the city of Norman does the due diligence required to show why, when and where increases in utility rates are required, the voters will come through.
3. We have a water problem in Norman, there is no question about it. This is not something new to the city or to the voters. There are much better ways to solve this problem than by spending time and money on a special commission to put together a recommendation to take away the voting rights of Norman citizens. Appropriate plans, programs and solutions cannot be implemented without input and authorization from the Norman voters and taxpayers.
4. When I hear any politician say, “Trust me,” world history immediately comes to mind. Removing the rights of Norman citizens to vote on utility rate increases based upon the comments of the Charter Review Commission may sound like an insignificant action to streamline the process; it is not.
I would hope the people of Norman would soon contact their city council member, the mayor and any other Norman city official to express their opinion on what the city charter review committee have recommended.
Don’t forget the city of Norman website, as this is a very convenient way to express your opinion. Taking away the people’s right to vote on any topic is wrong. I would also ask anyone interested in expressing their desire to vote on this topic to attend the public hearing June 27.