Midtowner, 8/ 9/2008 - 8:38pm "I think the time has come to try to reverse the most damaging event ever to happen to Tulsa and throw out the council form of government. The change to a council government was engineered by the same hacks that have been destroying our city for decades. Clearly our mayor is far too strong today. We need to go back to commission government and reclaim some element of accountability for those controlling our city. The council is obviously ineffectual and easily controlled by wealthy individuals. How long would a street commissioner or police commissioner last with the current levels of performance? How about a water commissioner calling for huge rate increases for no other reason than to swell the existing city budgets? Back in the bad old days we simply threw out bums like that with the next election. Even better, how would you like to have an accountable city works commissioner, or a mayor that has some limits? Today you can't even find anyone who will admit responsibility for anything.
In addition, it wouldn't hurt to dissolve all the existing agencies and authorities and start all over again. Stormwater management, for instance, has long since accomplished its primary goals and has turned into not much better than a slush fund.
It is time for some real change. Replacing this councilor or that is obviously not getting anywhere."
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