2006 Oklahoma Code - Title 11. — Cities and Towns

OKLAHOMA STATUTES

TITLE 11.

CITIES AND TOWNS

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§111101.  Short title.

This act may be cited as the "Oklahoma Municipal Code."

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 1101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§111102.  Definitions.

As used in the Oklahoma Municipal Code:

1.  "Charter municipality" or "Municipality governed by charter" means any municipality which has adopted a charter in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and laws of Oklahoma and at the time of adoption of the charter had a population of two thousand (2,000) or more.  Once a municipal charter has been adopted and approved, it becomes the organic law of the municipality in all matters pertaining to the local government of the municipality and prevails over state law on matters relating to purely municipal concerns;

2.  "City" means a municipality which has incorporated as a city in accordance with the laws of this state;

3.  "Governing body" or "Municipal governing body" means the city council of a city, the board of trustees of a town, or the legislative body of a municipality, as it may be defined by applicable law or charter provision;

4.  "Mayor" means the official head of the municipal government as defined by applicable law or charter provision.  The mayor is the presiding officer of the governing body in all statutory forms of municipal government, and is the chief executive officer in cities having the statutory aldermanic and statutory strongmayorcouncil forms of city government;

5.  "Municipality" means any incorporated city or town;

6.  "Officer or official" means any person who is elected to an office in municipal government or is appointed to fill an unexpired term of an elected office, and the clerk and the treasurer whether elected or appointed.  When "officer" or "official" is modified by a term which refers to a personnel position or duty, the holder of the position or duty is not an officer or official of the municipality for any purpose;

7.  "Ordinance" means a formal legislative act of a municipal governing body which has the force and effect of a continuing regulation and a permanent rule of conduct or government for the municipality;

8.  "Publish" or "Publication" means printing in a newspaper which:

a. maintains an office in the municipality and is of general circulation in the municipality.  If there is no such newspaper, then in any newspaper which is of general circulation in the municipality; and

b. meets the requirements of a legal newspaper as provided in Section 106 of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

If there is no newspaper meeting the requirements as provided for in this paragraph, the term publish or publication shall mean posting a copy of the item to be published in ten or more public places in the municipality.  When a notice is required to be published for a prescribed period of time, publishing the notice one (1) day each week during the prescribed period of publication is sufficient in accordance with Section 103 of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes;

9.  "Quorum" means a majority of all the members of the governing body, board, or commission, including vacant positions;

10.  "Registered voter" means any person who is a qualified elector, as defined by the provisions of Section 1 of Article III of the Oklahoma Constitution, who resides within the limits of a municipality and who has registered to vote in the precinct of his residence;

11.  "Resident" means a person whose actual dwelling or primary residence is located within the corporate limits of the municipality;

12.  "Resolution" means a special or temporary act of a municipal governing body which is declaratory of the will or opinion of a municipality in a given matter and is in the nature of a ministerial or administrative act.  A resolution is not a law and does not prescribe a permanent rule of conduct or government; and

13.  "Town" means a municipality which has incorporated as a town in accordance with the laws of Oklahoma.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§111103.  Saving vested rights.

The provisions of this act shall not in any manner affect the rights, liability or right of action, civil or criminal, for or against any municipality in any action commenced before the effective date of this act.  The adoption of this act shall not be construed to repeal or in any way affect or modify:

1.  Any substantive or fixed right;

2.  Any law authorizing the issuance of any outstanding bonds of any municipality;

3.  Any law pursuant to which special assessments or rates or charges of any nature levied by any municipality which have not been paid in full, principal, interest, and any penalties; or

4.  The running of any statute of limitation in force at the time this act becomes effective.

All incomplete proceedings had and taken under any law hereby repealed or amended in the acquisition or improvement of any municipal project, the holding of any election, the creation of any special assessment or other district, the levy and collection of any taxes, special assessments, rates or charges of any sort, or the issuance of any bond or other security appertaining to a municipal project, any contract for the purchase of any such bonds or securities, which proceedings are in substantial compliance herewith, may, at the option of the municipal governing body, be completed hereunder the same as if such incomplete proceedings had been had and taken pursuant to the provisions hereof.

§112101.  Incorporation of a municipality.

A.  Any community of people residing in compact form may become incorporated as a town in the manner provided in Sections 3101 through 3107 of this title.  If the resident population is one thousand (1,000) or more, a town or community of people residing in compact form may become incorporated as a city in the manner provided in Sections 4101 through 4107 of this title.

B.  Any community which has operated as an incorporated municipality for twentyfive (25) years or more but which does not have any evidence of its articles of incorporation shall be presumed to have incorporated as the statutory form of municipal government under which it has operated.  Such community may file with the Secretary of State any historical evidence of its incorporation. Notice of said filing shall be published one time.  If no action challenging the presumption of incorporation is brought within sixty (60) days after publication of the notice of filing, the presumption of incorporation shall be conclusive.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§112102.  Name of incorporated town or city.

An incorporated municipality may be known as the:

1.  "City of _________"; or

2.  "Town of _________";

but no municipality which changes its name or incorporates shall adopt the name of an existing municipality in this state.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 2102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§112103.  Municipality to be surveyed and platted.

Persons intending to apply for the incorporation of a town or city shall cause a survey and plat to be made of the territory intended to be embraced within its limits.  The survey shall be made by a registered land surveyor, and shall set forth the courses and distances of the boundaries, the quantity of land contained therein, and be platted into lots and blocks in accordance with Sections 41101 through 41111 of this title.  The survey and plat shall be verified by the affidavit of the surveyor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 2103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§112104.  Restrictions on territory included in proposed municipality or plat.

A.  Except as otherwise provided by subsection B of this section, no territory within five (5) miles of the corporate limits of a municipality having a population of more than two hundred thousand (200,000), and no territory within three (3) miles of the corporate limits of any municipality having a population less than two hundred thousand (200,000), according to the latest federal census, shall be included in the survey and plat provided in Section 2-103 of this title or incorporated as a new municipality.

B.  Territory within five (5) miles of the corporate limits of a municipality having a population of more than two hundred thousand (200,000) may incorporate as a new municipality if it can be proved to the board of county commissioners by documentation that the territory has historically been identified as a community of people residing in compact form.  Such territory shall be included in the survey and plat provided in Section 2-103 of this title or incorporated as a new municipality.  Upon application of any person or municipality affected, the district court in the county where such territory is located may afford appropriate relief for any violation of this section.  Urban areas annexed by a municipality which are completely nonadjacent to the corporate limits of the municipality are not considered as within the corporate limits of that municipality for the purposes of this section.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 2104, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2004, c. 329, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.


§112105.  Division into wards  Number of wards.

Persons intending to apply for incorporation of a municipality shall divide the proposed municipality into the following number of wards, having due regard to the equitable apportionment of the population and the convenience and contiguity of the wards:

1.  A town shall be divided into three (3) or five (5) wards.

2.  A city to be operated under the statutory aldermanic form of government shall be divided into at least four (4) wards.  A city to be operated under the statutory councilmanager or statutory strongmayorcouncil form shall be divided into four (4) or six (6) wards.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 2105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§112106.  Incorporation procedure for municipality situated in two or more counties.

If a proposed town or city is situated in two or more counties, the petition for incorporation may be presented to the board of county commissioners of any county in which any part of the proposed municipality is situated.  The board shall act upon the petition in the same manner as if the proposed municipality were situated wholly within the county where the petition is presented.  The county clerk shall immediately certify the proceedings relating to the incorporation of the municipality to the board of commissioners of each other county in which any part of the municipality is situated, and each board which receives this certification shall enter the proceedings upon its records.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 2106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§112107.  Effect of incorporation  Filing  Judicial notice  Challenges.

The order declaring incorporation of a municipality, issued by the board of county commissioners as provided in Sections 3105, 4105 and 5104 of this title or issued by the town board of trustees as provided in Section 4103 of this title, shall be recorded in the office of the county clerk in the county in which the situs of the municipality is located and filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the archives of the municipality.  The order shall be conclusive evidence of incorporation in all suits by or against the municipality and shall be judicially noticed in all court proceedings without specifically pleading or alleging incorporation.  Anyone wishing to challenge the formation, incorporation or organization of an incorporated municipality must bring action in the district court in the county in which the situs of the municipality is located within sixty (60) days after the date of the order declaring incorporation.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 2107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§113101.  Petition for incorporation of town  Notice  Contents.

A.  A petition for incorporation of a town shall be presented to the board of county commissioners of the county in which the proposed town is located, at the time indicated in the notice, as provided for in subsection C of this section, or as soon thereafter as the board can receive and consider it.  The petition shall be:

1.  In writing; and

2.  Signed by at least onethird (1/3) of the registered voters residing in the proposed town as shown by the preceding general election or by at least twentyfive (25) registered voters residing in the proposed town, whichever number is greater.

B.  Each petition shall be on a separate sheet and shall be authenticated by the affidavit of at least one credible witness that the signatures are genuine and that the signers of the petition are registered voters of the proposed town.  The petition shall include:

1.  The name of the proposed town;

2.  The survey and plat of the proposed town;

3.  The resident population, including names and addresses of persons residing in the area of the proposed town not more than sixty (60) days prior to presenting the petition to the board of county commissioners;

4.  The number and boundaries of the proposed town wards or, if no wards are proposed, the number of positions on the proposed board of trustees;

5.  The appropriate documentation to prove that territory within five (5) miles of the corporate limits of a municipality having a population of more than two hundred thousand (200,000) has historically been identified as a community of people residing in compact form, if applicable; and

6.  Affidavits verifying the facts contained in the petition.

C.  Not less than thirty (30) days before presenting the petition to the board of county commissioners, notice of the intent of the petitioners to apply for incorporation of a town shall be given by leaving the survey, plat, census, and description of wards, if any, in some convenient place in the proposed town for examination by those having an interest in the application.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 3-101, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 2004, c. 329, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.


§113102.  Hearing on petition  Order of commissioners calling for election on question.

Within thirty (30) days after the petition for incorporation has been presented, the board of county commissioners shall determine, either by affidavit or by oral testimony in a hearing on the petition, whether the requirements for incorporation have been fully complied with.  If the board is satisfied with the petitioners' compliance, it shall call for an election for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the proposed town the question of whether or not such territory shall become an incorporated town.  The order of the board calling for the election shall name the date for the election and shall be submitted to the secretary of the county election board for the purpose of conducting the election.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 3102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§113103.  Notice of election.

At least ten (10) days' notice of the election shall be given by the board of county commissioners by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the proposed town, and by posting a copy of the order in not less than ten (10) of the most public places in the proposed town.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 3103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§113104.  Conduct of election  Ballots.

The election shall be conducted in accordance with applicable election laws.  The registered voters of the proposed town shall vote on the question of incorporation by separate ballot, which shall be substantially in the following form:

For incorporation as the town of ___________

( ) Yes.

( ) No.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 3104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§113105.  Canvassing returns  Statement of result  Order of incorporation.

The county election board shall canvass the returns of the election. Within five (5) days after the canvass of the returns of the election, the secretary of the county election board shall certify the results of the election to the board of county commissioners.  If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of incorporation as a town, the board of commissioners shall, within twenty (20) days after receiving the result of the vote, issue an order declaring that the town has been incorporated and naming the date for the election of town officers.  The territory shall, from the date of the commissioners' order, be deemed a body corporate and an incorporated town.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 3105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-3-106.  Notice of election of town officers - Fees and expenses.

The order of the board of county commissioners shall be submitted to the secretary of the county election board for the purpose of conducting the election of town officers.  If the town is eligible to come within the provisions of the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act and a majority of the petitioners desire to comply with the provisions of the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act, the petitioners shall call the election in accordance with the provisions of the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act.  Notice of any election of town officers shall be in the manner provided by law for municipal elections.  All expenses for any election on the question of incorporation and the election of officers shall be paid by the county and reimbursed by the town when fully organized.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 3-106, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1998, c. 357, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1999.


§113107.  Officers to be elected.

The officers to be elected shall be those provided by law applicable to the town board of trustees form of government.  These officers shall hold office until the next oddnumbered year, at which time the first regular municipal election shall be held under the town board of trustees form of government as provided in Section 16206 of this title, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

§114101.  Petition for incorporation of city  Contents.

A petition for incorporation of a city shall be filed with the board of county commissioners of the county in which the proposed city is located.  The petition shall:

1.  Be in writing; and

2.  Be signed by at least thirtyfive percent (35%) of the registered voters residing in the proposed city, as shown by the preceding general election.

Each petition shall be on a separate sheet and shall be authenticated by the affidavit of at least one credible witness that the signatures are genuine and the signers of the petition are registered voters of the proposed city.  The petition shall include:  1.  The name of the proposed city;

2.  The survey and plat of the proposed city;

3.  The resident population according to the latest federal census or other census recognized by the laws of Oklahoma, which population must be one thousand (1,000) inhabitants or more;

4.  The number and boundaries of the proposed city wards;

5.  A designation of the statutory form of city government that is proposed for the city when it becomes incorporated; and

6.  Affidavits verifying the facts alleged in the petition.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 4101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§114102.  Order calling for election on question  Notice.

Within thirty (30) days after filing the petition for incorporation of a city, the board of county commissioners shall call for an election for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the proposed city the question of whether or not such town or community of people shall become an incorporated city.  The order calling for the election shall name the date for the election and shall be submitted to the secretary of the county election board for the purpose of conducting the election.  The order shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the proposed city for a period of at least twenty (20) days prior to the election.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 4102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§114103.  Alternative procedure for incorporated towns.

As an alternative procedure to filing a petition with the board of county commissioners, the board of trustees of an incorporated town, by resolution, may direct the mayor to submit the question of whether or not the town shall become a city to the registered voters of the town at a special or general election.  The resolution shall:  1.  Divide the municipality into the required number of wards for purposes of the proposed city;

2.  Designate the statutory form of city government that is proposed for the city when it becomes incorporated; and

3.  Name the date for the election.

If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of incorporation as a city, as certified by the county election board, the town board shall adopt a resolution declaring that the city has been incorporated and naming the date for the election of city officers. The city shall, from the date of the board's resolution, be deemed a body corporate and an incorporated city.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 4103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§114104.  Conduct of election  Ballots.

The election on the question of incorporation shall be conducted in accordance with applicable election laws.  The registered voters of the proposed city shall vote on the question by separate ballot, which shall be substantially in the following form:  Shall the ________ (town, community, territory) of ________ become incorporated as the city of ________ and operated under the statutory ________ (name of proposed statutory form) form of city government as provided by the laws of Oklahoma?

( ) Yes.

( ) No.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 4104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§114105.  Canvassing returns  Certification of results  Order of incorporation.

The county election board shall canvass the returns of the election.  Within five (5) days after the canvass of the returns of the election, the secretary of the county election board shall certify to the board of county commissioners the results of the election.  If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of incororation as a city under the designated statutory form, the board of commissioners shall, within twenty (20) days after receiving the results of the vote, issue an order declaring that the city has been incorporated under the designated statutory form of city government and naming the date for the election of city officers.  The city shall, from the date of the commissioners' order, be deemed a body corporate and an incorporated city.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 4105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-4-106.  Notice of election of city officers - Fees and expenses.

The order of the board of county commissioners shall be submitted to the secretary of the county election board for the purpose of conducting the election.  Notice of the election of city officers shall be in the manner provided by law for municipal elections.  All expenses for the election on the question of incorporation and the election of officers shall be paid by the county and reimbursed by the city when fully organized.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 4-106, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1998, c. 357, § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1999.


§114107.  Officers to be elected.

The officers to be elected shall be those provided by the laws governing the statutory form of city government which has been adopted.  These officers shall hold office until the next oddnumbered year, at which time the first regular municipal election shall be held in accordance with the form of government adopted, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 4107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§115101.  City incorporating as a town  Procedure.

Any city may become an incorporated town.  A petition for a city to become an incorporated town shall be filed with the board of county commissioners of the county in which the city is located. The petition shall:

1.  Be in writing; and

2.  Be signed by at least thirtyfive percent (35%) of the registered voters of the city, as shown by the preceding general election.

The petition shall clearly express the desire of the petitioners to become incorporated as a town and shall be authenticated by the affidavit of at least one credible witness that the signatures are genuine and that the signers of the petition are registered voters of the city.  The petition shall include:

1.  The name of the city and of the proposed town;

2.  The survey and plat of the city;

3.  The resident population according to the latest federal census or other census recognized by the laws of Oklahoma;

4.  The description and name of the proposed town wards; and

5.  Affidavits verifying the facts alleged in the petition.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 5101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§115102.  Order calling for election on question  Notice.

Within thirty (30) days after filing the petition for a city incorporating as a town, the board of county commissioners shall call for an election for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the city the question of whether or not such city shall become an incorporated town.  The order calling for the election shall name the date for the election and shall be submitted to the secretary of the county election board for the purpose of conducting the election.  The order shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the city for a period of at least twenty (20) days prior to the election.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 5102, eff. July 1, 1978. 0

§115103.  Election on city incorporating as town  Ballots.

The election shall be conducted in accordance with applicable election laws.  A separate ballot shall be prepared for submitting the question of whether or not the city shall become an incorporated town.  The ballot shall be in substantially the following form:

Shall the City of _________ become an incorporated town and be known as the Town of ________?

( ) Yes.

( ) No.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 5103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§115104.  Certification of results  Order of incorporation  Notice of election of town officers  Fees and expenses.

The county election board shall canvass the returns of the election.  Within five (5) days after the canvass of the returns of the election, the secretary of the county election board shall certify to the board of commissioners the results of the election.  If a majority of the votes cast in the election are in favor of the city incorporating as a town, the board of commissioners shall, within twenty (20) days after receiving the result of the vote, issue an order declaring the town's incorporation and naming the date for the election of town officers.  Notice of the election of town officers shall be in the manner provided by law for municipal elections.  All expenses for the election on the question of incorporation and the election of officers shall be paid by the incorporated town.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 5104, eff. July 1, 1978.


§115105.  Town officers to be elected.

The officers to be elected shall be those provided by law applicable to the town board of trustees form of government.  These officers shall hold office until the next oddnumbered year, at which time the first regular municipal election shall be held under the town board of trustees form of government as provided in Section 16206 of this title, and until their successors are elected and qualified.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 5105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§115106.  Indebtedness assumed by incorporated town.

All indebtedness of any nature, whether resulting from a bond issue or otherwise, shall be assumed by the incorporated town.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 5106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§116101.  Proposal for consolidation  Terms and conditions  Approval by governing bodies.

Any two or more municipalities lying adjacent to each other may consolidate and become one municipal corporation.  A proposal for consolidation shall be prepared by the governing body of a municipality when:

1.  A resolution of the governing body so directs; or

2.  A petition signed by at least twentyfive percent (25%) of the registered voters of the municipality, as shown by the preceding general election, is filed with the governing body.

The proposal shall then be submitted to the governing body of an adjacent municipality for its approval.  When the proposal is approved, the governing bodies of the municipalities to be consolidated, or their representatives, shall prepare the terms and conditions of the consolidation.  The terms and conditions of consolidation shall provide for the transition of officers and employees of each municipality which is to be consolidated.  If each governing body approves the terms of consolidation, it shall adopt a resolution declaring its approval and shall provide for an election on the question of consolidation.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 6101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§116102.  Ballots  Election on question.

The question submitted to the registered voters of each municipality shall be substantially in the following form:

Shall the municipalities of ______ and ______ (name of all municipalities to be consolidated) consolidate as the ______ (city or town) of ________ and be operated under the _____________ form of government?

( ) Yes.

( ) No.

If a majority of the votes cast in each municipality are in favor of consolidation, the governing body in each municipality shall declare, by ordinance, that the consolidation has been approved and shall proceed to consolidate under the terms of consolidation.  The consolidation and formation of the municipal corporation shall take effect on the date named in the terms and conditions.  Upon the effective date, the municipal corporation shall be governed by laws applicable to the form of government which has been adopted.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 6102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§116103.  Record of consolidation.

The order of each municipality declaring consolidation as a municipal corporation shall be recorded in the office of the county clerk in the county in which the situs of the consolidated municipal corporation is located and filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the archives of the municipal corporation.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 6103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§116104.  Property and obligations after consolidation.

All real and personal property belonging to each municipality so consolidated, and all its notes, bonds, obligations, accounts, demands, evidences of debt, rights and franchises, books, records, maps and plats shall become the property of the consolidated municipal corporation.  Each municipality as it existed before consolidation shall remain liable for all its obligations and outstanding indebtedness which are due or become due on the day of the election on consolidation, and the property within such municipality shall be assessed to pay the obligations and indebtedness in the same manner as if a consolidation had not taken place.  In no event shall the consolidated municipal corporation be liable for obligations existing before consolidation unless expressly provided for by the terms and conditions of consolidation.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 6104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§117101.  Dissolution of municipality  Application  Notice of election on question.

An application for dissolution of a municipality shall be filed with the governing body of the municipality.  The application shall:  1.  Be in writing;

2.  Set forth the reasons for the request; and

3.  Be signed by not less than onethird of the registered voters residing in the municipality as shown by the preceding general election.

If the governing body of the municipality determines that the reasons for dissolution are good, it shall call for an election for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the municipality the question of whether or not the municipality should be dissolved.  Notice of the election shall be given by the governing body in the manner provided by law for municipal elections.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 7101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§117102.  Conduct of election  Results.

Registered voters of the municipality shall vote by ballot "yes" or "no" on the question of dissolution of the municipality. The election shall be conducted in accordance with applicable election laws.  If a majority of the votes are in favor of dissolution, and the votes have been cast by at least twofifths of the registered voters of the municipality (as shown by the preceding general election), a statement of the vote signed by the mayor, and attested by the clerk, shall be filed in the office of the county clerk in the county in which the situs of the municipality is located and in the office of the Secretary of State.  At the expiration of six (6) months from the date of the election on the question, the municipality shall cease to be a corporation.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 7102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§117103.  Disposition of property  Payment of debts and liabilities  Contract rights.

The property belonging to the dissolved municipality shall be used first to pay its debts and liabilities, and then disposed of in the manner as a majority of the registered voters of the municipality shall direct in a special election on the question of disposition of property.  No dissolution of an incorporated municipality shall impair the rights of any person in any contract or agreement to which the municipality is a party.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 7103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§117104.  Real property owned by municipality at time of dissolution.

If a municipality is the owner in fee simple of real property at the time it is dissolved, and this real property is thereafter brought within the boundaries of another existing incorporated municipality, the fee simple title of this real property will divest from the dissolved municipality and vest in the existing municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 7104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§117105.  Involuntary dissolution  Grounds  Petition in district court.

The district attorney for the county in which the situs of the municipal government is located may petition for involuntary dissolution of a municipality when the government of a municipality ceases to function by reason of the following:

1.  General municipal elections have not been called in the municipality for two successive general municipal elections; or

2.  A majority of all the members of the governing body fail to qualify for two successive general municipal elections.

The petition requesting involuntary dissolution shall be filed in the district court in the county in which the situs of the municipality is located.  The petition shall state the facts which justify the request and shall set forth a detailed statement of the assets and liabilities of the municipality insofar as they can be ascertained.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 7105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§117106.  Involuntary dissolution  Notice of hearing.

Upon the filing of a petition for the involuntary dissolution of a municipality, the district court shall fix a date for a hearing on the request.  The date of the hearing shall be not less than thirty (30) days after the date of filing.  The district attorney for the county in which the situs of the municipal government is located shall give at least twenty (20) days' notice of the hearing by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, and by posting copies of the notice in five (5) of the most public places in the municipality.  The notice shall state the purpose of the petition and the date and place of the hearing.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 7106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§117107.  Involuntary dissolution  Hearing and order.

Any person owning property in or registered to vote in the municipality may appear at the hearing and give testimony for or against dissolution of the municipality.  If the court finds that the government of the municipality has ceased to function because of the reasons listed in Section 7105 of this title, it shall enter an order for dissolution of the municipality.  The order of the court shall state when the dissolution shall take effect and appoint a receiver, if necessary, to wind up the affairs of the municipality and dispose of its property.  A record of dissolution shall be filed in the manner provided for voluntary dissolution.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 7107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§118101.  Qualifications for elected office.

A municipal elected official shall be a resident and a registered voter of the municipality in which he serves, and all councilmembers or trustees from wards shall be actual residents of their respective wards.  If an elected official ceases to be a resident of the municipality, he shall thereupon cease to be an elected official of that municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 8101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§118102.  Term of office.

Unless otherwise provided for by law, the term of office of an elected municipal official shall be four (4) years.  The term of office of an elected official shall begin at 12:00 noon on the second Monday following the general municipal election, and such official shall serve until his successor is elected and qualified. If a newly elected official does not qualify within thirty (30) days after his term of office begins, the office shall become vacant and shall be filled in the manner provided by law.  In order to complete the unexpired term, the office of an official who is holding over shall be filled at the next general election in compliance with the provisions of Sections 16101 through 16213 of this title.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§118103.  Oath of office.

Any officer, elected or appointed, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take and subscribe to the oath or affirmation of office prescribed by the Oklahoma Constitution.  The oath or affirmation shall be filed in the office of the municipal clerk.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 8103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§118104.  Who may administer oaths.

All officers authorized by state law, the mayor, the municipal clerk, the city manager, the municipal judge or judges and such other officers as the municipal governing body may authorize, may administer oaths and affirmations in any matter pertaining to the affairs and government of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 8104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§118105.  Certain officers to give bond.

The municipal governing body shall require the municipal treasurer, any officer or employee designated by ordinance to sign municipal warrants or municipal checks, and any other officers and employees as the governing body may designate by ordinance, to give bond for the faithful performance of his duties within ten (10) days after his election or appointment, in such amount and form as the governing body shall prescribe.  The municipality shall pay the premiums on such bonds.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 8105, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1992, c. 371, § 1, eff. July 1, 1992.


§118106.  Nepotism  Dual office holding.

No elected or appointed official or other authority of the municipal government shall appoint or elect any person related by affinity or consanguinity within the third degree to any governing body member or to himself or, in the case of a plural authority, to any one of its members to any office or position of profit in the municipal government.  The provisions of this section shall not prohibit an officer or employee already in the service of the municipality from continuing in such service or from promotion therein. A person may hold more than one office or position in a municipal government as the governing body may ordain.  A member of the governing body shall not receive compensation for service in any municipal office or position other than his elected office.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§118107.  Removal of officers.

A municipal elected official may be removed from office for any cause specified by applicable state law for the removal of officers, and by the method or methods prescribed thereby.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 8107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§118108.  Absence from governing body meetings.

Whenever a member of the municipal governing body is absent from more than onehalf of all meetings of the governing body, regular and special, held within any period of four (4) consecutive months, he shall thereupon cease to hold office.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 8108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§118109.  Vacancies in office.

A.  When a vacancy occurs in an office of an elected municipal official except the mayor, the governing body shall appoint, by a majority vote of the remaining members, a person to fill the vacancy until the next general municipal election, or the next biennial town meeting if the municipality is subject to the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act, Section 16301 et seq. of this title, and to serve until a successor is elected and qualified.  Any vacancy shall then be filled at the next general municipal election or biennial town meeting by election of a person to complete the balance of any unexpired term. If the vacancy has not been filled within sixty (60) days after it occurs, the governing body shall call for a special election or a special town meeting for the purpose of filling the vacancy for the duration of the unexpired term unless said vacancy occurs or said election would occur within one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the first day of the filing period for the next general municipal election or within one hundred twenty (120) days prior to the next biennial town meeting. If a vacancy is not filled by the special election or at a special town meeting, it shall be filled by appointment as provided for in this subsection.

B.  If a majority of the offices of a governing body become vacant more than sixty (60) days before the beginning of a regular filing period for general municipal elections or more than sixty (60) days before the biennial town meeting, the remaining members of the governing body shall call for a special election or a special town meeting, if the municipality is subject to the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act, to be held as soon as possible in the municipality for the purpose of filling all vacant offices for the remainder of their unexpired terms if the election or town meeting can be held more than sixty (60) days before the beginning of the filing period for the general election or more than sixty (60) days before the next biennial town meeting.  The remaining members of the governing body may pay claims in accordance with Section 17102 of this title and, when necessary to avoid financial loss or injury to a person or property, may take any action otherwise authorized for the governing body except the enactment of an ordinance.

C.  If all the offices of the governing body become vacant, the municipal clerk or acting municipal clerk shall be the interim mayor until a member of the governing body is elected and qualified.  If there is no municipal clerk or acting municipal clerk in office, the municipal treasurer shall serve as interim mayor and acting municipal clerk.  If there is no municipal officer in office, the Governor may appoint a registered voter of the municipality as interim mayor and acting municipal clerk.  The appointed interim mayor shall give bond for the faithful performance of his duties within ten (10) days after his appointment.  The municipality shall pay the premium on the bond.

D.  The interim mayor shall exercise the authority of the governing body for only those purposes set out in this section.

1.  Within five (5) days of the occurrence of the last vacancy, the interim mayor shall call a special election or a special town meeting, if the municipality is subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act, for the purpose of filling the unexpired terms in accordance with subsection B of this section.  If all of the offices of the governing body become vacant sixty (60) days or less before the beginning of a regular filing period for general elections or sixty (60) days or less before the next biennial town meeting, the interim mayor shall call the regular general election or the biennial town meeting, whichever is appropriate.  If the interim mayor fails or refuses to call an election or town meeting, whichever is appropriate, the board of county commissioners of the county in which the municipality is located shall call the election or town meeting.  The county sheriff, or his deputy, shall attend any town meeting called by the board of county commissioners and, if the interim mayor fails to conduct the meeting, shall moderate the meeting.  The interim mayor or the sheriff or deputy who is moderating the meeting is authorized to appoint a registered voter of the municipality to take the minutes of the meeting.  If the vacancies are not filled by the election or town meeting called for the purpose, the Governor may appoint registered voters of the municipality to fill the vacancies without regard to wards for the balance of the unexpired term.

2.  The interim mayor may pay claims in accordance with subsection C of Section 17102 of this title.  The interim mayor shall submit a list of such payments to the governing body of the municipality no later than the second regular meeting after the vacancies are filled.

E.  To be eligible for appointment to fill a vacancy in an elected municipal office a person must meet the same qualifications required for filing a declaration for candidacy for that office.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1988, c. 105, § 16, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 255, § 1, emerg. eff. May 19, 1989.  

§11-8-110.  Candidacy of municipal officer for county or state office - Resignation.

Any member of a municipal governing body, the city or town clerk, and the city marshal shall be eligible to become a candidate for a county or state office without resigning from the office held by the officer.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 8-110, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2004, c. 47, § 1.


§118111.  Abstinence in voting in certain meetings.

If a member of the governing body of a municipality abstains from voting, he shall be deemed to have cast a negative vote, which shall be recorded in the minutes.

Added by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§118112.  Resignation of municipal officer.

A municipal officer may resign by submitting his written resignation to the governing body of the municipality, to the remaining members of the municipal governing body if some positions are vacant, to the interim mayor or, if all positions of the governing body will become vacant upon the resignation, to the board of county commissioners of the county in which the municipality is located.  Delivery of the written resignation to the governing body during a public meeting of such body or to the municipal clerk by mail or personal delivery during regular office hours shall constitute submission of the resignation to the municipal governing body.  Delivery of the written resignation to the board of county commissioners during a public meeting of the commissioners or to the county clerk by mail or hand delivery during regular office hours shall constitute submission of the resignation to the board of county commissioners.  A resignation submitted by a municipal officer may be withdrawn in writing at any time prior to the effective date stated in the resignation.  If no effective date is stated, the resignation shall be effective immediately.  Acceptance by the governing body shall not be required for the resignation to be effective.

Added by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 17, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§11-8-113.  Certain officers and employees prohibited from conducting certain business with municipality - Exception for municipalities under 2,500 - Definitions - Violations - Employees of financial institutions.

A.  Except as otherwise provided by this section, no municipal officer or employee, or any business in which the officer, employee, or spouse of the officer or employee has a proprietary interest, shall engage in:

1.  Selling, buying, or leasing property, real or personal, to or from the municipality;

2.  Contracting with the municipality; or

3.  Buying or bartering for or otherwise engaging in any manner in the acquisition of any bonds, warrants, or other evidence of indebtedness of the municipality.

B.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to any officer or employee of any municipality of this state with a population of not more than two thousand five hundred (2,500) according to the latest Federal Decennial Census, who has a proprietary interest in a business which is the only business of that type within ten (10) miles of the corporate limits of the municipality.  However, any activities permitted by this subsection shall not exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for any single activity and shall not exceed Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) for all activities in any calendar year.

C.  For purposes of this section, "employee" means any person who is employed by a municipality more than ten (10) hours in a week for more than thirteen (13) consecutive weeks and who enters into, recommends or participates in the decision to enter into any transaction described in subsection A of this section.  Any person who receives wages, reimbursement for expenses, or emoluments of any kind from a municipality, any spouse of the person, or any business in which the person or spouse has a proprietary interest shall not buy or otherwise become interested in the transfer of any surplus property of a municipality or a public trust of which the municipality is beneficiary unless the surplus property is offered for sale to the public after notice of the sale is published.

D.  For purposes of this section, "proprietary interest" means ownership of more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the business or of the stock therein or any percentage which constitutes a controlling interest but shall not include any interest held by a blind trust.

E.  Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.  Any transaction entered into in violation of the provisions of this section is void.  Any member of a governing body who approves any transaction in violation of the provisions of this section shall be held personally liable for the amount of the transaction.

F.  Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, any officer, director or employee of a financial institution may serve on a board of a public body.  Provided, the member shall abstain from voting on any matter relating to a transaction between or involving the financial institution in which they are associated and the public body in which they serve.

Added by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  Amended by Laws 1985, c. 5, § 1, emerg. eff. March 5, 1985; Laws 1995, c. 118, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1996, c. 341, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 2004, c. 68, § 1, emerg. eff. April 7, 2004.


§11-8-114.  Institute - Statewide organization to conduct.

A.  Each person elected for the first time to a position of a municipality on or after January 1, 2005, shall be required within one year after taking the oath of office to attend an institute for municipal officials.  The Institute shall be conducted at all times, in cooperation with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, by or under the supervision of a statewide organization that is exempt from taxation under federal law and designated pursuant to the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, 26 U.S.C., Section 170(a).  The statewide organization shall demonstrate to the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education that it has represented municipalities, had statutory functions and conducted training programs for municipalities for at least fifteen (15) years prior to the effective date of this act.  It shall further demonstrate that its continuous official purpose is to promote the general welfare of cities and towns, to foster or conduct schools, short courses and other training sessions, to provide technical assistance and consultive services and other aids for the improvement and increased efficiency of city and town government, and to serve as the representative of cities and towns in carrying out the duties and prerogatives conferred on it by state law.

B.  The Institute shall consist of eight (8) hours of instruction.  A certificate of completion shall be awarded to those persons who attend and successfully complete the Institute and a list of those persons shall be filed with the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

C.  The curriculum for the Institute shall include, but not be limited to:  municipal budget requirements, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act, ethics, procedures for conducting meetings, conflict of interest, and purchasing procedures.

D.  The Institute shall be held at a minimum of six regional locations in the state.  Every effort shall be made by the Institute to accommodate training through long-distance learning.

E.  A person elected to a municipal position who fails to satisfy the education requirements of this section shall cease to hold the position commencing at the next scheduled meeting of the governing body following the first year anniversary of the person's taking the oath of office.

F.  At the time of filing, the designated statewide organization shall provide the necessary information to the candidate of the option for attendance at the Institute as provided for in this section.  In the case of officials nominated and elected for municipal offices at town meetings, the presiding officer of the town meeting shall notify the candidate of the option.

Added by Laws 2005, c. 147, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.


§119101.  Statutory aldermanic form of government.

The form of government provided by Sections 9101 through 9118 of this title shall be known as the statutory aldermanic form of city government.  Cities governed under the statutory aldermanic form shall have all the powers, functions, rights, privileges, franchises and immunities granted, or which may be granted, to cities.  Such powers shall be exercised as provided by law applicable to cities under the aldermanic form, or if the manner is not thus prescribed, then in such manner as the governing body may prescribe.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§119102.  Governing body.

The governing body of a statutory aldermanic city shall consist of the mayor, who is elected at large, and one or two councilmembers from each ward of the city.  The governing body may submit to the voters the question of whether one or two councilmembers shall be elected from each ward.  If approved, the change shall become effective for the next regular municipal election which shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Section 16202 or 16204 of this title, whichever is applicable.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§119103.  Qualifications of governing body members.

The governing body members shall be residents and registered voters of the city, and the councilmembers from wards shall be actual residents of their respective wards.  Removal of a councilmember from the ward for which he was elected shall cause a vacancy in the office of that councilmember.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§119104.  Mayor  Duties as president of council.

The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, and shall certify to the correct enrollment of all ordinances and resolutions passed by it.  The mayor is not considered a member of the council for quorum or voting purposes; except that he may vote on questions under consideration by the council only when the council is equally divided.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§119105.  Mayor Duties as chief executive officer.

The mayor shall be chief executive officer of the administrative branch of the government of the city.  The mayor shall be recognized as the head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes and by the Governor for purposes of military law.  The mayor shall:

1.  appoint, subject to confirmation by the city council, a city attorney and all heads or directors of administrative departments including members of boards and commissions and shall appoint all other administrative officers and employees of the city; and

2.  sign the commissions and appointments of all officers, elected or appointed; and

3.  remove or suspend city officers or employees against whom charges of incompetency, neglect, or violation of duty are made, until such time as the council shall take action on the charges; and  4.  supervise and control all administrative departments, agencies, officers, and employees, act promptly on a charge of neglect or violation of duty of any officer or employee, and require any officer to account for and report to the council in writing on any subject pertaining to the duties, powers, or functions of the officer when the mayor deems necessary; and

5.  prepare a budget annually and submit it to the council. The mayor shall be responsible for the administration of the budget after it goes into effect; and

6.  keep the council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the city.  The mayor shall submit to the council a report after the end of the fiscal year on the finances and administrative activities of the city for the preceding year; and

7.  make recommendations to the council of measures for the wellbeing of the city; and

8.  enforce the city ordinances; and

9.  grant pardons for violation of city ordinances, including the remission of fines and costs, subject to the approval of the council.  Said approval may only be given at a meeting of the council after the reasons and order of remission or pardon have been entered on the journal; and

10.  have such other powers, duties, and functions as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 11, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§119106.  Mayor  Signing ordinances  Veto power.

The mayor may sign or veto any city ordinance or resolution passed by the city council.  Any ordinance or resolution vetoed by the mayor may be passed over his veto by a vote of twothirds (2/3) of all the members of the council.  If the mayor neglects or refuses to sign any ordinance or return it with his objections in writing at the next regular meeting of the council, the ordinance shall become law without his signature.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§119107.  Election of council president  Duties.

The council shall elect from among its members a president of the city council.  The council president shall be elected in each oddnumbered year at the first council meeting held after council terms begin, or as soon thereafter as practicable, and he shall serve until his successor has been elected and qualified.  The council president shall act as mayor during the absence, disability or suspension of the mayor.  He shall preside at all meetings of the council in the absence of the mayor and while presiding in the place of the mayor, he shall have all the powers, rights, privileges and duties as other members of the council.  In the absence of the mayor and the council president, the council shall elect from among its members an acting president of the city council to occupy the position temporarily.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§119108.  Powers vested in council  Designated powers.

Except as otherwise provided in this article, all powers of a statutory aldermanic city, including the determination of matters of policy, shall be vested in the council.  Without limitation of the foregoing, the council may:

1.  Enact municipal legislation subject to such limitations as may now or hereafter be imposed by the Oklahoma Constitution and law;

2.  Raise revenue, make appropriations, regulate salaries and wages, and all other fiscal affairs of the city, subject to such limitations as may now or hereafter be imposed by the Oklahoma Constitution and law;

3.  Inquire into the conduct of any office, department or agency of the city, and investigate municipal affairs, or authorize and provide for such inquiries; and

4.  Create, change and abolish offices, departments and agencies other than those established by law; assign additional functions and duties to offices, departments and agencies established by this article; and define the duties, powers and privileges of all officers which are not defined by this article.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§119109.  Council  Meetings.

The council shall meet regularly at least monthly at such times as it may prescribe by ordinance or otherwise.  The mayor or any three (3) councilmembers may call special meetings.  The call for special meetings must be in writing and specify the subjects to be considered.  No business other than that specified in the call shall be transacted at the special meeting.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§119110.  Council  Quorum  Rules and voting.

A majority of all the members of the council shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day.  The council shall determine its own rules, and may compel the attendance of absent members in the manner and under penalties as the council may prescribe.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§119111.  Vacancy in the office of mayor.

When a vacancy occurs in the office of the mayor less than ninety (90) days before the next regular municipal election, the president of the city council shall act as mayor until the next regular municipal election, at which time the registered voters of the city shall elect a person to fill any unexpired term, and until a mayor is elected and qualified for office.  If the vacancy in the mayor's office occurs more than ninety (90) days before the next regular municipal election, the acting mayor shall cause a special election to be held for the purpose of electing a mayor for the duration of the unexpired term.  The acting mayor shall be entitled to receive the same compensation as the mayor would be entitled to.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9111, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§119112.  City clerk  Creation and duties  Compensation.

The city clerk shall be an officer of the city.  The clerk shall serve as clerk for the council. The city clerk shall:

1.  keep the journal of the proceedings of the city council; and

2.  enroll all ordinances and resolutions passed by the council in a book or set of books kept for that purpose; and

3.  have custody of documents, records, and archives, as may be provided for by law or by ordinance, and have custody of the seal of the city; and

4.  attest and affix the seal of the city to documents as required by law or by ordinance; and

5.  have such other powers, duties, and functions related to his statutory duties as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance. The person who serves as city clerk may be employed by the city to perform duties not related to his position as city clerk.  The salary, if any, for said duties shall be provided for separately by ordinance.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§119113.  City treasurer  Creation and duties  Compensation.

The city treasurer shall be an officer of the city.  Subject to such regulations as the council may prescribe, the city treasurer shall deposit daily funds received for the city in depositories as the council may designate.  The city treasurer shall have such other powers, duties, and functions related to his statutory duties as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance.  The person who serves as city treasurer may be employed by the city to perform duties not related to his position as city treasurer.  The salary, if any, for said duties shall be provided for separately by ordinance.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 13, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§119114.  Marshal and street commissioner.

There shall be one marshal and one street commissioner, who shall be officers of the city.  The marshal may be the chief of police.  The marshal shall have such powers, duties, and functions as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance.  The street commissioner may be the head of the street department.  The street commissioner shall have such powers, duties, and functions as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§119115.  Merger or consolidation of city offices.

The governing body may combine, merge, or consolidate by ordinance any of the various offices of city government as it deems necessary and convenient for the administration of the affairs or government of the city.  Any consolidation of elected city offices shall go into effect at the end of the term of office of those officers whose offices are consolidated or when a vacancy occurs in one of the offices to be consolidated.  An ordinance consolidating offices must be enacted at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the next municipal primary election.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 15, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§11-9-116.  Compensation of elective officers.

The compensation of all elective city officers shall be fixed by ordinance.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9-116, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1996, c. 79, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.


§119117.  Appointments and removals.

Appointments and promotions in the service of a statutory aldermanic city shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness.  Removals, demotions, suspensions, and layoffs shall be made solely for the good of the service.  The council may suspend for cause, by a majority vote of all its members, any officer of the city except the mayor.  The council by ordinance may establish a system for appointment and removal of employees on the basis of merit.  After the council establishes a merit system, it shall adopt regulations governing the organization and functioning of the system, and for the regulation of personnel matters.  The ordinance establishing the merit system may not be repealed except upon the approval of a majority of the registered voters voting on the question at a special or general election in the city.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 16, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§119118.  City officials and employees  Suspension or removal  Successors.

An appointed officer or employee may be suspended, demoted, laid off or removed by the mayor.  Where appeal procedures have not been established by ordinance, the officer or employee may appeal the action to the city council.  The appeal shall be in writing and shall be filed with the clerk of the council within ten (10) days after the effective date of the layoff, suspension, demotion or removal.  The council may affirm, reverse or modify the mayor's decision.  The mayor may appoint a person to act during the temporary absence, disability or suspension of such officer or employee, or, in the case of a vacancy, until a successor is appointed and qualified.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 9118, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110101.  Statutory councilmanager form of government.

The form of government provided by Sections 10101 through 10121 of this title shall be known as the statutory councilmanager form of city government.  Cities governed under the statutory councilmanager form shall have all the powers, functions, rights, privileges, franchises and immunities granted, or which may be granted, to cities.  Such powers shall be exercised as provided by law applicable to cities under the statutory councilmanager form, or if the manner is not thus prescribed, then in such manner as the council may prescribe.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110102.  Governing body.

The governing body of a statutory councilmanager city shall consist of one (1) councilmember from each ward of the city and one (1) councilmember at large.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110103.  Qualifications of councilmembers.

The councilmembers shall be residents and registered voters of the city.  The councilmembers from wards shall be actual residents of their respective wards at the time of their candidacy and election; but removal of a councilmember from one ward to another within the city after his election, or a change in ward boundaries, shall not disqualify him from completing the term for which he was elected.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110104.  Election of mayor and vicemayor.

The council shall elect from among its members a mayor and a vicemayor.  The mayor and vicemayor shall be elected in each oddnumbered year at the first council meeting held after council terms begin, or as soon thereafter as practicable, and they shall serve until their respective successors have been elected and qualified.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-10-105.  Duties of mayor and vice-mayor.

The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council, and shall certify to the correct enrollment of all ordinances and resolutions passed by it.  He shall be recognized as head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes and by the Governor for purposes of military law.  He shall have no regular administrative duties except that he shall sign all conveyances and other written obligations of the city as the council may require.  The vice-mayor shall act as mayor during the absence, disability or suspension of the mayor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10-105, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1110106.  Powers vested in council  Designated powers.

All powers of a statutory councilmanager city, including the determination of matters of policy, shall be vested in the council. Without limitation of the foregoing, the council may:

1.  Appoint and remove the city manager as provided by law;

2.  Enact municipal legislation subject to limitations as may now or hereafter be imposed by the Oklahoma Constitution and law;

3.  Raise revenue, make appropriations, regulate salaries and wages, and all other fiscal affairs of the city, subject to such limitations as may now or hereafter be imposed by the Oklahoma Constitution and law;

4.  Inquire into the conduct of any office, department or agency of the city, and investigate municipal affairs, or authorize and provide for such inquiries;

5.  Appoint or elect and remove its own subordinates, members of commissions and boards and other quasilegislative or quasijudicial officers as provided by law, or prescribe the method of appointing or electing and removing them;

6.  Create, change and abolish offices, departments and agencies other than those established by law, and assign additional functions and duties to offices, departments and agencies established by this article; and

7.  Grant pardons for violations of municipal ordinances, including the remission of fines and costs, upon the recommendation of the municipal judge.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110107.  Limitation of council authority to act through city manager.

Except for the purposes of inquiry, the council and its members shall deal with the administrative service of the city solely through the city manager.  The council and its members may not:

1.  Direct or request the city manager or other authority to appoint or remove officers or employees;

2.  Participate in any manner in the appointment or removal of officers and employees of the city, except as provided by law; or

3.  Give orders on ordinary administrative matters to any subordinate of the city manager either publicly or privately.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110108.  Council  Meetings.

The council shall meet regularly at least monthly at such times as it may prescribe by ordinance or otherwise.  The mayor or any three councilmembers may call special meetings.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110109.  Council  Quorum  Rules and voting.

A majority of all the members of the council shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day.  The council shall determine its own rules.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110110.  Vacancy in the office of mayor or vicemayor.

When a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor, the vicemayor shall become the mayor for the duration of the unexpired term.  When a vacancy occurs in the office of vicemayor, the council shall elect another vicemayor from among its members for the duration of the unexpired term.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-10-111.  Compensation of elective officers.

The compensation of all elective city officers shall be fixed by ordinance.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10-111, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1996, c. 79, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.


§11-10-112.  City manager - Appointment by council.

The council shall appoint a city manager for an indefinite term by a vote of a majority of all its members.  It shall choose the city manager solely on the basis of executive and administrative qualifications with special reference to the actual experience in, or the knowledge of, accepted practice in respect to the duties of the office.  At the time of appointment, the city manager need not be a resident of the city or state; but during the tenure of holding office the city manager shall reside within the city.  City managers may appoint themselves, or the council or other authority may appoint or elect the city manager, to other offices and positions in the city government, subject to regulations prescribed by ordinance; but the city manager may not receive compensation for service in such other offices or positions.  Neither the mayor nor any members of the city council may be appointed city manager during the term for which they shall have been elected nor within two (2) years after they cease to hold such office.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10-112, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2005, c. 386, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.


§1110113.  City manager  Duties.

The city manager shall be the chief executive officer and head of the administrative branch of the city government.  He shall execute the laws and administer the government of the city, and shall be responsible therefor to the council.  He shall:

1.  Appoint, and when necessary for the good of the service, remove, demote, lay off or suspend all heads of administrative departments and other administrative officers and employees of the city except as otherwise provided by law.  The manager or the council by ordinance may authorize the head of a department, office or agency to appoint and remove the subordinates in such department, office or agency;

2.  Supervise and control all administrative departments, officers and agencies;

3.  Prepare a budget annually and submit it to the council and be responsible for the administration of the budget after it goes into effect; and recommend to the council any changes in the budget which he deems desirable;

4.  Submit to the council a report after the end of the fiscal year on the finances and administrative activities of the city for the preceding year;

5.  Keep the council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the city, and make recommendations as he deems desirable; and

6.  Perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10114, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110114.  Designation of acting city manager.

The city manager, by letter filed with the city clerk, may appoint a qualified administrative officer of the city to be acting city manager during the temporary absence or disability of the city manager.  The council may appoint an acting city manager whenever:

1.  The manager fails to make such designation;

2.  The council suspends the city manager; or

3.  There is a vacancy in the office of city manager.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10114, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110115.  Suspension or removal of city manager.

The council may suspend or remove the city manager or acting city manager at any time by a vote of a majority of all its members.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10115, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110116.  Purchases and sales by city manager  Competitive bidding  Transfer of manager's powers.

A.  The city manager shall contract for, purchase, or issue purchase authorizations for all supplies, materials, and equipment for offices, departments, and agencies of the city government, subject to any regulations which the council may prescribe.  Every contract or purchase exceeding an amount to be established by the council shall require the prior approval of the council.  The city manager may also sell or transfer to or between offices, departments, and agencies surplus or obsolete supplies, materials, and equipment, subject to regulations the council may prescribe.

B.  The council may prescribe requirements and procedures for competitive bidding.  Notice and opportunity for competitive bidding shall be given before a purchase or contract for supplies, materials, or equipment is made, and before a sale of any surplus or obsolete supplies, materials, or equipment is made, in accordance with regulations the council may prescribe.  The council shall not exempt a particular contract, purchase, or sale from the requirement of competitive bidding.

C.  The council may transfer some or all of the power granted to the city manager pursuant to the provisions of this section to an employee appointed by and subordinate to the city manager.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 17, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1110117.  City clerk  Creation and duties  Compensation.

The city clerk shall be an officer of the city, appointed by the city manager for an indefinite term.  The city clerk shall serve as clerk for the council.  Subject to regulations the council may prescribe, the city clerk shall:

1.  keep the journal of the proceedings of the council; and

2.  enroll all ordinances and resolutions passed by the council in a book or set of books kept for that purpose; and

3.  have custody of documents, records, and archives, as may be provided for by law or by ordinance, and have custody of the seal of the city; and

4.  attest and affix the seal of the city to documents as required by law or by ordinance; and

5.  have such other powers, duties, and functions related to his statutory duties as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance. The person who serves as city clerk may be employed by the city to perform duties not related to his position as city clerk.  The salary, if any, for said duties shall be provided for separately by ordinance.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10-117, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1984, c. 126, § 18, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.


§1110118.  City treasurer  Creation and duties  Compensation.

The city treasurer shall be an officer of the city, appointed by the council for an indefinite term.  The council may provide by ordinance that the same person may hold both the office of city clerk and the office of city treasurer.  Subject to such regulations as the council may prescribe, the city treasurer shall deposit daily funds received for the city in depositories as the council may designate.  The city treasurer shall have such other powers, duties, and functions related to his statutory duties as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance. The person who serves as city treasurer may be employed by the city to perform duties not related to his position as city treasurer.  The salary, if any, for said duties shall be provided for separately by ordinance.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 19, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1110119.  Departments included in councilmanager government.

In a statutory councilmanager city, there shall be a police department, a fire department, a department of law headed by a city attorney, and other administrative departments, offices and agencies as the council may establish.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10119, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110120.  Appointments and removals.

Appointments and promotions in the service of a statutory councilmanager city shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness; and removals, demotions, suspensions, and layoffs shall be made solely for the good of the service.  The council by ordinance may establish a merit system and provide for its organization and functioning, and provide for personnel administration and regulation of personnel matters.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10120, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1110121.  City officials and employees  Suspension or removal  Successors.

An officer or employee may be suspended, demoted, laid off or removed by the city manager or other authority which has the power to appoint or elect the officer or employee.  The city manager or other authority which has the power to appoint or elect the successor of an officer or employee may appoint or elect a person to act during the temporary absence, disability or suspension of such officer or employee, or, in the case of a vacancy, until a successor is appointed or elected and qualified.  The council may ordain that a particular superior or subordinate or deputy of such officer or employee shall act in such cases.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 10121, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111101.  Strongmayorcouncil form of government.

The form of government provided by Sections 11101 through 11125 of this title shall be known as the statutory strongmayorcouncil form of city government. Cities governed under the statutory strongmayorcouncil form shall have all the powers, functions, rights, privileges, franchises and immunities granted, or which may be granted, to cities.  Such powers shall be exercised as provided by law applicable to cities under the statutory strongmayorcouncil form, or if the manner is not thus prescribed, then in such manner as the council may prescribe.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111102.  Governing body.

The governing body of a statutory strongmayorcouncil city shall consist of the mayor, who is elected at large, and one (1) councilmember from each ward of the city.  The mayor shall serve as ex officio councilmember at large.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11102, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1111103.  Qualifications of governing body members.

The governing body members shall be residents and registered voters of the city.  The councilmembers from wards shall be actual residents of their respective wards at the time of their candidacy and election; but removal of a councilmember from one ward to another within the city after his election, or a change in ward boundaries, shall not disqualify him from completing the term for which he was elected.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111104.  Election of vicemayor  Duties.

The council shall elect from among its members a vicemayor. The vicemayor shall be elected in each oddnumbered year at the first council meeting held after council terms begin, or as soon thereafter as practicable, and he shall serve until his successor has been elected and qualified.  The vicemayor shall act as mayor during the absence, disability or suspension of the mayor.  During the absence, disability or suspension of both the mayor and vicemayor, the council may elect an acting mayor from among its members to serve as mayor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111105.  Mayor  Duties as president of council  Temporary council president.

A.  The mayor shall preside at meetings of the council and shall certify to the correct enrollment of all ordinances and resolutions passed by it.  As councilmember at large, he shall have all the powers, rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of a councilmember, including the right to vote on questions.

B.  The council may elect any councilmember to preside as temporary president of the council whenever it deems that the mayor has a personal interest in a matter under consideration, or it deems that the mayor is not properly performing his duties as presiding officer.  Such temporary president may certify to the correct enrollment of ordinances and resolutions passed while he is presiding.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111106.  Mayor  Duties as chief executive officer.

The mayor shall be chief executive officer and head of the administrative branch of the city government.  He shall execute the laws and ordinances, and administer the government of the city.  He shall be recognized as the head of the city government for all ceremonial purposes and by the Governor for purposes of military law.  He shall:

1.  Appoint, and when necessary for the good of the service, remove, demote, lay off, or suspend all heads or directors of administrative departments and all other administrative officers and employees of the city in the manner provided by law.  The mayor or the council by ordinance may authorize the head of a department, office or agency to appoint and remove subordinates in such department, office or agency;

2.  Supervise and control, directly or indirectly, all administrative departments, agencies, officers and employees;

3.  Prepare a budget annually and submit it to the council and be responsible for the administration of the budget after it goes into effect; and recommend to the council any changes in the budget which he deems desirable;

4.  Submit to the council a report after the end of the fiscal year on the finances and administrative activities of the city for the preceding year;

5.  Keep the council advised of the financial condition and future needs of the city, and make such recommendations as he deems desirable;

6.  Grant pardons for violations of city ordinances, including the remission of fines and costs, upon the recommendation of the municipal judge; and

7.  Have such other powers, duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111107.  Mayor  Additional offices or duties.

The mayor may appoint himself, or the council or other authority may elect or appoint him, to other offices and positions in the city government, subject to regulations as the council may prescribe; but he may not receive compensation for service in such other offices and positions.  The council may provide that the mayor shall hold ex officio designated administrative offices subordinate to the mayor as well as other designated compatible city offices.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111108.  Powers vested in council  Designated powers.

Except as otherwise provided in this article, all powers of a statutory strongmayorcouncil city, including the determination of all matters of policy, shall be vested in the council.  Without limitation of the foregoing, the council may:

1.  Enact municipal legislation suject to such limitations as may now or hereafter be imposed by the Oklahoma Constitution and law;

2.  Raise revenue, make appropriations, regulate salaries and wages, and all other fiscal affairs of the city, subject to such limitations as may now or hereafter be imposed by the Oklahoma Constitution and law;

3.  Inquire into the conduct of any office, department or agency of the city, and investigate municipal affairs, or to authorize and provide for such inquiries and investigations;

4.  Appoint or elect and remove its own subordinates, members of commissions and boards, and other quasilegislative, quasijudicial or advisory officers and authorities as provided by law, or prescribe the method of appointing or electing and removing them; and

5.  Create, change and abolish offices, departments and agencies other than those established by law, and assign additional functions and duties to offices, departments and agencies established by this article.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111109.  Council  Meetings.

The council shall meet regularly at least monthly at such times as it may prescribe by ordinance or otherwise.  The mayor or any three councilmembers may call special meetings.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111110.  Council  Quorum  Rules.

A majority of all the members of the council shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day.  The council may determine its own rules.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111111.  Vacancy in the office of mayor or vicemayor.

When a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor, the vicemayor shall act as mayor until a mayor is elected by the council and qualified for office.  To fill the vacancy, the council shall elect a registered voter of the city, who may or may not already be a council member at the time, to be mayor until the next general municipal election, and to serve until a successor is elected and qualified.  Any vacancy shall then be filled at the next general municipal election by election of a person to complete the balance of any unexpired term.  If the vacancy has not been filled within sixty (60) days after it occurs, the governing body shall call for a special election for the purpose of filling the vacancy for the duration of the unexpired term.  However, if less than one (1) year remains of the unexpired term, the council shall elect a registered voter of the city, who may or may not already be a council member at the time, to be mayor for the duration of the unexpired term.  When a vacancy occurs in the office of vicemayor, the council shall elect from among its members another vicemayor for the duration of the unexpired term.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11-111, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1993, c. 9, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.


§11-11-112.  Compensation of elective officers.

The compensation of all elective city officers shall be fixed by ordinance.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11-112, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1996, c. 79, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.


§1111113.  City clerk  Creation and duties  Compensation.

The city clerk shall be an officer of the city, appointed by the mayor for an indefinite term.  The city clerk shall serve as clerk for the council.  Subject to regulations the council may prescribe, the city clerk shall:

1.  keep the journal of the proceedings of the council; and

2.  enroll all ordinances and resolutions passed by the council in a book or books kept for that purpose; and

3.  have custody of documents, records, and archives, as may be provided for by law or by ordinance, and have custody of the seal of the city; and

4.  attest and affix the seal of the city to documents as required by law or by ordinance; and

5.  have such other powers, duties, and functions related to his statutory duties as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance. The person who serves as city clerk may be employed by the city to perform duties not related to his position as city clerk.  The salary, if any, for said duties shall be provided for separately by ordinance.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 20, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1111114.  Appointment of temporary clerk of council.

The council may appoint a temporary clerk of the council to serve during the absence from a meeting of the city clerk and acting city clerk, if any, or when it deems that the city clerk or acting city clerk is not properly performing his duties as clerical officer of the council.  The temporary clerk of the council shall keep the journal of its proceedings, certify documents of the council, and perform all other duties and functions as clerical officer of the council, under the direction of the council and its presiding officer.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11114, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111115.  City treasurer  Creation and duties  Compensation.

The city treasurer shall be an officer of the city, appointed by the mayor for an indefinite term.  The council may provide by ordinance that the same person may hold both the office of city clerk and the office of city treasurer.  Said council may also provide by ordinance that the city clerk shall be ex officio city treasurer and that an acting city clerk shall be ex officio acting city treasurer.  Subject to such regulations as the council may prescribe, the city treasurer shall deposit daily funds received for the city in depositories as the council may designate.  The city treasurer shall have such other powers, duties, and functions related to his statutory duties as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance.  The person who serves as city treasurer may be employed by the city to perform duties not related to his position as city treasurer.  The salary, if any, for said duties shall be provided for separately by ordinance.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 21, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1111116.  Purchases and sales by mayor  Competitive bidding  Transfer of mayor's powers.

A.  The mayor, subject to any regulations which the council may prescribe, shall contract for, purchase, or issue purchase authorizations for all supplies, materials and equipment for offices, departments and agencies of the city government.  Every contract or purchase exceeding an amount to be established by ordinance shall require the prior approval of the council.  The mayor may also sell or transfer to or between offices, departments and agencies, surplus or obsolete supplies, materials and equipment, subject to regulations as the council may prescribe.

B.  The council by ordinance may prescribe requirements and procedures for competitive bidding.  Notice and opportunity for competitive bidding, in accordance with regulations as the council may prescribe, shall then be given before a purchase or contract for supplies, materials or equipment is made.  The council shall not exempt a particular contract, purchase or sale from the requirement of competitive bidding.

C.  The council by ordinance may transfer some or all of the power granted to the mayor by this section to an officer appointed by and subordinate to the mayor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11116, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111117.  Departments and agencies.

In a statutory strongmayorcouncil city, there shall be a police department, a fire department, a department of law headed by a city attorney, and such other administrative departments, offices and agencies as the council may establish.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11117, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111118.  Appointments and removals  Personnel department.

Appointments and promotions in the service of a statutory strongmayorcouncil city shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness; and removals, demotions, suspensions and layoffs shall be made solely for the good of the service.  The council by ordinance may establish a merit system and provide for its organization and functioning, and provide for personnel administration and regulations of personnel matters.  If and when the council establishes a merit system, it shall create a personnel department, the head of which shall be a personnel director appointed by the mayor for an indefinite term.  The mayor may serve also as personnel director.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11118, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111119.  Personnel board  Membership and tenure.

In a statutory strongmayorcouncil city, there shall be a personnel board consisting of three members elected by the council for staggered sixyear terms.  The council shall elect the three original members so that the term of one member will expire in each succeeding evennumbered year.  The term of their successors shall be for six (6) years, beginning at 7:30 o'clock p.m. on the first Monday in May in every evennumbered year.  Members shall serve until their successors are elected and qualified, and they shall serve without compensation unless the council provides otherwise. The council, by a vote of a majority of its members, after adequate opportunity for a public hearing, may remove a member for the good of the service, and may fill vacancies for the unexpired term.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11119, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111120.  Personnel board  Officers and meetings.

At the time prescribed for the beginning of the term of a newly elected member or as soon thereafter as practicable, the members of the personnel board shall elect a chairman, a vicechairman and a secretary.  The secretary need not be a member of the board.  The board shall determine the time and place of its regular meetings, and the chairman or two members may call special meetings of the board.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11120, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111121.  Classified and unclassified service.

All officers and employees of a statutory strongmayorcouncil city shall be divided into the classified and the unclassified service.  The unclassified service shall consist of:

1.  The mayor and councilmembers, one secretary of the mayor, if any, the municipal judge, and one clerk or secretary of the municipal court, if any;

2.  All personnel appointed, elected or confirmed by the council;

3.  Members and secretaries of boards, commissions and other plural authorities; 4.  All personnel who serve without compensation; and

5.  Persons appointed or employed on a temporary basis to make or conduct a special audit, inquiry, investigation, study, examination or installation, or to perform a temporary professional or technical service, subject to exclusions, limitations and regulations as may be prescribed by ordinance or personnel rules.

All other officers and employees shall be in the classified service.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11121, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111122.  Political appointments or promotions prohibited  Review of alleged violations.

A.  Neither the mayor nor any other appointing authority may appoint or promote any person to any office or position in the classified service of the city for any political reason nor for any reason other than merit and fitness.

B.  A qualified elector of the city may bring an alleged violation of this section before the city personnel board for consideration and determination.  Alleged violations shall be made in the form of a sworn complaint charging that a designated person has been appointed or promoted to an office or position in the classified service in violation of this section.  The complaint shall be filed with the secretary or chairman of the personnel board not later than sixty (60) days after the effective date of such appointment or promotion, and shall be accompanied by a deposit of Twenty Dollars ($20.00) for payment of costs.  The personnel board shall provide adequate opportunity for a public hearing on the complaint.  If the board finds to its satisfaction that the appointment or promotion was made in violation of this section, it shall veto the appointment or promotion.  The appointment or promotion shall thereby be nullified and the money deposit shall be returned to the complainant.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11122, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111123.  Political activity prohibited for officers and employees in classified service  Removal for violations.

A.  No officer or employee in the classified service of a statutory strongmayorcouncil city may actively influence, or actively attempt to influence, or work actively for, the nomination, election or defeat of any candidate for mayor or councilmember; but this shall not prohibit the ordinary exercise of one's right as a citizen to express his opinions and to vote.  An officer or employee who violates this section shall be removed from office or position either by the authority normally having power to remove him, or, after adequate opportunity for a public hearing, by the personnel board.  An officer or employee who violates this section shall not hold any office or position in the city government for a period of four (4) years thereafter.

B.  A qualified elector of the city may bring an alleged violation of this section before the personnel board for consideration and determination.  Alleged violations shall be made in the form of a sworn complaint charging an officer or employee with such violation.  The complaint shall be filed with the secretary or chairman of the personnel board and shall be accompanied by a deposit of Twenty Dollars ($20.00) for payment of costs.  If the personnel board finds to its satisfaction that the officer or employee has violated this section prohibiting political activity, it shall remove him from office or position, and the money deposit shall be returned to the complainant.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11123, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111124.  City officials and employees  Suspension or removal  Successors.

An officer or employee may be suspended, demoted, laid off or removed in the manner provided by law by the mayor or other authority which has the power to appoint or elect the officer or employee.  The mayor or other authority which has the power to appoint or elect the successor of an officer or employee may appoint or elect a person to act during the temporary absence, disability or suspension of such officer or employee, or, in the case of a vacancy, until a successor is appointed or elected and qualified. The council may ordain that a particular superior or subordinate or deputy of such officer or employee shall act in such cases.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11124, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1111125.  Removal of employees in classified service  Procedure.

Whenever the mayor or other authority lays off, suspends without pay, demotes or removes an officer or employee in the classified service who has completed a probationary period of six (6) months, the following procedure shall apply:

1.  The mayor or other appointing authority shall deliver, or mail by certified mail, a written statement of the causes for the layoff, suspension, demotion or removal to the officer or employee not later than three (3) days after the effective date of the personnel action;

2.  The officer or employee may appeal the action to the personnel board.  The appeal must be in writing, and must be filed with the secretary or chairman of the personnel board within ten (10) days after the effective date of the layoff, suspension, demotion or removal;

3.  The personnel board shall hold a public hearing on the appeal, or give an adequate opportunity therefor, as soon as practicable after an appeal has been filed;

4.  The personnel board shall report in writing its findings and recommendations to the mayor, where the appellant is a subordinate of the mayor, or to the respective authority having power of removal; and

5.  The mayor or other authority having power of removal shall make the final decision in writing regarding the appellant's layoff, suspension, demotion or removal; but if the personnel board finds to its satisfaction that the layoff, suspension, demotion, or removal was made for a political reason or for any reason other than the good of the service, it shall veto the layoff, suspension, demotion or removal, and the action by the mayor or other authority shall be nullified thereby.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 11125, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1112101.  Statutory town board of trustees form of government.

The form of government provided by Sections 12101 through 12114 of this title shall be known as the statutory town board of trustees form of government. Towns governed under the statutory town board of trustees form shall have all the powers, functions, rights, privileges, franchises and immunities granted, or which may be granted, to towns.  Such powers shall be exercised as provided by law applicable to towns under the town board of trustees form, or if the manner is not thus prescribed, then in such manner as the board of trustees may prescribe.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1112102.  Governing body  Board of trustees  Terms.

The town board of trustees shall consist of either three (3) or five (5) trustees who shall be nominated from wards or at large and elected at large.  The governing body may submit to the voters the question of whether the town board shall consist of either three (3) or five (5) trustees. If approved, the election of trustees to fill any new positions shall take place at the time set by the town board but no later than the next regular municipal election.  The terms of the new trustees shall be staggered as provided for in Sections 16205 and 16206 of this title.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 22, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1112103.  Qualifications of trustees.

The trustees who are nominated from wards shall be actual residents of their respective wards.  Removal of a trustee from the ward for which he was elected shall not cause a vacancy in the office of that trustee.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12103, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1981, c. 14, § 2.  

§1112103.1.  Nomination and election of at large trustees  Ordinance  Petition.

A.  The board of trustees may, by ordinance, provide for the nomination and election at large of the trustees of a statutory town board of trustees form of government; provided, however, that such ordinance shall not become effective until sixty (60) days following the date of its publication.  After the ordinance becomes effective, the requirement that trustees of a town be residents of and nominated from wards shall not apply.

B.  Within such sixtyday period, the registered voters of such town may petition for an election on the question of nominating and electing the trustees at large.  The petition shall be signed by a number of such registered voters that is not less than twenty percent (20%) of the votes cast at the most recent election for the town office receiving the greatest number of votes.  The petition shall be filed with the town clerk.  The ordinance providing for the nomination and election of trustees at large shall be suspended pending the determination of the sufficiency of the number of signatures on the petition or the determination of the results of the election.

C.  Each petition filed with the town clerk shall be on a separate sheet and shall be authenticated by the affidavit of at least one credible witness that the signatures are genuine and that the signers of the petition are registered voters of the town.  The clerk shall make a physical count of the number of signatures appearing on the petitions and shall verify with the county election board the number of votes cast at the most recent town election for the office receiving the greatest number of votes.  The clerk shall then publish a notice of the filing and the apparent sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition.  The notice shall also state that any qualified elector of the town may file a protest to the petition or an objection to the count made by the clerk.  A protest to the petition or the count of signatures shall be filed in the district court in the county in which the situs of the town is located within ten (10) days after the publication.  Written notice of the protest shall be served upon the clerk and the parties who filed the petition.  In the case of the filing of an objection to the count, notice shall also be served upon any party filing a protest.  The district court shall fix a day, not less than ten (10) days after the filing of a protest, to hear testimony and arguments for and against the sufficiency of the petition.  A protest filed by anyone, if abandoned by the party filing it, may be revived within five (5) days by any other qualified elector.  After the hearing, the district court shall decide whether such petition is in form required by law.  If the number of signatures on the petition is insufficient, the ordinance shall become effective.

D.  If the number of signatures of the registered voters on the petition is sufficient, an election on the question shall be conducted as provided in the applicable sections of Article 16 of this title.  The question on the ballot shall read substantially as follows:

For the nomination and election of

  trustees at large  (  )

Against the nomination and election

  of trustees at large   (  )

E.  If a majority of the votes cast on the question favor the nomination and election of trustees at large, the ordinance shall become effective.  If a majority of the votes cast on the question are against the nomination and election of the trustees at large, the ordinance shall not become effective.

Laws 1981, c. 14, § 3.  

§1112103.2.  Notice of at large election of trustees  Ballot  Candidate elected.

A.  Whenever the trustees of a town are to be nominated and elected at large, the notice of election shall state the number of trustees to be elected for fouryear terms and the number of trustees to be elected to fill unexpired terms, if any.  Candidates for the office of trustee shall state on the declaration of candidacy the term of the office being sought.

B.  The ballot shall state the number of offices of trustee to be filled for each designated term and that the voters shall vote for the number of offices to be filled.

C.  The candidate who receives a plurality of the votes cast for the office of trustee for the designated term shall be elected for that designated term.  If more than one office of trustee is to be filled for a designated term, the candidates receiving the largest pluralities shall be elected to those offices.

Laws 1981, c. 14, § 4.  

§1112104.  Election of mayor.

The board of trustees shall elect from among its members a mayor.  The mayor shall be elected in each oddnumbered year at the first board of trustees meeting held after trustee terms begin, or as soon thereafter as practicable.  The mayor shall serve until his successor has been elected and qualified.  All references to the president of the town board of trustees in Oklahoma Statutes shall mean the town mayor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1112105.  Duties of the mayor  Acting mayor.

The mayor shall preside at meetings of the board and shall certify to the correct enrollment of all ordinances and resolutions passed by it.  He shall be recognized as head of the town government for all ceremonial purposes and shall have such other powers, duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.  The mayor shall have all the powers, rights, privileges, duties and responsibilities of a trustee, including the right to vote on questions.  During the absence, disability or suspension of the mayor, the board shall elect from among its members an acting mayor. When a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor, the board shall elect another mayor from among its members to serve for the duration of the unexpired term.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1112106.  Powers vested in board of trustees  Designated powers.

All powers of a statutory town board of trustees town, including the determination of matters of policy, shall be vested in the board of trustees.  Without limitation of the foregoing, the board may:

1.  Appoint and remove, and confirm appointments of, designated town officers and employees as provided by law or ordinance;

2.  Enact municipal legislation subject to limitations as may now or hereafter be imposed by the Oklahoma Constitution and law;

3.  Raise revenue, establish rates for services and taxes, make appropriations, regulate salaries and wages and all other fiscal affairs of the town, subject to limitations as may now or hereafter be imposed by the Oklahoma Constitution and law;

4.  Inspect the books and accounts maintained by the town treasurer;

5.  Inquire into the conduct of any office, department or agency of the town, and investigate municipal affairs, or authorize and provide for such inquiries;

6.  Create, change and abolish offices, departments or agencies, other than those established by law; assign additional functions and duties to offices, departments and agencies established by this article; and define the duties, powers and privileges of all officers which are not defined by this article; and

7.  Grant pardons for violation of municipal ordinances, including the remission of fines and costs.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1112107.  Board of trustees  Meetings.

The board of trustees shall meet regularly at least monthly at such times as it may prescribe by ordinance or otherwise.

Special meetings may be called by the mayor or:

1.  Any two trustees where the board has three members; or

2.  Any three trustees where the board has five members.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1112108.  Board of trustees  Quorum  Rules and voting.

A majority of all the members of the board of trustees shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day.  The board may determine its own rules, and may compel the attendance of absent members in the manner and under penalties as the board may prescribe.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1112109.  Town clerk  Creation and duties  Compensation.

The town clerk shall be an officer of the town.  The town clerk shall:

1.  keep the journal of the proceedings of the board of trustees; and

2.  enroll all ordinances and resolutions passed by the board of trustees in a book or set of books kept for that purpose;and

3.  have custody of documents, records, and archives, as may be provided for by law or by ordinance, and have custody of the town seal; and

4.  attest and affix the seal of the town to documents as required by law or by ordinance; and

5.  have such other powers, duties, and functions related to his statutory duties as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance. The person who serves as town clerk may be employed by the town to perform duties not related to his position as town clerk.  The salary, if any, for said duties shall be provided for separately by ordinance.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 23, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1112110.  Town treasurer  Creation and duties  Compensation.

The town treasurer shall be an officer of the town.  The town treasurer shall:

1.  maintain accounts and books to show where and from what source all monies paid to him have been derived and to whom and when any monies have been paid; and

2.  deposit daily funds received for the town in depositories as the board of trustees may designate; and

3.  have such other powers, duties, and functions related to his statutory duties as may be prescribed by law or by ordinance. The person who serves as town treasurer may be employed by the town to perform duties not related to his position as town treasurer. The salary, if any, for said duties shall be provided for separately by ordinance.

The books and accounts of the town treasurer shall be subject at all times to examination by the board of trustees.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 24, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1112111.  Chief of police  Creation and duties.

The board of trustees may appoint a chief of police, who shall enforce municipal ordinances and have such other powers, duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.  The chief of police may appoint police officers as he deems necessary, subject to the approval and confirmation of the board of trustees.  All references in Oklahoma Statutes to the town marshal shall mean the town chief of police.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12111, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1979, c. 44, § 2, emerg. eff. April 9, 1979.  

§1112112.  Departments and agencies  Merger or consolidation of town offices.

In the town board of trustees form of government, there shall be such administrative departments, officers, and agencies as the board may establish.  The board may combine, merge, or consolidate by ordinance any of the various offices of town government as it deems necessary and convenient for the administration of the affairs or government of the town.  Any consolidation of elected town offices shall go into effect at the end of the term of office of those officers whose offices are consolidated or when a vacancy occurs in one of the offices to be consolidated.  An ordinance consolidating offices must be enacted at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the next municipal primary election.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 25, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1112113.  Compensation of town elective officers.

The compensation of all elective town officers shall be fixed by ordinance.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12113, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-12-114.  Appointments and removals.

Appointments and promotions in the service of a statutory town board of trustees government shall be made solely on the basis of merit and fitness; and removals, demotions, suspensions, and layoffs shall be made solely for the good of the service.  The board by ordinance may establish a merit system and provide for its organization and functioning, and provide for personnel administration and regulation of personnel matters.  The board of trustees may remove for cause any appointive officer by a majority vote of all its members.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12114, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1113101.  Municipalities may adopt charter.

Any city or town containing a population of two thousand (2,000) inhabitants or more, as shown by the latest federal census or other census recognized by the laws of Oklahoma, may frame a charter for its own government.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 12101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1113102.  Procedure for adopting charters  Petition or governing body resolution.

The mayor of an incorporated municipality shall issue an order calling for an election on the question of whether or not the municipality shall frame a charter for its own government and elect a board of freeholders to prepare the charter when:

1.  A petition signed by not less then twentyfive percent (25%) of the registered voters of the municipality, as shown by the preceding general election, is filed with the governing body; or

2.  The governing body, by resolution, so directs.

The order calling for the election shall be issued within ten (10) days after a petition has been filed with the governing body or within ten (10) days after the date of the governing body resolution.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-13-103.  Election on question and board of freeholders.

The election on the question and board of freeholders shall be held at a general or special election to be held in the municipality within thirty (30) days after the order calling for the election. Notice of the election shall be given in the manner required for municipal elections.  The question submitted to the registered voters of the municipality shall be substantially in the following form:

Shall the _____ (City or Town) of _______ frame a charter for its own government?

( ) Yes.

( ) No.

The board of freeholders, which is to be voted on in the same election, shall consist of two qualified electors from each ward in the municipality.  The freeholders shall be elected by the registered voters of the respective wards.  The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes in each ward shall be elected as members of the board of freeholders.  The ballot shall be substantially in the following form:

For Freeholder from Ward One

(Vote for Two)

________Name of candidate for freeholder

_________Name of candidate for freeholder.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13103, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1113104.  Canvassing returns  Certification of results.

The county election board shall canvass the returns and the secretary of the board shall, within five (5) days after the canvass of the returns of the election, certify the results to the municipal governing body.  If a majority of the votes cast on the question are in favor of framing a charter for the municipality, the board shall tabulate the votes on the election of freeholders and declare the results in the certification to the governing body.

§1113105.  Preparation of charter.

The board of freeholders shall prepare a charter for the municipality within ninety (90) days after their election.  The charter shall be consistent with and subject to the Oklahoma Constitution and shall not be in conflict with the Constitution and laws relating to the exercise of initiative and referendum.

The proposed charter shall be signed in duplicate by at least a majority of the freeholders.  One copy of the proposed charter shall be given to the mayor and the other shall be given to the county clerk of the county in which the situs of the municipality is located.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-13-106.  Notice of charter election.

Within twenty (20) days after receipt of the proposed charter from the board of freeholders, the governing body shall publish the proposed charter and an announcement of the date for the charter election in a newspaper of general circulation within the municipality once per week for three (3) consecutive weeks.  The date for the charter election shall not be less than twenty (20) days nor more than thirty (30) days after the last publication.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13-106, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1996, c. 16, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.


§1113107.  Charter election  Certification of results  Approval by Governor.

The question of whether or not the municipality shall adopt the proposed charter shall be submitted to the registered voters of the municipality at a general or special election.  If a majority of the votes cast, as certified by the secretary of the county election board, are in favor of adopting the charter, the charter shall then be certified by the mayor of the municipality and authenticated by the seal of the municipality.  The submission to and approval by the registered voters shall be set forth on the charter.  The charter shall then be submitted to the Governor for his approval, and the Governor shall approve the charter if it is not in conflict with the Constitution and laws of Oklahoma.  Upon his approval, the charter shall become the organic law of the municipality and supersede any existing charter and all ordinances in conflict with it.

in conflict with it.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1113108.  Deposit of copies for record  Judicial notice.

After the approval of the charter by the Governor, duplicate copies shall be made and one shall be deposited in the office of the Secretary of State, and the other, after being recorded in the office of the county clerk of the county in which the situs of the municipality is located, shall be deposited in the archives of the municipality.  Thereafter the charter shall be judicially noticed in all court proceedings.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1113109.  Charter controls over conflicting laws.

Whenever a charter is in conflict with any law relating to municipalities in force at the time of the adoption and approval of the charter, the provisions of the charter shall prevail and shall operate as a repeal or suspension of the state law or laws to the extent of any conflict.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1113110.  Payment of expenses for framing and adopting charter.

All charter election expenses shall be paid by the municipality.  The municipality may provide for the payment of the expenses incurred by the board of freeholders in the framing of the charter.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 24, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. d

§1113111.  Charter amendments  Procedure.

Amendments to a municipal charter may be proposed by:

1.  An initiative petition, signed by a number of the registered voters residing in the municipality equal to at least twentyfive percent (25%) of the total number of votes cast at the preceding general election. Charter amendments proposed by initiative petition shall be governed in all respects by the provisions of Sections 15101 through 15110 of this title; or

2.  A resolution of the municipal governing body.  Notice of charter amendments proposed by resolution and the election on them shall be in the same manner provided for adoption of municipal charters as set forth in Sections 13106 and 13107 of this title.

If a majority of the votes cast in the election on the charter amendments, as certified by the secretary of the county election board, are in favor of adopting the proposed amendments to the charter, the charter shall be so amended, certified and authenticated by the mayor, and submitted to the Governor for his approval.  The Governor shall approve the charter amendments if they are not in conflict with the Constitution and laws of Oklahoma. Upon his approval, the charter as amended shall become the organic law of the municipality and supersede any existing charter and all ordinances in conflict with it.  The charter amendments shall be filed and recorded in the same manner provided for filing of municipal charters.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13111, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-13-112.  Revocation or abolishment of charter - Adopting statutory form - Procedure.

A proposal to revoke or abolish the charter of a municipality shall be made in the same manner provided for charter amendments and shall include the proposed statutory form of municipal government to be adopted when the charter is revoked, unless the proposal includes the adoption of a new charter in lieu of the existing charter.  The question to be submitted to the registered voters of the municipality shall be substantially in the following form:

Shall the (City or Town) of _______revoke the charter under which it is now operating, and adopt and be governed under the statutory ______ (name of proposed statutory form) form of municipal government as provided by the laws of Oklahoma?

( ) Yes.

( ) No.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13112, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1113113.  Charter revocation  Canvassing returns  Proclamation of Governor  Election of officers.

The secretary of the county election board shall, within five (5) days after the canvass of the returns of the election, certify to the Governor the results of the vote on the question.  If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of revoking the charter, the Governor, within twenty (20) days after receiving the certification, shall issue a proclamation stating that the municipality has revoked its charter and adopted the statutory form of municipal government specified in the question.  The proclamation of the Governor shall also direct the governing body of the municipality to divide the municipality into the number of wards required and to hold primary and general elections in the manner provided by the statutory form of government which has been adopted.  From the date of the Governor's proclamation, the charter of the municipality shall be revoked, and the municipality shall be governed under the laws relating to the statutory form of government which the municipality has adopted.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13113, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1113114.  Special charter provisions relating to abandonment of municipal charters.

Where a municipality has adopted a charter containing a special provision to the effect that at the expiration of a specified period after the adoption of the charter the governing body may submit to the registered voters of the municipality the question of whether or not the charter shall be abandoned and the municipality governed under a statutory form of government, and the specified time has expired and the governing body has failed to submit the question, then the question shall be submitted to the registered voters at the next election which may be held in the municipality.  The secretary of the county election board shall submit the question substantially in the language of the charter provision.  If a majority of the votes cast, as certified by the secretary of the county election board, are in favor of abandoning the charter and adopting a statutory form, the results of the election shall be certified to the Governor in the manner provided for revocation of charters.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 13114, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-13-115.  Compensation of elective city officers.

Where a municipality has adopted a charter and the charter does not address compensation of elective city officers, the compensation of such elective city officers may be fixed by ordinance.

Added by Laws 1996, c. 79, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.


§1114101.  Municipal ordinances  Authority.

The municipal governing body may enact ordinances, rules and regulations not inconsistent with the Constitution and laws of Oklahoma for any purpose mentioned in Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes or for carrying out their municipal functions.  Municipal ordinances, rules or regulations may be repealed, altered or amended as the governing body ordains.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 14101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1114101.1.  Rent control  Prohibition.

A.  No municipal governing body may enact, maintain, or enforce any ordinance or resolution which regulates the amount of rent to be charged for privately owned, singlefamily or multiple unit residential or commercial rental property.

B.  This section shall not be construed to prohibit any municipality or any authority created by a municipality for that purpose from:

1.  regulating in any way property belonging to that municipality or authority;

2.  entering into agreements with private persons which regulate the amount of rent charged for subsidized rental properties; or

3.  enacting ordinances or resolutions restricting rent for properties assisted with federal Community Development Block Grant Funds.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 38, § 1, emerg. eff. March 21, 1988.  

§1114102.  Ordinances  Procedure governing passage.

All proposed ordinances of a municipality shall be considered at a public meeting of the council or board of trustees.  A vote of a majority of all the members of the council or board of trustees shall be required for the final passage of an ordinance.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 14102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1114103.  Effective date of municipal ordinances  Emergency measures.

Every ordinance except an emergency ordinance shall go into effect thirty (30) days after its final passage unless it specifies a later date.  An emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of peace, health, or safety shall go into effect upon its final passage unless it specifies a later date.  Such an emergency measure must state in a separate section the reasons why it is necessary that the measure become effective immediately.  The question of emergency must be ruled upon separately and approved by the affirmative vote of at least threefourths (3/4) of all the members of the governing body of the municipality.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 26, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1114104.  Style of ordinances  Title and subject  Enacting clause

An ordinance may contain only one subject and the subject shall be expressed in its title.  The enacting clause of all ordinances passed by a municipal governing body shall be:  1.  "Be it ordained by the Council of the City of _______", for city ordinances; or  2.  "Be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Town of _______", for town ordinances. The enacting clause of ordinances proposed by the voters under their powerof initiative shall be "Be it ordained by the People of the _______ (City of Town) of _______".

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 14104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1114105.  Ordinance book  Entries.

Every ordinance enacted by a municipal governing body shall be entered in an ordinance book immediately after its passage.  The entry shall contain the text of the ordinance and shall state the date of its passage, the page of the journal containing the record of the final vote on its passage, the name of the newspaper in which the ordinance was published, and the date of the publication. Compilations or codes of municipal law or regulations need not be enrolled in full in the book of ordinances, but the ordinance adopting by reference or enacting such compilation or code shall be entered and a copy of the compilation or code shall be filed and kept in the office of the municipal clerk.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 27, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1114106.  Publication of ordinances.

No ordinance having any subject other than the appropriation of monies shall be in force unless published or posted within fifteen (15) days after its passage.  Every municipal ordinance shall be published at least once in full, except as provided for in Section 14107 of this title.  When publishing the ordinance, the publisher or managing officer of the newspaper shall prefix to the ordinance a line in brackets stating the date of publication as "Published _______", giving the month, day, and year of publication.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 28, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1114107.  Publication of certain codes and ordinances by title and summary of contents.

A.  If a municipal governing body enacts or adopts by reference ordinances which are compilations or codes of law or regulations relating to traffic, building, plumbing, electrical installations, fire prevention, inflammable liquids, milk and milk products, protection of the public health, or any other matters which the municipality has the power to regulate, such ordinances are not required to be published in full.  Legal publication of such ordinances may be by publishing the title and a summary of their contents in the manner provided by Section 14106 of this title.  At least one copy of such ordinances shall be kept in the office of the municipal clerk for public use, inspection, and examination.  The municipal clerk shall keep copies of the ordinances, codes, or compilations for distribution or sale at a reasonable price.

B.  A municipality which adopts building standards shall adopt and enforce one of the following codes:

1.  The BOCA Basic Building Code of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Incorporated; or

2.  The Uniform Building Code of the International Conference of Building Officials; or

3.  The Southern Standard Building Code of the Southern Building Code Congress, International, Incorporated; or

4.  The Code for Energy Conservation in New Building Construction prepared by the National Conference of States on Building Codes and Standards, Inc. (NCSBCS); or

5.  Any other code which the governing body of the municipality deems desirable to promote safety, energy efficiency, health, and welfare within the municipality.

C.  Municipalities may adopt the "New Jersey Smart Code" building standard for purposes of rehabilitation to existing structures that were completed prior to November 1, 1985.

D.  Ordinances which are passed by the governing body with an emergency clause attached are not required to be published in full, but may be published by title only in the manner provided by Section 14106 of this title.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 14-107, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1979, c. 144, § 1, emerg. eff. May 8, 1979; Laws 1984, c. 126, § 29, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 2002, c. 407, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1114108.  Codification of municipal ordinances.

A.  The governing body of a municipality may, from time to time, authorize a codification of its ordinances.  Such a code may be kept up to date by use of a looseleaf system and process of amendment.  In a code of municipal ordinances, the title, enacting clauses and emergency sections may be omitted and temporary and special ordinances and parts of ordinances may also be omitted. Permanent and general ordinances and parts of ordinances which are to be repealed by the code shall be omitted from the code.  The ordinances and parts of ordinances included in the code may be revised, rearranged, renumbered, and reorganized into some systematic arrangement.  The governing body may publish in connection with the code new matter, provisions of state law relating to the municipality, a history of the municipality, the history of the municipal government, the names of officials and other informational matter as the governing body may decide.  The book or pamphlet containing the code may also contain an index and forms and instructions as the governing body may decide.

B.  At least three copies of the code shall be kept in the office of the municipal clerk for public use, inspection and examination.  The municipal clerk shall keep copies of the code for distribution or sale at a reasonable price.

C.  Notice of the publication of the code shall be in the manner provided for publication by title of certain codes and ordinances in subsection A of Section 14107 of this title.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 14108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1114109.  Mandatory compilation of penal ordinances.

The penal ordinances of every municipality shall be compiled and published in a permanent form, either printed or typed, periodically, but not less than once each ten (10) years.  Each municipality shall also publish biennial supplements to the permanent volume of compiled penal ordinances.  No municipal ordinance shall be enforced if it is not reflected in such a permanent volume or supplement if the ordinance was adopted before the latest compilation or supplement.  A codification of municipal ordinances which includes all penal ordinances is sufficient for complying with this compilation requirement if the code is issued as a permanent volume with biennial supplements and if the procedures for filing and notice, as outlined in Section 14110 of this title, have been complied with.  Provided, further, the tenyear codification requirement shall be satisfied if the code complies with the compilation requirement and the biennial supplements are made a part of the permanent volume which are maintained in permanent form either bound or in a looseleaf form.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 14109, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1979, c. 44, § 3, emerg. eff. April 9, 1979.  

§1114110.  Notice and filing of penal ordinance compilation  Judicial notice.

When a municipality has compiled and published its permanent volume or biennial supplement of penal ordinances, the governing body of the municipality shall adopt a resolution notifying the public of the publication.  A copy of the resolution shall be filed in the office of the county clerk in each county in which the municipality is located.  The county clerk shall assign the filed resolution a book and page number.  At least one copy of the permanent volume and each biennial supplement shall be deposited free of cost by the municipality in the county law library of each county wherein the municipality is located, and receipt of same shall be duly noted in writing by the county law librarian.  A copy of the receipt may be filed with the county clerk who shall then assign a book and page number.  The permanent volume or biennial supplement of compiled penal ordinances shall be available for purchase by the public at a reasonable price.  Ordinances which have been compiled and filed in accordance with this section shall be judicially noticed in all court proceedings.  Provided, a court may consider a book and page reference of the county clerk's filings as satisfactory proof of compliance so that judicial notice may be taken of an ordinance.

Amended by Laws 1985, c. 87, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1989, c. 104, § 2, emerg. eff. April 25, 1989.  

§11-14-111.  Enforcement and penalties for violation of municipal ordinances.

A.  The governing body of a municipality may provide for enforcement of its ordinances and establish fines, penalties, or imprisonment, as authorized by subsections B through D of this section, for any offense in violation of its ordinances, which shall be recoverable together with costs of suit.  The governing body may provide that any person fined for violation of a municipal ordinance who is financially able but refuses or neglects to pay the fine or costs may be compelled to satisfy the amount owed by working on the streets, alleys, avenues, areas, and public grounds of the municipality, subject to the direction of the street commissioner or other proper officer, at a rate per day as the governing body may prescribe by ordinance, but not less than Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) per day for useful labor, until the fine or costs are satisfied.

B.  1.  Except for municipal ordinances related to prostitution, cities having a municipal criminal court of record may enact ordinances prescribing maximum fines of One Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($1,200.00) and costs or imprisonment not exceeding six (6) months or both the fine and imprisonment, but shall not have authority to enact any ordinance making unlawful an act or omission declared by state statute to be punishable as a felony; provided, that cities having a municipal criminal court of record may enact ordinances prescribing maximum fines of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and costs or imprisonment not exceeding six (6) months or both such fine and imprisonment for violations of municipal ordinances regulating the pretreatment of wastewater and regulating stormwater discharges.

2.  For violations of municipal ordinances relating to prostitution, including but not limited to engaging in prostitution or soliciting or procuring prostitution, a municipal criminal court of record may enact ordinances prescribing an imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, and fines as follows:  a fine not to exceed Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) upon the first conviction for violation of any such ordinances, a fine of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) upon the second conviction for violation of any of such ordinances, and a fine of not more than Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($7,500.00) upon the third or subsequent convictions for violation of any of such ordinances, or both such fine and imprisonment as well as a term of community service of not less than forty (40) nor more than eighty (80) hours.

C.  Municipalities having a municipal court not of record may enact ordinances prescribing maximum fines pursuant to the provisions of this subsection.  A municipal ordinance may not impose a penalty, including fine or deferral fee in lieu of a fine and costs, which is greater than that established by statute for the same offense.  The maximum fine or deferral fee in lieu of a fine for traffic-related offenses relating to speeding or parking shall not exceed Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00).  For all other offenses, the maximum fine or deferral fee in lieu of a fine shall not exceed Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00).  The ordinances may prescribe costs pursuant to the provisions of Section 27-126 of this title or imprisonment not exceeding sixty (60) days or both the fine and imprisonment; provided, that municipalities having only a municipal court not of record shall not have authority to enact any ordinance making unlawful any act or omission declared by state statute to be punishable as a felony; provided further, that municipalities having a municipal court not of record may enact ordinances prescribing maximum fines of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and costs or imprisonment not exceeding ninety (90) days or both such fine and imprisonment for violations of municipal ordinances regulating the pretreatment of wastewater and regulating stormwater discharges.  If imprisonment is available for the offense, then that person charged shall have a right to a jury trial.

D.  Municipalities having both municipal criminal courts of record and municipal courts not of record may enact ordinances, within the authority of this section, for each court.

E.  No municipality may levy a fine or deferral fee in lieu of a fine of over Fifty Dollars ($50.00) until it has compiled and published its penal ordinances as required in Sections 14-109 and 14-110 of this title.

F.  No municipality may levy a fine of more than Ten Dollars ($10.00) nor court costs of more than Fifteen Dollars ($15.00) for exceeding the posted speed limit by no more than ten (10) miles per hour upon any portion of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, federal-aid primary highways, and the state highway system which are located on the outskirts of any municipality as determined in Section 2-117 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 14-111, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1980, c. 247, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1980; Laws 1982, c. 157, § 1; Laws 1983, c. 293, § 1, operative Oct. 1, 1983; Laws 1990, c. 141, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1998, c. 322, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 412, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2002, c. 120, § 5, emerg. eff. April 19, 2002; Laws 2004, c. 173, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.


§11-14-111.1.  Retention of penalty assessments or other state fees.

A.  Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a municipal court which collects a penalty assessment or other state fee from a defendant pursuant to state law may retain eight cents ($0.08) of such monies and may also retain all interest accrued thereon prior to the due date for deposits as provided in state law.  The fee shall be deposited as determined by the municipal governing body.

B.  A municipal court in a municipality having a basic law enforcement academy approved by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training pursuant to the criteria developed by the Council for training law enforcement officers may retain as an administrative fee two percent (2%) of any penalty assessment or other state fee imposed by state statute.  The two percent (2%) administrative fee shall be deducted from the portion of the penalty assessment or other state fee retained by such municipality.

Added by Laws 2001, c. 258, § 1, eff. July 1, 2001.  Amended by Laws 2001, c. 404, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.


§11-14-112.  Cancellation or denial of driving privileges for noncompliance with municipal court sentence.

A.  As used in this section:

1.  "Department" means the Department of Public Safety;

2.  "Notification form" means a form prescribed by the Department which contains a statement from the court that the person has failed to satisfy the sentence of the court.  It shall include the name, date of birth, physical description, and the driver license number, if any, of the person;

3.  "Reinstatement form" means a form prescribed by the Department which contains a statement from the court that the person has satisfied the sentence of the court.  It shall include sufficient information to identify the person to the Department;

4.  "Sentence" means any order of the court to pay a fine, penalty assessment or costs or to carry out a term of community service or other remedial action.

B.  When any person under the age of eighteen (18) years fails or refuses to satisfy a sentence of a municipal court, the court shall notify the Department.  Upon receipt of the notification form from the court, the Department shall cancel or deny all driving privileges of the person without a hearing until the person satisfies the sentence of the court.

C.  When the person fulfills the sentence of the court, the court or court clerk shall provide a reinstatement form to such person either directly or by first class mail, postage prepaid, at the last address given by the person to the court.  The driving privileges of a person who furnishes a reinstatement form to the Department shall be granted or reinstated, if the person is otherwise eligible, in accordance with law.  Upon such granting or reinstatement of driving privileges, the Department may remove any record of the denial or cancellation of driving privileges as provided for in this section from the file of the person and maintain an internal record of the denial or cancellation for fiscal or other purposes.

D.  At the time of sentencing the person, the court may take custody of the driver's license of the person until the terms of the sentence are fulfilled.  In such case, the court shall issue to the person a receipt for the license.  Additionally, the court may notify the parents or other custodian of the person of the terms of the sentence or any notice to the Department.

Added by Laws 1990, c. 299, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.  Amended by Laws 1999, c. 139, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


§11-14-113.  Liability for cost of medical care to defendant in custody of municipal officer.

When a defendant is in the custody of a municipal jail, the custodial municipality shall only be liable for the cost of medical care for conditions that are not preexisting prior to arrest and that arise due to acts or omissions of the municipality.  Preexisting conditions are defined as those illnesses beginning or injuries sustained before a person is in the peaceable custody of the municipality's officers.

An inmate receiving medical care for a preexisting condition or a condition not caused by the acts or omissions of the municipality shall be liable for payment of the cost of care, including but not limited to, medication, medical treatment, and transportation costs, for or relating to the condition requiring treatment.

Added by Laws 1990, c. 299, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.  Amended by Laws 1999, c. 217, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


§1115101.  Initiative and Referendum  Powers.

The powers of initiative and referendum, reserved by the Oklahoma Constitution to the people, are reserved to the people of every municipal corporation with reference to all legislative authority which it may exercise and amendments to municipal charters.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 15101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1115102.  Procedure for initiative and referendum in municipalities.

The procedure in municipalities which do not provide by ordinance or charter for the manner of exercising the initiative and referendum powers shall be governed by the Oklahoma Constitution and general state law, except as otherwise provided in Sections 15101 through 15110 of this title.  The duties required of the Governor by state law shall be performed by the mayor; the duties of the Secretary of State shall be performed by the municipal clerk; and the duties of the Attorney General shall be performed by the attorney for the municipality.  The procedure for initiative and referendum as to municipal legislation shall be as nearly as practicable the same as those for measures relating to the people of the state at large.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 15102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1115103.  Petition  Form  Signatures  Time for filing.

A.  The form of the petition for either initiative or referendum in a municipality shall be substantially as provided in Sections 1 and 2 of Title 34 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  A true copy of each measure proposed by initiative and referendum shall be filed with the clerk of the municipality before it is circulated and signed by the registered voters.

B.  Every petition for either the initiative or referendum shall be signed by a number of the registered voters residing in the municipality equal to at least twentyfive percent (25%) of the total number of votes cast at the preceding general election or biennial town meeting if the municipality is subject to the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act.  The signatures to each petition shall be verified in the manner provided by law.

C.  Signed copies of an initiative petition shall be submitted to the clerk within ninety (90) days after the initial filing of the measure with the clerk.  Signed copies of a petition invoking a referendum upon any ordinance or resolution shall be submitted to the clerk within thirty (30) days after the passage of the ordinance or resolution.  Amendments to municipal charters may be proposed by an initiative petition, and signed copies of such petition shall be submitted to the clerk not less than sixty (60) days before the election at which the amendments are to be voted upon.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 26, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1115104.  Publication announcing the filing of petition  Protests.

A.  When signed copies of a petition are timely filed with the clerk, the clerk shall make a physical count of the number of signatures appearing on the petitions.  He shall then publish, in at least one (1) newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, a notice of the filing and the apparent sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition.  The notice shall also state that any qualified elector of the municipality may file a protest to the petition or an objection to the count made by the clerk.

B.  A protest to the petition or the count of signatures shall be filed in the district court in the county in which the situs of the municipality is located within ten (10) days after the publication.  Written notice of the protest shall be served upon the clerk and the parties who filed the petition.  In the case of the filing of an objection to the count, notice shall also be served upon any party filing a protest.  The district court shall fix a day, not less than ten (10) days after the filing of a protest, to hear testimony and arguments for and against the sufficiency of the petition.  A protest filed by anyone, if abandoned by the party filing it, may be revived within five (5) days by any other qualified elector.  After the hearing, the district court shall decide whether such petition is in form required by law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 15104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1115105.  Ballot title.

A.  The parties submitting a petition for either initiative or referendum shall also prepare and file a ballot title for the measure.  The ballot title may be filed with the clerk prior to circulating the petition, but it must be submitted no later than the time that the signed copies of the petition are filed with the clerk. The ballot title shall contain the gist of the proposition couched in language that may be readily understood by persons not engaged in the practice of law.  The ballot title shall contain language which clearly states that a "yes" vote is a vote in favor of the proposition, and a "no" vote is a vote against the proposition.  The ballot title may not:

1.  Exceed one hundred fifty (150) words;

2.  Reflect partiality in its composition or contain any argument for or against the measure; or

3.  Contain language whereby a "yes" vote is, in fact, a vote against the proposition and a "no" vote is, in fact, a vote in favor of the proposition.

B.  The clerk shall immediately forward a copy of the proposition and ballot title to the municipal attorney.  Within three (3) days after the filing of the ballot title, the attorney shall notify the clerk in writing whether or not the proposed ballot title is in legal form and in harmony with the law.  If the ballot title is not in proper form, in the opinion of the attorney, he shall prepare and file a ballot title which does conform to the law within the threeday period.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 15105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1115106.  Appeal on question of ballot title  Procedure.

A qualified elector who is dissatisfied with the wording of a ballot title may appeal, within ten (10) days after the ballot title is filed with the clerk, to the district court in the county in which the situs of the municipality is located.  The petition for appeal shall offer a substitute ballot title for the one from which the appeal is taken.  Written notice of the appeal shall be served upon the clerk and upon the parties who filed the ballot title at least five (5) days before such appeal is heard by the court.  The municipal attorney shall, and any interested citizen may, defend the ballot title from which the appeal is taken.  After the hearing of the appeal, the district court may correct or amend the ballot title, or accept the substitute suggested, or may draft a new one which will conform with the law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 15106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1115107.  Presentation of petition to mayor.

When a ballot title has been decided upon, either as approved by the municipal attorney or by the district court, the clerk shall notify the mayor in writing, and attach a copy of the petition and ballot title.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 15107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1115108.  Consideration of initiative petitions by governing body  Submission to voters.

When an initiative petition demands the enactment of an ordinance or resolution, the mayor shall present the petition to the municipal legislative body at its next meeting.  If the petition is not granted more than thirty (30) days before the next general municipal election or biennial or special town meeting if the municipality is subject to the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act, the mayor shall submit the ordinance or act so petitioned to the registered voters of the municipality at the next general municipal election or biennial town meeting, whichever is appropriate.

Amended by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 19, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§11-15-109.  Time for submission of measures to voters.

Whenever a referendum is demanded against any measure passed by the municipal governing body, or whenever an initiative petition demands an amendment to the municipal charter, the question shall be submitted to the registered voters of the municipality for their approval or rejection at a special election called by the municipal governing body for that purpose or at the next general election, general municipal election or biennial or special town meeting if the municipality is subject to the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 15-109, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 20, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 1995, c. 3, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1995.


§1115110.  Conflicting measures proposed by governing body.

Along with each initiative measure the municipal governing body may submit a competing bill or resolution.  If conflicting ordinances or charter amendments are submitted to the registered voters, and two or more of such conflicting measures are approved by the registered voters, then the measure which receives the greatest number of affirmative votes shall be paramount in all particulars as to which there is a conflict, even though such measure may not have received the greatest majority.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 15110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-16-101.  Notice of municipal elections.

The following text becomes effective July 1, 2005

(For text effective until July 1, 2005, see below)

The governing body of a municipality shall give notice of a general municipal election or a special election by publishing the resolution calling for the election.  The resolution shall:  contain the facts described in Section 13-102 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

The resolution shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality at least ten (10) days before the beginning of the filing period for a general municipal election, or at least ten (10) days before the date of a special election.  If there is no newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, the notice shall be given by posting a copy of the resolution in at least five (5) public places in the municipality.

The following text is effective until July 1, 2005

(For text effective July 1, 2005, see above)

Notice of a general municipal election or a special election shall be given by publishing the resolution of the municipal governing body calling for the election.  The resolution shall set forth:

1.  The date or dates of the election; and

2.  The offices to be filled or the questions to be voted upon at the election.

The resolution shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality at least ten (10) days before the beginning of the filing period for a general municipal election, or at least ten (10) days before the date of a special election.  If there is no newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, the notice shall be given by posting a copy of the resolution in at least five (5) public places in the municipality.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16-101, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2004, c. 545, § 24, eff. July 1, 2005.


§11-16-102.  Provisions not applicable to municipalities governed by charter or subject to Oklahoma Town Meeting Act - Exception  - Choice of election procedure - Residency requirements.

The following text becomes effective July 1, 2005

(For text effective until July 1, 2005, see below)

A.  The provisions of Section 16-101 et seq. of this title shall not apply to any municipality which is governed by charter; provided, that elections for such municipalities which shall be conducted by the county election board shall be scheduled only on an election date identified by Section subsection B of 3-101 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  However, such a municipality may, by indicating in its resolution calling an election, choose to follow any provision of state law governing elections conducted by a county election board when the municipality's charter or ordinances are silent on the matter addressed by such provision.  In such instance, if the municipal election or any substantial portion thereof is not conducted by a county election board, the duties required of the county election board or its secretary shall be performed by the municipal authority designated by the municipal governing body and nothing herein shall be construed to require the county election board to perform any such duties.  The residency requirements of Sections 16-109 and 16-110 of this title shall apply to all municipalities except to the extent that such residency requirements are governed by municipal charter.

B.  The provisions of Sections 16-101 through 16-114 of this title shall not apply to any municipality subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act; provided, Section 16-103.1 of this title shall apply to such municipalities.

The following text is effective until July 1, 2005

(For text effective July 1, 2005, see above)

A.  The provisions of Section 16-101 et seq. of this title shall not apply to any municipality which is governed by charter; provided, that in any election such a municipality may, by indicating in its resolution calling the election, choose to follow any provision of state law governing elections conducted by a county election board when the municipality's charter or ordinances are silent on the matter addressed by such provision.  In such instance, if the municipal election or any substantial portion thereof is not conducted by a county election board, the duties required of the county election board or its secretary shall be performed by the municipal authority designated by the municipal governing body and nothing herein shall be construed to require the county election board to perform any such duties.  The residency requirements of Sections 16-109 and 16-110 of this title shall apply to all municipalities except to the extent that such residency requirements are governed by municipal charter.

B.  The provisions of Sections 16-101 through 16-114 of this title shall not apply to any municipality subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act; provided, Section 16-103.1 of this title shall apply to such municipalities.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16-102, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1987, c. 75, § 1, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 105, § 21, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 2004, c. 545, § 25, eff. July 1, 2005.


§1116103.  General municipal elections  When held.

General municipal elections shall be held in cities and towns on the first Tuesday in April in each oddnumbered year.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116103.1.  Withholding certain monies from city or town that fails to hold municipal election or biennial town meeting.

No monies shall be distributed pursuant to Section 1104 of Title 47 and Section 504 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes to any incorporated city or town which has failed to hold a general or special municipal election to elect officers as provided in Section 16101 et seq. of this title or a biennial town meeting as provided by the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act, on the dates required by law for four (4) or more years, if a general or special municipal election, or for two consecutive biennial town meetings.  Such monies shall be remitted to the county in which the incorporated city or town is located and deposited to the county highway fund of that county to be used as otherwise provided by law.  An incorporated city or town shall henceforth send the county treasurer of the county in which it is located and the chairman of the Oklahoma Tax Commission, or a persondesignated by the Oklahoma Tax Commission to receive service of process, a copy of the municipality's notice of a biennial town meeting or resolution calling for its regular municipal elections, whichever is appropriate.  The copy of the resolution shall include a notation by the county election board showing that the resolution was received and the date it was received.

Added by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 30, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 75, § 2, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 105, § 22, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 1988, c. 152, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116104.  Conduct of general municipal elections.

The laws applicable to general elections shall govern general municipal elections except as otherwise provided.  Municipal elected officials, including those from wards as well as at large, shall be elected at large by the registered voters of the entire municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116105.  What candidate's name may be placed on general election ballot.

No candidate's name shall be printed upon the official ballot for a general municipal election unless such candidate shall have been nominated by some political party at the primary election or unless his name is presented as an independent candidate as provided in Section 16110 of this title.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116105.1.  Elections to be nonpartisan  Primary elections in nonpartisan elections abolished.

Municipal elections shall be nonpartisan and all candidates shall file as independent candidates unless, prior to the date for notifying the county election board of the call for the election, the municipality has in effect an ordinance providing for a partisan primary election consistent with Section 16101 et seq. of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  No primary elections shall be held in a nonpartisan election.  Any election proclamation or notice of election providing for a primary election shall be deemed to be amended by operation of this act to delete the call for a primary election unless a copy of the ordinance authorizing the primary election is attached to the election resolution filed with the county election board.  If such a copy is not attached, each candidate shall appear on the ballot as an independent candidate without party or other designation.  Provided, any municipality which is governed by a charter may provide otherwise by charter or ordinance.

Added by Laws 1987, c. 75, § 3, eff. July 1, 1987.  

§1116106.  Unopposed candidates in general election.

Any candidate who is unopposed for an office in a general municipal election shall be deemed elected and certified; and his name shall not appear on the general election ballot.  If there is only one candidate for each of the offices which are to be filled at the election, and no questions are to be voted upon at the election, the general municipal election shall not be held.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-16-107.  Primary elections - When held.

The following text becomes effective July 1, 2005

(For text effective until July 1, 2005, see below)

A primary election shall be held in cities and towns on the second Tuesday of February in each odd-numbered year, at which time the several political parties shall nominate candidates for offices which are to be elected at the upcoming general municipal election.

The following text is effective until July 1, 2005

(For text effective July 1, 2005, see above)

A primary election shall be held in cities and towns on the first Tuesday of March in each odd-numbered year, at which time the several political parties shall nominate candidates for offices which are to be elected at the upcoming general municipal election.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16-107, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1981, c. 292, § 1; Laws 2004, c. 545, § 26, eff. July 1, 2005.


§11-16-108.  Conduct of primary elections.

The following text becomes effective July 1, 2005

(For text effective until July 1, 2005, see below)

The general laws relating to primary elections shall govern partisan municipal primaries except as otherwise provided.  Party candidates for municipal office, including those from wards as well as at large, shall be nominated at large by the registered voters of the respective parties of the entire municipality.

The following text is effective until July 1, 2005

(For text effective July 1, 2005, see above)

The general laws relating to primary elections shall govern municipal primaries except as otherwise provided.  Party candidates for municipal office, including those from wards as well as at large, shall be nominated at large by the registered voters of the respective parties of the entire municipality.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16-108, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2004, c. 545, § 27, eff. July 1, 2005.


§11-16-109.  Eligibility and manner of becoming party candidate.

The following text becomes effective July 1, 2005

(For text effective until July 1, 2005, see below)

To be eligible to become a candidate for a political party nomination in a municipality's partisan primary election, or an independent candidate in such municipality's general election, a person must for at least six (6) months prior to filing a declaration of candidacy be a registered voter at an address within the municipality or in the ward if an office is from a ward.  To become a candidate, a declaration of candidacy must be filed with the county election board no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on the first Monday in December and no later than 5:00 p.m. on the next succeeding Wednesday.

The following text is effective until July 1, 2005

(For text effective July 1, 2005, see above)

To be eligible to become a candidate for a political party nomination in the municipality's primary election, a person must for at least six (6) months prior to filing a declaration of candidacy be a registered voter at an address within the municipality or in the ward if an office is from a ward.  To become a party candidate, a declaration of candidacy must be filed with the county election board no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on the first Monday in February and no later than 5:00 p.m. on the next succeeding Wednesday.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16-109, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1981, c. 292, § 2; Laws 1987, c. 75, § 4, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 2004, c. 545, § 28, eff. July 1, 2005.


§11-16-110.  Nonpartisan candidates.

The following text becomes effective July 1, 2005

(For text effective until July 1, 2005, see below)

A candidate may have his or her name printed upon the nonpartisan general municipal election ballot as candidate for any office to be filled at the election.  To become a candidate, a declaration of candidacy must be filed with the county election board no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on the first Monday in February and no later than 5:00 p.m. on the next succeeding Wednesday.  A candidate must also be a registered voter at an address within the municipality, or of the ward where the office is from a ward for at least six (6) months prior to filing a declaration of candidacy.  Filing as a candidate in a nonpartisan municipal election or voting for such candidate shall not affect one's party affiliation or regularity.

The following text is effective until July 1, 2005

(For text effective July 1, 2005, see above)

An independent candidate may have his name printed upon the general municipal election ballot as candidate for any office to be filled at the election.  To become an independent candidate, a declaration of candidacy must be filed with the county election board no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on the first Monday in February and no later than 5:00 p.m. on the next succeeding Wednesday.  An independent candidate must also be a registered voter at an address within the municipality, or of the ward where the office is from a ward for at least six (6) months prior to filing a declaration of candidacy. Filing as an independent candidate in an election or voting for such candidate shall not affect one's party affiliation or regularity.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16-110, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1981, c. 292, § 3; Laws 1987, c. 75, § 5, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 2004, c. 545, § 29, eff. July 1, 2005.


§11-16-111.  Unopposed candidates in primary election.

The following text becomes effective July 1, 2005

(For text effective until July 1, 2005, see below)

Any candidate who is unopposed for an office in a partisan primary election shall be deemed nominated and so certified; and his or her name shall not appear on the primary election ballot.  If there are unopposed candidates for each of the offices which are up for election, no primary election shall be held.

The following text is effective until July 1, 2005

(For text effective July 1, 2005, see above)

Any candidate who is unopposed for an office in a primary election shall be deemed nominated and so certified; and his name shall not appear on the primary election ballot.  If there are unopposed candidates for each of the offices which are up for election, no primary election shall be held.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16-111, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2004, c. 545, § 30, eff. July 1, 2005.


§1116112.  Special elections  Questions which may be submitted.

When the municipal governing body shall deem it advisable, it may, by resolution or ordinance, authorize the mayor to call a special election for the purpose of submitting to the registered voters of the municipality the question of issuing municipal bonds, of granting any franchise, or for any other purpose authorized by law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16112, eff. July 1, 1978. de

§1116113.  Special election ballot  Preparation and arrangement.

The ballot for a special election shall be prepared by the secretary of the county election board and shall set forth the proposition or propositions to be voted upon, and if more than one proposition is submitted, they shall be arranged so that each proposition may be voted upon separately.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16113, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-16-114.  Conduct of special elections held for electing officers.

The following text becomes effective July 1, 2005

(For text effective until July 1, 2005, see below)

A.  When the office of a municipal elected official is to be filled at a special partisan election, the resolution or order of the governing body calling the election shall contain the following facts:

1.  A filing period of three (3) days, on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, not less than fifteen (15) days from the date of the resolution or order;

2.  The date of the Special Primary Election not less than forty-five (45) days after the close of the filing period; and

3.  The date of the Special General Election, not less than forty-five (45) days after the date of the Primary Election.  A copy of the resolution or order shall be filed with the secretary of the county election board not less than sixty (60) days preceding the date of the special primary election.  The election shall be conducted under the laws applicable to general municipal elections.

B.  When the office of a municipal elected official is to be filled at a special nonpartisan election, the resolution or order of the governing body calling the election shall contain the following facts:

1.  A filing period of three (3) days, on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, not less than fifteen (15) days from the date of the resolution or order;

2.  The date of the special general election, not less than forty-five (45) days after the close of the filing period.  A copy of the resolution or order shall be filed with the secretary of the county election board not less than sixty (60) days preceding the date of the special general election.

C.  Special municipal elections may be called only on dates established by subsection B of Section 3-101 of Title 26 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

The following text is effective until July 1, 2005

(For text effective July 1, 2005, see above)

When the office of a municipal elected official is to be filled at a special election, the resolution or order of the governing body calling the election shall contain the following facts:

1.  A filing period of three (3) days, on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, not less than fifteen (15) days from the date of the resolution or order;

2.  The date of the Special Primary Election, if any, not less than thirty (30) days after the close of the filing period; and

3.  The date of the Special General Election, not less than thirty (30) days after the date of the Primary Election, if any, but if no primary election is called, not less than thirty (30) days after the close of the filing period.

A copy of the resolution or order shall be filed with the secretary of the county election board.  The election shall be conducted under the laws applicable to general municipal elections.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16-114, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1981, c. 292, § 4; Laws 1987, c. 75, § 6, eff. July 1, 1987; Laws 2004, c. 545, § 31, eff. July 1, 2005.


§1116201.  Aldermanic cities with one councilmember per ward  Officers to be elected  Terms.

In a statutory aldermanic city with one (1) councilmember per ward, the terms of the elected officers shall be staggered so that at any one general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  Councilmembers from oddnumbered wards;

2.  The mayor;

3.  The clerk;

4.  The marshal; and

5.  The street commissioner.

At the next general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  Councilmembers from evennumbered wards; and

2.  The treasurer.

If the office of treasurer has been consolidated with any other office, elections for the office of treasurer and the office with which it has been consolidated shall be held at the time the election to fill the other office is held.  The term of the consolidated office shall be concurrent with the term of the other office.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16201, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116202.  First election held in aldermanic cities with one councilmember per ward.

At the first general municipal election held in the oddnumbered year following adoption of the aldermanic form of government with one (1) councilmember per ward, the officers to be elected and their terms are as follows:

1.  Fouryear terms:  Councilmembers from oddnumbered wards; the mayor; the clerk; the marshal; and the street commissioner.

2.  Twoyear terms:  Councilmembers from evennumbered wards; and the treasurer.

At general municipal elections held thereafter, the successors of the officers whose terms are expiring shall be elected for fouryear terms.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16202, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116203.  Aldermanic cities with two councilmembers per ward  Officers to be elected  Terms.

In a statutory aldermanic city with two councilmembers per ward, the terms of the elected officers shall be staggered so that at any one general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  One (1) councilmember from each ward of the city;

2.  The mayor;

3.  The clerk;

4.  The marshal; and

5.  The street commissioner.

At the next general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  One councilmember from each ward of the city; and

2.  The treasurer.

If the office of treasurer has been consolidated with any other office, elections for the office of treasurer and the office with which it has been consolidated shall be held at the time the election to fill the other office is held.  The term of the consolidated office shall be concurrent with the term of the other office.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16203, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116204.  First election held in aldermanic cities with two councilmembers per ward - Terms of office.

A.  At the first general municipal election held in the oddnumbered year following adoption of the aldermanic form of government with two councilmembers per ward, the officers to be elected and their terms are as follows:

1.  Four-year terms:  One councilmember from each ward of the city; the mayor; the clerk; the marshal; and the street commissioner.

2.  Two-year terms:  One councilmember from each ward of the city; and the treasurer.

At general municipal elections held thereafter, the successors of the officers whose terms are expiring shall be elected for fouryear terms.

B.  The governing body of a municipality with an aldermanic form of government shall provide that the office of the clerk, at the next election after the effective date of this act, be elected to one six-year term followed by four-year terms thereafter, if the clerk and the mayor are currently on the same election cycle.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16204, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2005, c. 97, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.


§1116205.  Towns  Officers to be elected  Terms.

In a statutory town, the terms of the elected officers shall be staggered so that at any one general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  Trustees from oddnumbered wards; and

2.  The clerk.

At the next general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  Trustees from evennumbered wards; and

2.  The treasurer.

If the office of treasurer has been consolidated with any other office, elections for the office of treasurer and the office with which it has been consolidated shall be held at the time the election to fill the other office is held.  The term of the consolidated office shall be concurrent with the term of the other office.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16205, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116206.  First election held in town.

At the first general municipal election held in the oddnumbered year following adoption of the town board of trustees form of government, the officers to be elected and their terms are as follows:

1.  Fouryear terms:  Trustees from oddnumbered wards; and the clerk.

2.  Twoyear terms:  Trustees from evennumbered wards; and the treasurer.

At general municipal elections held thereafter, the successors of the officers whose terms are expiring shall be elected for fouryear terms.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16206, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116207.  Aldermanic cities and towns  Appointment of certain officials after submission to vote.

A.  The city council of any city may provide by ordinance for the submission to a vote of the registered voters of the city the question of providing for the appointment by the mayor, with the approval of the council, of the city marshal, the street commissioner, the city clerk, the city treasurer, or the city clerktreasurer.

B.  The board of trustees of any town may provide by ordinance for the submission to a vote of the registered voters of the town the question of providing for the appointment by the board of trustees of the town clerk, the town treasurer or the town clerktreasurer.

C.  The question of appointing each official shall be submitted separately on the ballot.  The question providing for the appointment of the clerk or the treasurer may be consolidated into one question provided the two offices are to be consolidated into the office of clerktreasurer.  The question providing for the appointment of any official shall read substantially as follows:

Shall the (Marshal, Street Commissioner, Clerk, Treasurer, ClerkTreasurer) be appointed by the (mayor, with the approval of the council, board of trustees)?

( ) Yes.

( ) No.

If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of appointment to the office, the appointive position shall take effect at the end of the current term of the office.  In cities, the appointive officer shall be appointed and may be removed by the mayor, with the approval of the council.  In towns, the appointment and removal shall be by a majority vote of all the members of the board of trustees.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16207, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116208.  Councilmanager cities  Officers to be elected  Terms.

In a statutory councilmanager city, the terms of the elected officers shall be staggered so that at any one general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  Councilmembers from Wards One, Two and Five (if one).

At the next general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  Councilmembers from Wards Three, Four and Six (if one); and 2.  The councilmember at large.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16208, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116209.  First election held in councilmanager city.

At the first general municipal election held in the oddnumbered year following adoption of the statutory councilmanager form of government, the officers to be elected and their terms are as follows:

1.  Fouryear terms:  Councilmembers from Wards One, Two and Five (if one).

2.  Twoyear terms:  Councilmembers from Wards Three, Four and Six (if one); and the councilmember at large.

At general municipal elections held thereafter, the successors of the officers whose terms are expiring shall be elected for fouryear terms.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16209, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116210.  Strongmayorcouncil cities   Officers to be elected  Terms.

In a statutory strongmayorcouncil city, the terms of the elected officers shall be staggered so that at any one general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  Councilmembers from Wards One, Two and Five (if one).

At the next general municipal election, the following officers are to be elected for fouryear terms:

1.  Councilmembers from Wards Three, Four and Six (if one); and 2.  The mayor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16210, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116211.  First election held in strongmayorcouncil city.

At the first general municipal election held in the oddnumbered year following adoption of the statutory strongmayorcouncil form of government, the officers to be elected and their terms are as follows:

1.  Fouryear terms:  Councilmembers from Wards One, Two and Five (if one).

2.  Twoyear terms:  Councilmembers from Wards Three, Four and Six (if one); and the mayor.

At general municipal elections held thereafter, the successors of the officers whose terms are expiring shall be elected for fouryear terms.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16211, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116212.  Councilmanager and strongmayorcouncil cities  Form of general municipal election ballot.

The ballots for the general election in a statutory councilmanager or statutory strongmayorcouncil city shall be of the office block type, listing the names of independent candidates and party nominees for each office under the respective office without party designation or emblems as follows:

For Councilmember from Ward One

(Vote for One)

______ Name of independent candidate or party nominee

______ Name of independent candidate or party nominee

For Councilmember from Ward Two

(Vote for One)

______ Name of independent candidate or party nominee

______ Name of independent candidate or party nominee

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 16212, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1116213.  Transitional provisions for municipalities not in conformance with general election or town meeting procedure.

A.  If the term of an elected officer as set forth in the notice of the last election for the office will expire in an evennumbered year, a regular municipal election or town meeting, if the municipality is subject to the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act, shall be held in order to elect a successor.  The term of the successor shall be either three (3) or five (5) years as necessary in order to comply with the provisions of Section 16101 et seq. of this title. Thereafter, the term of said office shall be four (4) years.  Any such election or town meeting held in an evennumbered year shall be conducted in the manner provided by law applicable to municipal elections or town meetings, whichever is appropriate.

B.  If the term of an elected officer as set forth in the notice of the last election for the office will expire in an oddnumbered year, but the term of office does not coincide with the offices named in Section 16201 et seq. of this title, a regular municipal election or town meeting shall be held in order to elect a successor. The term of the successor shall be either two (2) or four (4) years as necessary in order to comply with the provisions of Section 16101 et seq. of this title.  Thereafter, the term of said office shall be four (4) years.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 31, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1988, c. 105, § 23, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116301.  Short title.

Sections 1 through 15 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Town Meeting Act".

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116302.  Municipalities required to hold town meetings  Election  Ordinance providing alternative procedure  Repeal of ordinance.

A.  Except as otherwise provided in this act, Section 16301 et seq. of this title, sixty (60) days after the effective date of this act, all municipalities with fewer than one thousand (1,000) residents, according to the latest Federal Decennial Census, that are not governed by charter, shall elect officers and consider questions raised by initiative or referendum, pursuant to Section 15101 et seq. of this title, at biennial town meetings or special town meetings of the voters of each municipality as provided in this act.  Provided, that a municipality of fewer than one thousand (1,000) residents may at any time adopt an ordinance requiring that its officers shall be elected and initiative and referendum questions shall be decided only through elections conducted by the county election board pursuant to Section 16101 et seq. of this title.  Any municipality that passes an ordinance pursuant to this section shall upon adoption of the ordinance provide a copy of the ordinance to the county election board of the county in which the municipality is located.

B.  If the ordinance is repealed, elections of the municipality shall be at a town meeting. The municipality shall provide a copy of the repealer to the county election board of the county in which the municipality is located.  If a municipality with fewer than one thousand (1,000) residents fails to hold its regular municipal elections as required by law, the municipality shall be subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act, Section 16301 et seq. of this title; provided, further, that such municipality may adopt a resolution requiring that its elections be conducted by the county election board as provided in this section.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 78, § 1, emerg. eff. April 17, 1989.  

§1116303.  Time for town meeting  Purpose - Special town meetings.

In municipalities subject to the provisions of Section 16-301 et seq. of this title, a biennial town meeting of the voters shall be held on the first Tuesday in April in each oddnumbered year for the purpose of electing municipal officers and considering questions raised by initiative or referendum pursuant to Section 15101 et seq. of this title.

In addition to the election proceedings of said meeting the mayor or presiding officer may upon compliance with the Open Meeting Act, Section 301 et seq. of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes and other provisions appropriate to the law, conduct regular business meetings or any other town business which would be in order and of interest to those citizens in attendance.  Special town meetings for these purposes may be called at other times as provided in this act.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Amended by Laws 1990, c. 22, § 1, emerg. eff. March 29, 1990.


§1116304.  Notice  Publication  Posting  Contents.

Notice of the biennial town meeting or special town meeting for the purposes of electing officers and considering initiative or referendum questions shall be given by the governing body of the municipality in accordance with the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, Section 301 et seq. of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  The notice shall be signed by a majority of the members of the governing body.

In addition to the requirements of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, notice of the biennial town meeting and any special town meeting shall be given by publishing notice of the meeting stating the date, time, place and agenda in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality at least ten (10) days before the date of the meeting.  If there is no newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, the notice shall be given by posting a copy of the notice and agenda in at least five (5) public places in the municipality.  The notice shall list the offices to be filled, including the number of officers to be elected for fouryear terms and the number of officers to be elected to fill unexpired terms, and the questions to be voted on, if any.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116305.  Presiding officer  Minutes  Officers  Voting  Registration requirements  False affidavits.

A.  When a municipality fails to hold a biennial meeting on the first Tuesday of April in an oddnumbered year, the governing body shall immediately schedule and give notice of a special town meeting for the purpose of electing officers.  Such notice shall be in accordance with Section 4 of this act.

B.  If the governing body fails or refuses to hold a biennial or special town meeting for the purpose of electing officers, the board of county commissioners of the county in which the municipality is located shall call a town meeting for the purpose of electing officers.  The sheriff, or his deputy, of the county in which the municipality is located shall attend any town meeting called by the board of county commissioners, and if the municipal officers fail to conduct the meeting, shall moderate the meeting.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116306.  Presiding officer  Rules of order, conduct and decorum  Minutes  Ballots  Nomination and election of officials  False affidavits.

A.  Except as otherwise provided in this act, Section 16301 et seq. of this title, the mayor shall be the presiding officer of town meetings, shall decide questions of order and shall make public declaration of votes taken.  Robert's Rules of Order shall govern all town meetings, except when such rules are inconsistent with Oklahoma law.  The presiding officer may establish other rules of conduct and decorum for the meetings consistent with the Oklahoma Town Meeting Act, Section 16301 et seq. of this title.  When the office of mayor is vacant or if the mayor is unable to attend the town meeting, one of the members of the governing body shall be elected by the remaining members of the governing body to preside over the town meeting.

B.  The municipal clerk shall keep the minutes of the meeting.  The minutes shall separately record the number of votes for and against each candidate and each question and shall record the total number of votes cast for each position.  Paper ballots shall be preserved in the municipal clerk's office for a period of six (6) months following the town meeting at which said ballots were cast.

C.  Officials elected at town meetings shall be nominated and elected at large by the registered voters present from nominations taken from the floor.  Prior to accepting any nominations the presiding officer shall state the number of governing body offices to be elected for fouryear terms and the number of governing body offices to be elected to fill unexpired terms, if any.  There shall be separate nominations and balloting for each designated term.  The nominee who receives a plurality of the votes cast for the office of the designated term shall be elected for that designated term.  If more than one office is to be filled for a designated term, the voters shall vote for the designated number of offices to be filled and, the nominees receiving the largest pluralities shall be elected to those offices.  All votes shall be taken by secret ballot; provided that if there is only one candidate for an office, he or she may be elected by acclamation upon proper motion.  In case of a tie vote, the municipal clerk shall immediately select the electee or electees by lot as follows:  The clerk shall write or print the names of the tied nominees on similar pieces of paper and place the papers in a container in view of the persons attending the town meeting.  The clerk shall designate a person, who shall not be one of the nominees, to draw one name for each office to be filled and the nominee or nominees whose names are so drawn shall be deemed elected.  All other papers in the container shall then be exposed for examination.  Only a registered voter who has been a registered voter at an address within the municipality for at least six (6) months prior to the date of the town meeting at which the elections are held shall be qualified for nomination for office.  To be eligible for election, any person who is nominated for office must swear under oath that he or she has been a registered voter at an address within the municipality for the last six (6) months.  Only qualified registered voters who are present at the town meeting at which the elections are held shall be eligible for nomination for municipal office, provided that a qualified registered voter who is not present may be nominated if he or she has agreed in writing to accept the office if elected and has sworn an affidavit that he or she has been a registered voter at an address within the municipality for the last six (6) months.  Any person who falsely swears or signs a false affidavit that the person is qualified for municipal office shall be guilty of a felony.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  Amended by Laws 1989, c. 78, § 2, emerg. eff. April 17, 1989; Laws 1997, c. 133, § 128, eff. July 1, 1999.


NOTE:  Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 128 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.


§11-16-307.  Voting eligibility - Town meeting pollbook - Illegal voting - Penalty.

A.  The presiding officer at a town meeting shall follow reasonable and necessary procedures to ensure that persons who are not registered voters of the town do not vote.  Registered voters shall be seated in a clearly marked area separate from persons not registered to vote.

B.  To be eligible to vote at a town meeting, a person must be registered with the county election board at an address located within the municipality.  Before being seated in the section reserved for registered voters, each voter shall sign his or her name in a town meeting pollbook, said signature to constitute a sworn affidavit on the part of the voter that he or she is eligible to vote at the election.  The pollbook shall be prepared by the municipal clerk.  For such purpose, the municipal clerk or designee of the municipal clerk shall be authorized to administer the oath or affirmation contained in the affidavit.  The town meeting pollbook shall be on file in the office of the municipal clerk and shall be open to public inspection during reasonable office hours; provided, however, that such town meeting pollbooks may be destroyed by the municipal clerk at the end of six (6) months from the date of the election wherein such town meeting pollbook was used.  Any person knowingly voting illegally or found guilty of casting more than one vote for any office or on any question considered at the meeting shall be punished by a fine of not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for not to exceed thirty (30) days or both such fine and imprisonment.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  Amended by Laws 2002, c. 447, § 1, emerg. eff. June 5, 2002.


§1116308.  Election of municipal officers.

A person present at the meeting electing him or her to municipal office shall be treated as accepting, unless he or she declines before the meeting is adjourned.  When not present, he or she shall be served as soon as possible with a written notice of election, signed and mailed by the municipal clerk.  No person elected shall assume the duties of the office until he or she has signed the oath of office as required by law.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116309.  Filing of list of municipal officers elected  Notification of changes in list.

The municipal clerk shall file with the secretary of the county election board a list of the names and addresses of the municipal officers elected and shall notify the secretary of the county election board of any changes in the list as filed.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116310.  Contest of election by nominee.

Any person nominated for municipal office may, at any time before 5:00 p.m. of the third business day following the town meeting in which he or she was nominated, contest the correctness of the announced results of said election by filing a written petition with the district court of any county in which the municipality is located.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 10, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116311.  Petition alleging fraud  Bond  Hearing  Answer  Judgment  Ineligibility for office  Liability of contestant  Damages.

When a petition alleging fraud is filed, said petition must be accompanied by a cash bond of Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), running in favor of the contestee and conditioned upon payment of any and all liabilities or judgments arising from the contest so filed.  In said petition, contestant must allege the specific act constituting such alleged fraud and the names of the alleged perpetrators of such fraud.  If such petition is filed in the manner herein provided, the district judge of the county in which the alleged fraud occurred, or such other judge as may be assigned by the Supreme Court, shall hear and determine said issue without delay or continuance of more than one (1) day.  On the day of such hearing, the contestee may file answer to such petition or may file cross petition, setting forth in detail, as required of a petitioner herein, such claim of fraud.  An original petition or cross petition must be under oath and under penalty of perjury. The judge shall try and determine the issues formed by such pleadings and render such judgment as he or she may deem just and proper, according to the evidence submitted.  The decision of said district judge shall be final as to any changes in the total votes, and a copy of such judgment and decision shall be furnished the officer who presided at the town meeting. In any case where fraud is proved on the part of a nominee, he or she shall be declared ineligible for the office for which he or she was nominated.  In all cases where a petition is filed which alleges fraud, but after hearing said allegations are not reasonably sustained by competent evidence, the contestant shall be civilly liable in damages to the contestee for all damages sustained, including a reasonable attorney fee and all reasonable and proper costs of conducting such contest; and in the event it be alleged and found that such petition was frivolous in nature, the contestee may also be allowed punitive damages to be paid by said petitioner.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 11, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116312.  Petition alleging irregularities other than fraud  Sufficiency of allegations  Hearing.

When a petition alleging irregularities other than fraud is filed, the petition must allege a sufficient number of irregularities and of such nature as to:

1.  Prove that the contestant is lawfully entitled to be announced the winner; or

2.  Prove that it is impossible to determine with mathematical certainty which nominee is entitled to be announced the winner. Proof of failure of the presiding officer to take the vote by a paper ballot shall be sufficient proof of this requirement.

If such allegations are not made, the petition shall be deemed frivolous by the presiding judge and shall be dismissed.  Said petition must set forth specific allegations of irregularities.  If said petition is filed in the manner herein provided, the district judge of the county or such other judge as may be assigned by the Supreme Court shall hear and determine said issue in the same manner as provided for a petition alleging fraud.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 12, eff. Nov. 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 1989, c. 78, § 3, emerg. eff. April 17, 1989  

§1116313.  Impossibility of determining winner  Special town meeting to fill contested office.

In the event, after a hearing is conducted pursuant to Section 11 or 12 of this act, it is deemed impossible to determine who should be announced the winner, the judge shall notify the presiding officer of the town meeting of the same.  It shall then be the duty of the presiding officer to call a special town meeting for the purpose of filling the contested office, provided that any nominee upon whom fraud has been proved shall not be a nominee in the new election.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 13, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116314.  Omission of or noncompliance with notice requirements  Correction  Rectification of other errors and omissions  Validation of business of original action.

When any of the requirements of this act as to notice of a biennial or special town meeting have been omitted or not complied with, the omission or noncompliance, if the meeting and the business transacted at it is otherwise legal and within the scope of the municipal powers, may be corrected and legalized by a majority vote of the registered voters present at a regular town meeting or special town meeting of the municipality called for that purpose, with notice as required by Section 4 of this act.  The question to be voted upon shall substantially be, "Shall the action taken at the meeting of this town held on (state date) in spite of the fact that (state error or omission), and any act or action of the municipal officers or agents pursuant thereto be readopted, ratified and confirmed?".  Errors or omissions in the conduct of an original meeting which are not the result of an unlawful notice or noncompliance within the scope of the notice, may be rectified by a resolution of the governing body of the municipality passed by a majority of the members of the governing body at a regular meeting or a special meeting called for that purpose, stating that the defect was the result of oversight, inadvertence or mistake.  When an error or omission of this nature has been thus corrected by resolution, all business within the terms of the action of the qualified voters shall be as valid as if the requirements had been initially complied with, on condition, however, that the original action thereby corrected by the governing body was in compliance with the legal exercise of its governing powers.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 14, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1116315.  Elections to be conducted by county election board  Option to be conducted at town meeting.

Whenever in Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes provisions are made for election of officers or consideration of questions at elections conducted by the county election board pursuant to Section 16101 et seq. of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes, such elections may be held or questions considered at biennial or special town meetings, if the municipality is subject to the provisions of this act.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 105, § 15, eff. Nov. 1, 1988.  

§1117101.  Borrowing or appropriating monies  Investments  Deposit of monies.

A.  Any act of a municipal governing body which provides for the borrowing of monies or for appropriating monies shall not be valid unless a majority of the governing body of the municipality votes in favor of the action.  The municipal governing body may not appropriate or draw any order on the treasurer for monies unless the same has been appropriated in the manner provided by law or ordered in pursuance of some object provided for by law.

B.  A municipality may invest its funds in any bond, note, or other evidence of indebtedness issued by those agencies, authorities, instrumentalities, or public entities whose governing boards are appointed by the municipality or issued by any public trust of which it is sole beneficiary, excluding obligations which are industrial development bonds as defined in the provisions of Section 103 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1953, as amended, and regulations promulgated thereto.

C.  If a municipality has established a system for the separate accounting of monies by fund sources that has been certified by the auditor of the municipality, the treasurer of such municipality acting as an officer of the municipality or as agent of any instrumentality or public trust of the municipality may deposit into one or more accounts of an authorized depository all monies coming into his custody.  Unless otherwise provided for by law, interest earnings shall be prorated according to fund source.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 32, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§11-17-102.  Payment of invoice or account - Petty cash accounts.

A.  Any invoice against a municipality must be presented in writing and examined in the manner provided by municipal ordinance or in absence of such ordinance by other applicable law.  The municipal ordinance shall establish an internal control structure adequate to provide reasonable assurance against unauthorized or illegal payments of invoices.  Except as otherwise provided for in this subsection, monies may be drawn from the municipal treasury only upon a proper warrant as provided by law.  In lieu of issuing such warrant, a municipality may process payment by check, wire transfer, direct payroll deposit, or other instrument or method of disbursement through the Federal Reserve System.

B.  The warrant, check, or other instrument shall be prepared and issued in accordance with procedures and requirements provided by municipal ordinance or in absence of such ordinance, by other applicable law.  The municipal warrant or municipal check shall be signed by the officer designated in the ordinance or in the absence of such ordinance, by the municipal treasurer.  The provisions of state law on uniform facsimile signatures of public officials, Sections 601 through 606 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall be applicable to instruments authorized by this section.

C.  Unless alternate procedures have been enacted by municipal ordinance and a majority or all of governing body offices in a municipality become vacant, thereby preventing approval of amounts lawfully owing on invoices, the interim mayor or the remaining governing body members, as the case may be, may authorize emergency payments of amounts owing on invoices for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days after the date that a majority of the offices become vacant or, if an election cannot be held within the ninety (90) days in accordance with state law, until successors to at least a majority of the governing body offices have been elected and qualified.  The interim mayor or the remaining governing body members may also authorize payment of payroll, utility bills, or other usual and regular obligations of the municipality.  Any such authorization and payment shall not exceed the unencumbered and unexpended balance of the appropriation made for that purpose, nor may the total amount of such emergency authorizations and payments exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the total appropriations approved for the town government for the fiscal year.  Any warrant, check or other instrument issued pursuant to this section shall state that it is being issued under emergency circumstances and by special authority of this section.

D.  A municipality shall have the authority to establish petty cash accounts in amounts established by the governing body for use in making payments for costs incurred in operating the municipality.  The petty cash accounts shall be reimbursed by utilizing properly itemized invoices or petty cash voucher slips and processing the reimbursement in accordance with the provisions of subsection A of this section.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, §17-102, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1980, c. 226, § 1, emerg. eff. May 27, 1980; Laws 1985, c. 82, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985; Laws 1988, c. 105, § 24, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 1, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1996, c. 52, § 1, emerg. eff. April 8, 1996.


§1117103.  Actions against municipality.

No costs may be recovered against a municipality, in any action brought against it, for any unliquidated claim which has not been presented to the governing body for auditing, nor for claims allowed in part unless the recovery shall be for a greater sum than the amount allowed with the interest due.  No action may be maintained against a municipality in exercising or failing to exercise any corporate power or authority where such action would not lie against a private individual under like circumstances.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 17103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1117104.  Liability for voting unlawful claims.

Any governing body member who intentionally votes to appropriate money or to allow any bill or claim which is not authorized by law shall be personally liable to the municipality for the amount of such money appropriated, or bills or claims allowed, with costs of suit, in an action before any court of competent jurisdiction.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 17104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-17-105.  Annual financial statement audit or agreed-upon-procedures engagement.

A.  The governing body of each municipality with an income of Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) or more to its general fund during a fiscal year shall cause to be prepared, by an independent licensed public accountant or a certified public accountant, an annual financial statement audit to be conducted in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and "Government Auditing Standards" as issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.  Such audit shall be ordered within thirty (30) days of the close of each fiscal year.  Copies shall be filed with the State Auditor and Inspector within six (6) months after the close of the fiscal year in accordance with the provisions of Sections 3022 and 3023 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes and with the governing body of the municipality.

B.  The governing body of each municipality with an income of Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00) or more to its general fund during a fiscal year and with a population of less than two thousand five hundred (2,500) as of the most recent Federal Decennial Census, and for whom an annual financial statement audit is not required by another law, regulation or contract, shall cause to be prepared, by an independent licensed public accountant or a certified public accountant, an annual financial statement audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States and Government Auditing Standards as issued by the Comptroller General of the United States, or an agreed-upon-procedures engagement over certain financial information and compliance requirements to be performed in accordance with the applicable attestation standards of The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the fieldwork and reporting standards in Government Auditing Standards.  The specific procedures to be performed are as follows for the fiscal year:

1.  Prepare a schedule of changes in fund balances for each fund and determine compliance with the statutory prohibition of creating fund balance deficits;

2.  Prepare a budget and actual financial schedule for the General Fund and any other significant funds listing separately each federal fund and determine compliance with the legal level of appropriations by comparing expenditures and encumbrances to authorized appropriations;

3.  Agree material bank account balances to bank statements, and trace significant reconciling items to subsequent clearance;

4.  Compare uninsured deposits to fair value of pledged collateral;

5.  Compare use of material-restricted revenues and resources to their restrictions;

6.  Determine compliance with requirements for separate funds; and

7.  Determine compliance with reserve account and debt service coverage requirements of bond indentures.

Such audit or agreed-upon-procedures engagement shall be ordered within thirty (30) days of the close of each fiscal year.  Copies shall be filed with the State Auditor and Inspector within six (6) months after the close of the fiscal year in accordance with the provisions of Sections 3022 and 3023 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes and with the governing body of the municipality.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 17-105, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1979, c. 30, § 1, emerg. eff. April 6, 1979; Laws 1984, c. 125, § 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1984; Laws 1987, c. 110, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 2, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 2005, c. 459, § 1, eff. July 1, 2005.


§11-17-105.1.  Filing of audit or agreed-upon-procedures report - Form.

An auditor shall file with the State Auditor and Inspector, at the same time a certified copy of an audit or agreed-upon-procedures report is filed as required in Section 17105 of this title, two copies of a prescribed form setting forth for the fiscal year audited the funds available to the municipality and the use of those funds.  The form shall also include information relating to the duly constituted authorities of the municipality and shall be on a form approved by the State Auditor and Inspector.  Copies of said audit and the form shall be made available for public inspection by the municipality and the State Auditor and Inspector.  The State Auditor and Inspector may contract for the compilation and reporting of the information submitted on the form.

Added by Laws 1984, c. 125, § 2, emerg. eff. April 10, 1984.  Amended by Laws 2005, c. 459, § 2, eff. July 1, 2005.


§11-17-106.  Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 35, eff. July 1, 1991.

§11-17-106.1.  Independent audit reports relating to federal awards compliance - Form required.

Independent auditor's reports relating to federal awards compliance will be in a form consistent with the auditors' reports in the most recent audit guide for state and local governments prepared by The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  State agencies or other pass-through grantors of federal awards will not place auditing requirements on a municipality, in addition to the required reports and schedules of federal awards expended, without approval of the State Auditor and Inspector.

Added by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 3, eff. July 1, 1991.  Amended by Laws 2005, c. 459, § 3, eff. July 1, 2005.


§11-17-107.  Failure to file audit or agreed-upon-procedures report.

If a municipality does not file a copy of its audit or agreed-upon-procedures report as provided in Section 17-105 of this title, the State Auditor and Inspector shall notify the Oklahoma Tax Commission which shall withhold from the municipality its monthly allocations of gasoline taxes until the audit report is filed.  If a report is not filed within two (2) years after the close of the fiscal year, the funds being withheld shall be remitted by the Oklahoma Tax Commission to the county in which the incorporated city or town is located and deposited to the county highway fund of that county to be used as otherwise provided by law.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 17-107, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1979, c. 30, § 2, emerg. eff. April 6, 1979; Laws 1993, c. 146, § 2; Laws 2005, c. 459, § 4, eff. July 1, 2005.


§1117108.  Trusts exempt.

The requirements of Sections 17105 through 17107 of this title shall not apply to trusts of which a city or town is the beneficiary, the same being covered under Section 180.1 of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 17108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1117109.  Capital improvement fund  Authority to create.

The municipal governing body may create a capital improvement fund and place in the fund any money available to the municipality.  Money in the fund may be accumulated from year to year.  The fund shall be nonfiscal and shall not be considered in computing any levy when the municipality makes its estimate to the excise board for needed appropriations.  Money in the capital improvement fund may be expended for any capital improvement.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 17109, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 4, eff. July 1, 1991.


§1117110.  Capital improvements  Definitions.

For the purpose of creating a capital improvement fund and expending money therefrom, capital improvement shall mean all items and articles, either new or replacements, not consumed with use but only diminished in value with prolonged use, including but not limited to roads and streets, drainage improvements, water and sewerage improvements, machinery, equipment, furniture and fixtures, all real property, all construction or reconstruction of buildings, appurtenances and improvements to real property, the cost and expenses related thereto of rightsofway or other real property, engineering, architectural or legal fees, and payment for improvements for which subsequent reimbursement is made to the capital improvement fund.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 17110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-17-111.  Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 35, eff. July 1, 1991.

§1117112.  Manufacturing establishments and public utilities  Exemption from municipal taxation.

Any municipality may, by a majority vote of the registered voters of the municipality voting on the question, exempt from municipal taxation for a period not to exceed five (5) years new manufacturing establishments and public utilities locating in the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 17112, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1117113.  Publication of city financial statements.

Any municipality subject to the annual audit requirements of Section 17-105 of this title shall cause to be published, within thirty (30) days of receipt of its annual audit report, a notice of availability of the annual audited financial statements for public inspection.  All publications mentioned in this section shall be made in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to any city governed by charter where the charter provides for the manner or procedure for publication of such financial information.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 17113, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 5, eff. July 1, 1991.


§11-17-114.  Vendor invoices and contract estimates - Payment procedures - Uniform jackets.

To facilitate the payment of vendor invoices and contract estimates the municipal finance officer may design a uniform jacket to be used by all departments and divisions of the municipality whereon shall be provided summarized information relative to the enclosed invoices or contract estimates, together with a space for the approval of the head of the department or division approving said vendor invoices or contract estimates for payment.  Vendor invoices and contract estimates may be accepted by the municipality in lieu of the claim form previously required in the same manner as commercial invoices are paid.  If utilized, vendor invoices and contract estimates shall be filed with the department or division receiving the merchandise or services in the same manner as invoices are filed with commercial firms.  Upon receipt of invoices or contract estimates the head of the department or division or his authorized agent, may approve said documents for payment by executing a certificate of delivery or acceptance of the goods or services.  Whereupon, the authorized official of said agency may approve said invoices or contract estimates for payment by enclosing the invoice or contract estimate in a jacket provided for such purpose and affixing his or her approval in the space provided on the jacket.

Added by Laws 1990, c. 177, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.


§11-17-115.  Reverse auction bidding - Procedure - Public disclosure - Remedies.

A.  A municipality or any public trust of which the municipality is beneficiary or any nonappropriated governmental agency or instrumentality of the state is authorized to use a reverse auction bidding procedure to obtain bids for the purchase of goods or services of any type of kind.  The reverse auction shall be a real-time bidding process taking place at a previously scheduled time and Internet location and for a previously established duration, in which multiple suppliers, anonymous to each other, submit bids to provide the goods or services.  The reverse auction procedure may be used as an alternative to any state law applicable to the purchase of the goods or services.

B.  The procedure shall provide:

1.  A bid opening and bid closure.  At the opening date and time, the municipality or public trust shall begin accepting reverse auction electronic bids.  Reverse auction bids shall be accepted until the bid closure, except as provided by paragraph 6 of this subsection, unless the municipality or public trust determines it is in the best interest of the municipality or public trust to extend the closing time and notifies the reverse auction bidders of the extended closing time by public announcement at the Internet location at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to the original closing time;

2.  The posting of all reverse auction bids electronically and updating of bids on a real-time basis by the municipality or public trust;

3.  The authorization for the municipality or public trust to require bidders to register before the opening date and time and, as part of that registration, require bidders to agree to any terms, conditions or other requirements of the solicitation or applicable acts;

4.  The authorization for the municipality or public trust to also require potential bidders to prequalify as bidders and to restrict solicitations to prequalified online and reverse auction bidders;

5.  The retention of the authority of the municipality or public trust to determine the criteria that will be used as the basis for making awards; and

6.  The authorization for the municipality or public trust to determine it is in the best interest of the municipality or public trust to allow it to accept an electronic bid after the specified official closing date and time, in the event the municipality or public trust determines that a significant error or event occurred that affected the electronic receipt of any reverse auction bid by the municipality or public trust.

C.  All bids submitted electronically through the reverse auction bidding process pursuant to this section are subject to the same public disclosure laws that govern bids received pursuant to any other law of this state governing procurement procedures for a municipality or public trust.

D.  All remedies available to the municipality or public trust and suppliers through a bid process pursuant to any other law of this state are also available to the municipality or public trust reverse auction bidders in a reverse auction bidding process.

Added by Laws 2004, c. 514, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.  Amended by Laws 2005, c. 459, § 5, eff. July 1, 2005.


§1117201.  Short title.

This act may be cited as the "Municipal Budget Act".

Laws 1979, c. 111, § 1. 0

§1117202.  Purpose of act.

The purpose of this act is to provide an alternate budget procedure for municipal governments which will:

1.  Establish standard and sound fiscal procedures for the adoption and administration of budgets;

2.  Make available to the public and investors sufficient information as to the financial conditions, requirements and expectations of the municipal government; and

3.  Assist municipal governments to improve and implement generally accepted standards of finance management.

Laws 1979, c. 111, § 2.  

§1117203.  Application of act.

This act shall apply to any incorporated city or town which, by resolution of the governing body, opts to come under and comply with all its provisions and requirements.  Once a municipality has selected the Municipal Budget Act to govern its budget procedures, the provisions of this act shall take precedence over any other state laws applicable to municipal budgets, except as may be provided otherwise in this act, and supersede any conflicting laws. Any action of a municipal governing body to implement, rescind or repeal the application of the Municipal Budget Act shall be effective as of the beginning or end of a budget year pursuant to this act.

Laws 1979, c. 111, § 3.  

§11-17-204.  Definitions.

As used in this act:

1.  "Account" means an entity for recording specific revenues or expenditures, or for grouping related or similar classes of revenues and expenditures and recording them within a fund or department;

2.  "Appropriated fund balance" means any fund balance appropriated for a fund for the budget year;

3.  "Appropriation" means an authorization to expend or encumber revenues and fund balance of a fund;

4.  "Budget" means a plan of financial operations for a fiscal year, including an estimate of proposed expenditures for given purposes and the proposed means for financing them;

5.  "Budget summary" means a tabular listing of revenues by source and expenditures by fund and by department within each fund for the budget year;

6.  "Budget year" means the fiscal year for which a budget is prepared or being prepared;

7.  "Chief executive officer" means the mayor of an aldermanic city or a strong-mayor-council city, the mayor of a town, or the city manager or chief administrative officer as it may be defined by applicable law, charter or ordinance;

8.  "Current year" means the year in which the budget is prepared and adopted, or the fiscal year immediately preceding the budget year;

9.  "Deficit" means the excess of a fund's current liabilities and encumbrances over its current financial assets as reflected by its books of account;

10.  "Department" means a functional unit within a fund which carries on a specific activity, such as a fire department or a police department within a general fund;

11.  "Estimated revenue" means the amount of revenues estimated to be received during the budget year in each fund for which a budget is prepared;

12.  "Fiscal year" means the annual period for reporting fiscal operations which begins and ends on dates as the Legislature provides or as provided by law;

13.  "Fund" means an independent fiscal and accounting entity with a self-balancing set of accounts to record cash and other financial resources, together with all liabilities, which are segregated for the purpose of carrying on specific activities or attaining certain objectives;

14.  "Fund balance" means the excess of a fund's current financial assets over its current liabilities and encumbrances, as reflected by its books of account;

15.  "Governing body" means the city council of a city, the board of trustees of a town, or the legislative body of a municipality as it may be defined by applicable law or charter provision;

16.  "Immediate prior fiscal year" means the year preceding the current year;

17.  "Levy" means to impose ad valorem taxes or the total amount of ad valorem taxes for a purpose or entity;

18.  "Operating reserve" means that portion of the fund balance which has not been appropriated in a budget year; and

19.  "Municipality" means any incorporated city or town.

Added by Laws 1979, c. 111, § 4.  Amended by Laws 1980, c. 226, § 2, emerg. eff. May 27, 1980; Laws 1995, c. 166, § 1, emerg. eff. May 4, 1995; Laws 2002, c. 98, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1117205.  Annual budget  Preparation and submission  Assistance of officers, employees and departments.

At least thirty (30) days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, a budget for the municipality shall be prepared by the chief executive officer and submitted to the governing body.  The chief executive officer may require any other officer or employee who is charged with the management or control of any department or office of the municipality to furnish estimates for the fiscal year covering estimated revenues and expenditures of the department or office on or before a date set by the chief executive officer.

Laws 1979, c. 111, § 5.  

§11-17-206.  Requirements and contents of budget.

A.  The municipal budget shall present a complete financial plan for the municipality and shall present information necessary and proper to disclose the financial position and condition of the municipality and the revenues and expenditures thereof, both past and anticipated.

B.  The budget shall contain a budget summary.  It shall also be accompanied by a budget message which shall explain the budget and describe its important features.  The budget format shall be as provided by the governing body in consultation with the chief executive officer.  It shall contain at least the following in tabular form for each fund, itemized by department and account within each fund:

1.  Actual revenues and expenditures for the immediate prior fiscal year;

2.  Revenues and expenditures for the current fiscal year as shown by the budget for the current year as adopted or amended; and

3.  Estimates of revenues and expenditures for the budget year.

C.  The estimate of revenues for any budget year shall include probable income by source which the municipality is legally empowered to collect or receive at the time the budget is adopted.  The estimate shall be based on a review and analysis of past and anticipated revenues of the municipality.  Any portion of the budget of revenues to be derived from ad valorem property taxation shall not exceed the amount of tax which is available for appropriation, as finally determined by the county excise board, or which can or must be raised as required by law.  The budget of expenditures for each fund shall not exceed the estimated revenues for each fund.  No more than ten percent (10%) of the total budget for any fund may be budgeted for miscellaneous purposes.  Included in the budget of revenues or expenditures for any fund may be amounts transferred from or to another fund.  Any such interfund transfer must be shown as a disbursement from the one fund and as a receipt to the other fund.

D.  Encumbrances for funds whose sole purpose is to account for grants and capital projects and/or any unexpended appropriation balances may be considered nonfiscal and excluded from the budget by the governing body, but shall be reappropriated to the same funds, accounts and for the same purposes for the successive fiscal year, unless the grant, project or purpose is designated or declared closed or completed by the governing body.

Added by Laws 1979, c. 111, § 6.  Amended by Laws 2002, c. 98, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2002; Laws 2002, c. 440, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1117207.  Monies received and expended must be accounted for by fund or account.

Any monies received or expended by a municipality must be accounted for by fund and account.  Each municipality shall adopt an appropriation for the general fund and for all other funds established by the governing body pursuant to the provisions of Section 17212 of this title.  The municipal governing body shall determine the needs of the municipality for sinking fund purposes, pursuant to the provisions of Section 431 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes, Section 3017 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and Section 28 of Article 10 of the Oklahoma Constitution, and include these requirements in the debt service fund budget for the budget year.

Added by Laws 1979, c. 111, § 7.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 146, § 1, operative July 1, 1984; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 6, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 2002, c. 98, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1117208.  Public hearing on proposed budget  Notice  Copies of proposed budget.

The municipal governing body shall hold a public hearing on the proposed budget no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the beginning of the budget year.  Notice of the date, time and place of the hearing, together with the proposed budget summary, shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality not less than five (5) days before the date of the hearing.  The municipal clerk shall make available a sufficient number of copies of the proposed budget as the governing body shall determine and have them available for review or for distribution or sale at the office of the municipal clerk.  Whenever the total operating budget, not including debt service, does not exceed Twelve Thousand Dollars ($12,000.00) per year, the proposed budget summary and notice may be posted at the governing body's principal headquarters in lieu of publication in a newspaper. At the public hearing on the budget any person may present to the governing body comments, recommendations or information on any part of the proposed budget.

Laws 1979, c. 111, § 8.  

§1117209.  Adoption of budget  Filing  Effective period  Use of appropriated funds  Levying tax.

A.  After the hearing and at least seven (7) days prior to the beginning of the budget year, the governing body shall adopt the budget by resolution, or as any charter may require, at the level of classification as defined in Section 17-213 of this title.  The governing body may add or increase items or delete or decrease items in the budget.  In all cases the proposed expenditures shall not exceed the estimated revenues and appropriated fund balance for any fund.

B.  The adopted budget shall be transmitted to the State Auditor and Inspector within thirty (30) days after the beginning of the fiscal year of the municipality and one copy shall be kept on file in the office of the municipal clerk.  A copy of the municipality's sinking fund requirements shall be filed with the excise board of the county or counties in which the municipality is located.

C.  The adopted budget shall be in effect on and after the first day of the fiscal year to which it applies.  The budget as adopted and filed with the State Auditor and Inspector shall constitute an appropriation for each fund, and the appropriation thus made shall not be used for any other purpose except as provided by law.

D.  At the time required by law, the county excise board shall levy the taxes necessary for the municipality's sinking fund for the budget year pursuant to Section 431 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Added by Laws 1979, c. 111, § 9.  Amended by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 7, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 2002, c. 98, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1117210.  Protests  Failure to protest  Examination of filed budget.

Within fifteen (15) days after the filing of any municipal budget with the State Auditor and Inspector, any taxpayer may file protests against any levy of ad valorem taxes for creating sinking funds in the manner provided by this section and Sections 24104 through 24111 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  The fifteenday protest period begins upon the date the budget is received in the Office of the State Auditor and Inspector.  After receipt of a taxpayer protest, the State Auditor and Inspector shall transmit by certified mail one copy of each protest to the municipal clerk, and one copy of each protest to the county treasurer and the excise board of each county in which the municipality is located.  The taxpayer shall specify the grounds upon which the protest is based.  Any protest filed by any taxpayer shall inure to the benefit of all taxpayers.  Provided, the provisions of this section shall not delay any budget expenditures of a municipality if the amount of revenue from the ad valorem tax levy which is deposited in the municipal general fund is less than five percent (5%) of the total revenue accruing to the municipal general fund during the prior fiscal year.  If no protest is filed by any taxpayer within the fifteenday period, the budget and any appropriations thereof shall be deemed legal and final until amended by the governing body or the county excise board as authorized by law.  Taxpayers shall have the right at all reasonable times to examine the budget on file with the municipal clerk or the State Auditor and Inspector for the purpose of filing protests in accordance with this section and Sections 24104 through 24111 of Title 68.

Laws 1979, c. 111, § 10, eff. Oct. 1, 1979; Laws 1980, c. 226, § 3, emerg. eff. May 27, 1980; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 8, eff. July 1, 1991.


§1117211.  Expenditure of funds  Balances to be carried forward  Unlawful acts and liability therefor.

A.  No expenditure may be incurred or made by any officer or employee which exceeds the fund balance for any fund.  Any fund balance remaining in a fund at the end of the fiscal year shall be carried forward to the credit of the fund for the next fiscal year.  No expenditure may be authorized or made by any officer or employee which exceeds the appropriation of any fund.

B.  It shall be unlawful for any officer or employee of the municipality in any budget year:

1.  To create or authorize creation of a deficit in any fund; or

2.  To authorize, make or incur expenditures in excess of ninety percent (90%) of the appropriation for any fund of the budget as adopted or amended until revenues received, including the prior fiscal year's fund balance carried forward, totals an amount equal to at least ninety percent (90%) of the appropriation for the fund.  Expenditures may then be made and authorized so long as any expenditure does not exceed any fund balance.

C.  Any obligation that is contracted or authorized by any officer or employee in violation of this act shall become the obligation of the officer or employee himself and shall not be valid or enforceable against the municipality.  Any officer or employee who violates this act shall forfeit his office or position and shall be subject to such civil and criminal punishments as are provided by law.  Any obligation, authorization for expenditure or expenditure made in violation of this act shall be illegal and void.

Added by Laws 1979, c. 111, § 11.  Amended by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 9, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 371, § 2, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 2002, c. 98, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1117212.  Funds  Establishment  Kinds.

A municipality shall establish funds consistent with legal and operating requirements.  Each municipality shall maintain according to its own needs some or all of the following funds or ledgers in its system of accounts:

1.  A general fund, to account for all monies received and disbursed for general municipal government purposes, including all assets, liabilities, reserves, fund balances, revenues and expenditures which are not accounted for in any other fund or special ledger account.  All monies received by the municipality under the motor fuel tax or under the motor vehicle license and registration tax and earmarked for the street and alley fund may be deposited in the general fund and accounted for as a "street and alley account" within the general fund.  Expenditures from this account shall be made as earmarked and provided by law.  All references to the street and alley fund or to the special fund earmarked for stateshared gasoline and motor vehicle taxes may mean the street and alley account provided in this section;

2.  Special revenue funds, as required, to account for the proceeds of specific revenue sources that are restricted by law to expenditures for specified purposes;

3.  Debt service fund, which shall include the municipal sinking fund, established to account for the retirement of general obligation bonds or other long-term debt and payment of interest thereon and judgments as provided by law.  Any monies pledged to service general obligation bonds or other long-term debt must be deposited in the debt service fund;

4.  Capital project funds, to account for financial resources segregated for acquisition, construction or other improvement related to capital facilities other than those accounted for in enterprise funds and nonexpendable trust funds;

5.  Enterprise funds, to account for each utility or enterprise or other service, other than those operated as a department of the general fund, where the costs are financed primarily through user charges or where there is a periodic need to determine revenues earned, expenses incurred or net income for a service or program;

6.  Trust and agency funds, to account for assets held by the municipality as trustee or agent for individuals, private organizations or other governmental units or purposes, such as a retirement fund or a cemetery perpetual care fund;

7.  Internal service funds, to account for the financing of goods or services provided by one department or agency of the municipality to another department or agency, or to another government, on a cost reimbursement basis;

8.  A ledger or group of accounts in which to record the details relating to the general fixed assets of the municipality;

9.  A ledger or group of accounts in which to record the details relating to the general bonds or other long-term debt of the municipality; or

10.  Such other funds or ledgers as may be established by the governing body.

Laws 1979, c. 111, § 12; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 10, eff. July 1, 1991.

  

§1117213.  Funds  Classification of revenues and expenditures.

Each fund shall be made up of accounts for classifying revenues and expenditures.  Revenues shall be classified separately by source.  Expenditures shall be departmentalized within each fund and shall be classified into at least the following accounts:

1.  Personal services, which may include expenses for salaries, wages, per diem or other compensation, fees, allowances or reimbursement for travel expenses, and related employee benefits, paid to any officer or employee for services rendered or for employment.  Employee benefits may include employer contributions to a retirement system, insurance, sick leave, terminal pay or similar benefits;

2.  Materials and supplies, which may include articles and commodities which are consumed or materially altered when used, such as office supplies, operating supplies and repair and maintenance supplies, and all items of expense to any person, firm or corporation rendering a service in connection with repair, sale or trade of such articles or commodities;

3.  Other services and charges, which may include all current expenses other than those listed in paragraphs 1, 2, 4, 5 or 6 of this section, such as services or charges for communications, transportation, advertising, printing or binding, insurance, public utility services, repairs and maintenance, rentals, miscellaneous items and all items of expenses to any person, firm or corporation rendering such services;

4.  Capital outlays, which may include outlays which result in acquisition of or additions to fixed assets which are purchased by the municipality, including machinery and equipment, furniture, land, buildings, improvements other than buildings, and all construction, reconstruction, appurtenances or improvements to real property accomplished according to the conditions of a contract;

5.  Debt service, which may include outlays in the form of debt principal payments, periodic interest payments, or related service charges for benefits received in part in prior fiscal periods as well as in current and future fiscal periods; and

6.  Fund transfers, which may include permanent transfers of resources from one fund to another.

Added by Laws 1979, c. 111, § 13.  Amended by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 11, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 2002, c. 98, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1117214.  Funds  Operating reserve.

A municipality may create an operating reserve for the purpose of providing a fund or reserve out of which to meet emergency expenditures.

Laws 1979, c. 111, § 14.  

§1117215.  Transfer of unexpended or unencumbered appropriation - Limitations on encumbrances or expenditures.

A.  The chief executive officer, or designee, as authorized by the governing body, may transfer any unexpended and unencumbered appropriation or any portion thereof from one department to another within the same fund; except that no appropriation for debt service or other appropriation required by law or ordinance may be reduced below the minimums required.

B.  Any fund balance in an enterprise fund of the municipality may be transferred to another fund of the municipality as authorized by the governing body.  Other interfund transfers may be made only as adopted or amended according to Section 17206 or 17216 of this title.

C.  Whenever the necessity for maintaining any fund of a municipality has ceased to exist and a balance remains in the fund, the governing body may authorize the transfer of the balance to the general fund or any other designated fund, unless otherwise provided by law.

D.  No encumbrance or expenditure may be authorized or made by any officer or employee which exceeds the available appropriation for each department within a fund.

Added by Laws 1979, c. 111, § 15.  Amended by Laws 1980, c. 226, § 4, emerg. eff. May 27, 1980; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 12, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 2002, c. 98, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1117216.  Supplemental appropriations to funds  Amendment of budget.

A.  The governing body may amend the budget to make supplemental appropriations to any fund up to the amount of additional revenues which are available for current expenses for the fund due to:

1.  Revenues received or to be received from sources not anticipated in the budget for that year;

2.  Revenues received or to be received from anticipated sources but in excess of the budget estimates therefor; or

3.  Unexpended and unencumbered fund balances on hand at the end of the preceding fiscal year which had not been anticipated or appropriated in the budget.  Any appropriation authorizing the creating of an indebtedness shall be governed by the applicable provisions of Article 10 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

B.  If at any time during the budget year it appears probable that revenues available will be insufficient to meet the amount appropriated, or that due to unforeseen emergencies there is temporarily insufficient money in a particular fund to meet the requirements of appropriation for the fund, the governing body shall take action as it deems necessary.  For that purpose, it may amend the budget to reduce one or more appropriations or it may amend the budget to transfer money from one fund to another fund, but no appropriation for debt service may be reduced and no appropriation may be reduced by more than the amount of the unencumbered and unexpended balance thereof.  No transfer shall be made from the debt service fund to any other fund except as may be permitted by the terms of the bond issue or applicable law.

C.  A budget amendment as provided in this section authorizing supplemental appropriations or a decrease in the total appropriation of funds shall be adopted at a meeting of the governing body and filed with the municipal clerk and the State Auditor and Inspector.

Added by Laws 1979, c. 111, § 16.  Amended by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 13, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 2002, c. 98, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1118101.  Procedure for changing form of government  Petition or governing body resolution.

Any city operating pursuant to a statutory form of city government may change to any one of the other statutory forms of city government.  The mayor shall issue an order calling for an election on the question of whether or not the city shall change its form of government if:

1.  an initiative petition is filed with the governing body of the municipality; or

2.  the governing body, by resolution, so directs.

The initiative petition or resolution of the governing body shall be filed at least one hundred twenty (120) days before the filing date for the next municipal general election and shall include the form of government which is proposed for adoption.  The order calling for the election shall be issued by the governing body of the municipality within ten (10) days after a decision has been made on the ballot title, or within ten (10) days after the effective date of the resolution of the governing body.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 33, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1118102.  Election on question  Notice.

The question of changing the statutory form of city government shall be submitted to the registered voters of the city at a general or special election to be held in the city not less than sixty (60) days nor more than ninety (90) days after the date of the order calling for the election.  Notice of the election on the question shall be given by the governing body in the manner required for municipal elections.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 18102, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1993, c. 316, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.


§1118103.  Ballots  Certification of results  Order.

The question submitted to the registered voters of the municipality shall be substantially in the following form:

Shall the City of ______ change to the statutory ___________ (name of proposed statutory form) form of city government?

( ) Yes.

( ) No.

The secretary of the county election board shall, within five (5) days after the canvass of returns, certify the results of the election on the question to the governing body.  If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of adopting the proposed form of government, the governing body shall, within twenty (20) days after receiving the certification, adopt a resolution stating that the city has changed its form of government to the form adopted.  The governing body by ordinance shall divide the city into the number of wards required under the statutory form of government which has been adopted.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 18103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1118104.  Effective date of new form  First elections  Transition of officers.

The first primary and general elections under the new form shall be held at the time that the next municipal primary and general elections would be held as if there were no change in the form of government.  The form of government which has been adopted shall go into full effect when the terms of officers elected under the new form begin.  Every appointive officer or employee holding an office or position which exists under both the previous and new forms of government shall continue in his office or position in the new form of government until his services terminate or are terminated in the manner provided by the new form.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 18104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1118105.  Record of change.

The resolution declaring the change in form of city government shall be recorded in the office of the county clerk in the county in which the situs of the city government is located and filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the archives of the city.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 18105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1119101.  Procedure for changing name  Petition or governing body resolution.

The mayor of an incorporated municipality shall issue an order calling for an election on the question of whether or not the municipality shall change its name if:

1.  an initiative petition is filed with the governing body; or 2.  the governing body, by resolution, so directs.

The initiative petition or resolution of the governing body shall set forth the name of the municipality, its location, and the new name which is proposed for adoption.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 34, eff. Nov. 1, 1984. Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 34, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1119102.  Election on question  Notice.

The question of changing the name of the municipality shall be submitted to the registered voters of the municipality at a general or special election to be held in the municipality not less than thirty (30) nor more than sixty (60) days after the date of the order calling for the election.  Notice of the election on the question shall be given by the governing body in the manner required for municipal elections.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 19102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1119103.  Ballots  Certification of results  Order.

The question submitted to the registered voters of the municipality shall be substantially in the following form:

Shall the ________ (City or Town) of ________ change its name to the (City or Town) of ________?

( ) Yes.

( ) No.

The secretary of the county election board shall, within five (5) days after the canvass of returns, certify the results of the election on the question to the governing body.  If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of adopting the new name, the governing body shall, within twenty (20) days after receiving the certification, adopt a resolution stating that the name of the municipality has been changed and giving the new name of the municipality.  The resolution shall also state the date that the change will take effect.  The effective date shall be not less than thirty (30) days after the resolution is adopted.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 19103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1119104.  Record and publication of change.

The resolution declaring the change of name of the municipality shall be recorded in the office of the county clerk in the county in which the situs of the municipal government is located and filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the archives of the municipality.  The resolution shall also be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 19104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1120101.  Review of wards after each federal census.

A.  As soon as practicable following each federal census, the municipal governing body shall review the wards and ward boundaries of the municipality.  The governing body shall change the boundaries or number of wards, if necessary, in the manner provided by this article, so that the wards are formed of compact and contiguous territory and are substantially equal in population.

B.  The municipal governing body, to the extent practicable, shall not subdivide precincts established by a county election board in establishing ward or council boundaries.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 20101, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1993, c. 316, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.


§1120102.  Procedure for proposing ward changes.

A change in the name, boundaries, or number of wards in a municipality may be proposed at any time by:

1.  a resolution of the municipal governing body; or

2.  an initiative petition filed with the governing body of the municipality.

Any change in the number or boundaries of wards shall be made with due regard to the equitable apportionment of the population and the convenience and contiguity of the wards.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 35, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1120103.  Changes proposed by governing body  Notice.

The governing body shall give at least thirty (30) days' notice of the proposal by the governing body to change the name, boundaries, or number of wards. The notice shall be published at least once.  After the thirtyday notice period, the governing body may make the proposed changes by ordinance which shall be approved by a twothirds (2/3) vote of its members.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 36, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§11-20-104.  Change adopted by initiative petition.

Within thirty (30) days after an election adopting the question in the initiative petition requesting a change in the name, boundaries or number of wards, the municipal governing body by ordinance shall make the requested changes.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 20-104, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2001, c. 296, § 1, eff. July 1, 2001.


§1120105.  Effect of change.

Unless otherwise provided for by the governing body, the effective date of a change in the name, boundaries, or number of wards shall be the effective date of the ordinance making such change.  Election of councilmembers or trustees for wards which have no representation due to such change shall take place at the time established by the governing body of the municipality but not later than the next regular municipal election.  The terms of office of such new councilmembers or trustees shall be as provided for by the law applicable to the form of municipal government.  A change in the boundaries or number of wards shall not disqualify a councilmember or trustee from completing the term for which he was elected.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 37, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1120106.  Record of change.

The governing body shall provide for the recording and filing of changes made in the name, boundaries or number of municipal wards.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 20106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1121101.  Authority to change municipal limits.

The municipal governing body by ordinance may add to the municipality territory adjacent or contiguous to its corporate limits and increase or diminish the corporate limits as the governing body deems desirable for the benefit of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1121102.  Annexation of territory separated by railway, intervening strip or highway right-of-way.

Where any territory to be annexed is separated from the corporate limits of the municipality only by a railway rightofway, an intervening strip less than four (4) rods wide, or a highway right-of-way, the territory shall be considered adjacent or contiguous to the municipality.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21102, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1999, c. 220, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


§11-21-103.  Cities - Annexation procedure.

A.  Before the governing body of a city may annex any territory adjacent or contiguous to the city, it must obtain the written consent of the owners of at least a majority of the acres to be annexed to the municipality and provide for notice and a public hearing on the proposed annexation of the territory in the manner provided in subsection B of this section; except that no such consent is needed where:

1.  The territory to be annexed is subdivided into tracts or parcels of less than five (5) acres and contains more than one residence; or

2.  Three sides of the territory to be annexed are adjacent or contiguous to the property already within the municipal limits if:

a. the adjacent property on each side constitutes an area in width greater than three hundred (300) feet at its narrowest point excluding a roadway or right-of-way that is adjacent or contiguous to the territory,

b. the municipal governing body makes findings that the annexation furthers municipal purposes relating to airports, spaceports and military installations and such findings are included in the public hearing provided for in subsection D of this section, or

c. prior to the effective date of this act, the municipality has directed that notice be published in accordance with subsection B of this section.

B.  The governing body shall provide the notice and public hearing required in subsection A of this section in the following manner:

1.  The governing body of the municipality shall direct that notice of the proposed annexation of the territory be published in a legally qualified newspaper of general circulation in the territory and shall describe the boundaries of the territory proposed to be annexed by reference to a map, geographical locations, legal or physical description or other reasonable designation.  The notice shall state the date, time, and place the governing body shall conduct a public hearing on the question of annexing the territory.  The notice shall be published in a legal newspaper of general circulation in the territory sought to be annexed within fourteen (14) days following the date the governing body directed the notice to be published;

2.  A copy of the notice of annexation shall be mailed by first-class mail to all owners of property to be annexed as shown by the current year's ownership rolls in the office of the county treasurer and to all owners of property abutting any public right-of-way that forms the boundary of the territory proposed to be annexed; provided that the notice of annexation shall be mailed by certified mail to every person who owns a parcel of land of five (5) acres or more used for agricultural purposes; and

3.  The public hearing of such annexation shall be held no earlier than fourteen (14) days nor more than thirty (30) days following the publication and mailing of the notice.

C.  Unless otherwise provided by law, a roadway or road right-of-way that is adjacent or contiguous to the territory to be annexed shall be considered a part and parcel to the territory to be annexed.

D.  Before any territory is annexed to a municipality, without the written consent of the owners of at least a majority of the acres to be annexed to the municipality in accordance with subsection A of this section, the governing body of the municipality shall direct that notice of the proposed annexation of the territory be published in a legally qualified newspaper of general circulation in the territory and shall hold a public hearing on the proposed annexation.  Prior to the publication of notice, the municipality shall prepare a plan to extend municipal services including, but not limited to, water, sewer, fire protection, law enforcement and the cost of such services appropriate to the proposed annexed territory.  The plan shall provide that the municipality complete the implementation of the plan in accordance with any existing capital improvement plan applicable to the portion of the municipality adjacent to the territory proposed to be annexed.  If no such capital improvement plan has been adopted, the municipality shall complete the service plan within one hundred twenty (120) months from the date of annexation unless a different time is determined by consensus between property owners and the municipality at the hearing.  The time for completion of the service plan shall be set forth in the ordinance annexing the territory.  If municipality services are not substantially complete within the prescribed time, then the territory shall be detached by the governing body as provided in Section 21-110 of this title.  For purposes of this subsection, services may be provided by any method or means available to the municipality to extend municipal services to any other area of the city.  Such notice, hearing and plan shall be subject to the following provisions:

1.  The notice shall describe the boundaries of the territory proposed to be annexed by reference to a map, geographical locations, legal or physical description or other reasonable designation and shall state that the proposed service plan is available for inspection at a specified location.  The notice shall state the date, time, and place when the governing body shall conduct a public hearing on the question of annexing the territory.  The notice shall be published in a legal newspaper of general circulation in the territory sought to be annexed within fourteen (14) days following the date the governing body directed the notice to be published.  A copy of the notice of annexation shall be mailed by firstclass mail to all owners of property to be annexed as shown by the current year's ownership rolls in the office of the county treasurer and to the Department of Transportation for purposes of clarifying any road maintenance responsibilities; provided that the notice of annexation shall be mailed by certified mail to every person who owns parcel of land of five (5) acres or more used for agricultural purposes and to the board of county commissioners of the respective county where the proposed annexation is located.  If the territory to be annexed encroaches upon any adjacent county, a copy of the notice of annexation shall be mailed by first-class mail to the board of county commissioners of the adjacent county and of the county where the proposed annexation is located;

2.  The public hearing of such annexation shall be held no earlier than fourteen (14) days nor more than thirty (30) days following the publication and mailing of the notice; and

3.  The proposed service plan shall be available for inspection and be explained to the property owners of the territory to be annexed at the public hearing.  The plan may be amended through negotiation at the hearing.  The final service plan shall be incorporated into and made part of the ordinance annexing the territory.

E.  As used in this section:

1.  "Airport" means any facility owned by any legal entity or by a county, a municipality or a public trust having at least one county or municipality as its beneficiary which is used primarily for the purpose of providing air transportation of persons or goods or both by aircraft powered through the use of propellers, turboprops, jets or similar propulsion systems;

2.  "Military installation" means those facilities constituting the active or formerly active bases owned by the Department of Defense or other applicable entity of the United States government or by any entity of local government after transfer of title to such installation; and

3.  "Spaceport" means any area as defined pursuant to Section 5202 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

F.  Except for ordinances enacted pursuant to Section 43-101.1 of this title, parcels of land five (5) acres or more used for agricultural purposes annexed into the municipal limits on or after July 1, 2003, shall be exempt from ordinances restricting land use and building construction to the extent such land use or construction is related to agricultural purposes.  Where there is no residence within fifty (50) feet of the boundaries of such a parcel of land, the property shall not be subject to ordinances regulating conduct that would not be an offense under state law; provided, that any such property that discharges into the municipal water, wastewater, or sewer system shall be subject to any ordinances or regulations related to compliance with environmental standards for that system.

G.  Parcels of land situated within an area that is or may be subject to any form of land use or other regulatory control as a result of proximity to an airport, spaceport or military installation shall not be exempt from municipal ordinances or other laws regulating property for the purpose of operations necessary for the use of an airport, spaceport or military installation and such parcels of land shall be subject to all ordinances enacted pursuant to Section 43-101.1 of this title.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21-103, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1979, c. 44, § 5, emerg. eff. April 9, 1979; Laws 1990, c. 197, § 1, emerg. eff. May 10, 1990; Laws 2003, c. 236, § 1, eff. July 1, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 79, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004; Laws 2004, c. 528, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 1, § 2, emerg. eff. March 15, 2005.


NOTE:  Laws 2004, c. 514, § 2 repealed by Laws 2005, c. 1, § 3, emerg. eff. March 15, 2005.


§11-21-104.  Towns - Annexation by governing body action - Notice and hearing - Exempted land.

A.  The town board of trustees by ordinance may annex lots which are adjacent or contiguous to the town if the lots have been platted and recorded in the office of the county clerk.  The governing body shall provide notice and a public hearing in the following manner:

1.  The governing body of the municipality shall direct that notice of the proposed annexation of the territory be published in a legally qualified newspaper of general circulation in the territory and shall describe the boundaries of the territory proposed to be annexed by reference to a map, geographical locations, legal or physical description or other reasonable designation.  The notice shall state the date, time, and place the governing body shall conduct a public hearing on the question of annexing the territory.  The notice shall be published in a legal newspaper of general circulation in the territory sought to be annexed within fourteen (14) days following the date the governing body directed the notice to be published;

2.  A copy of the notice of annexation shall be mailed by first-class mail to all owners of property to be annexed as shown by the current year's ownership rolls in the office of the county treasurer and to all owners of property abutting any public right-of-way that forms the boundary of the territory proposed to be annexed; provided that the notice of annexation shall be mailed by certified mail to every person who owns a parcel of land of five (5) acres or more used for agricultural purposes; and

3.  The public hearing of such annexation shall be held no earlier than fourteen (14) days nor more than thirty (30) days following the publication and mailing of the notice.

B.  When the town board of trustees desires to annex any territory adjacent to the town which has not been platted and recorded, the town board of trustees shall direct that notice of the proposed annexation of the territory be published in a legal newspaper of general circulation in the territory and shall hold a public hearing on the proposed annexation.  Unless otherwise provided by law, a roadway or road right-of-way that is adjacent or contiguous to the territory to be annexed shall be considered a part and parcel to the territory to be annexed.  Prior to the publication of notice, the town board of trustees shall prepare a plan to extend appropriate town services, including, but not limited to, water, sewer, fire protection, law enforcement and the cost of such services to the proposed annexed territory.  The plan shall provide that the town board of trustees shall complete the implementation of the plan in accordance with any existing capital improvement plan applicable to the portion of the town adjacent to the territory proposed to be annexed.  If no such capital improvement plan has been adopted, the town shall complete the service plan within one hundred twenty (120) months from the date of annexation unless a different time is determined by consensus between property owners and the town at the hearing.  The time for completion of the service plan shall be set forth in the ordinance annexing the territory.  If the town services are not substantially complete within the prescribed time, then the territory shall be detached by the governing body as provided in Section 21-110 of this title.  For purposes of this subsection, services may be provided by any method or means available to the town that have been used to extend such services to any other area of the town.  Such notice, hearing, and plan shall be subject to the following provisions:

1.  The notice shall describe the boundaries of the territory proposed to be annexed by reference to a map, geographical location, legal or physical description, or other reasonable designation and shall state that the proposed service plan is available for inspection at a specified location.  The notice shall state the date, time, and place the town board of trustees shall conduct a public hearing on the question of annexing the territory.  The notice shall be published in a legal newspaper of general circulation in the territory sought to be annexed within fourteen (14) days following the date the town board of trustees directed the notice to be published.  A copy of the notice of annexation shall be mailed by first-class mail to all owners of property to be annexed as shown by the current year's ownership rolls in the office of the county treasurer and to the Department of Transportation for purposes of changing any road maintenance responsibility; provided that the notice of annexation shall be mailed by certified mail to every person who owns parcels of land of five (5) acres or more used for agricultural purposes and to the board of county commissioners of the respective county where the proposed annexation is located.  If the territory to be annexed encroaches upon any adjacent county, a copy of the notice of annexation shall be mailed by first-class mail to the board of county commissioners of the adjacent county and of the county where the proposed annexation is located;

2.  The public hearing of such annexation shall be held no earlier than fourteen (14) days nor later than thirty (30) days following the publication and mailing of the notice; and

3.  At the public hearing, the proposed service plan shall be available for inspection and be explained to the property owners of the territory to be annexed.  The plan may be amended through negotiation at the hearing.  The final service plan shall be incorporated into and made part of the ordinance annexing the territory.

C.  A town board of trustees shall not annex any territory which has an assessed valuation greater than the assessed valuation of the town without the written consent of the owner or owners of at least a majority of the acres to be annexed to the town.

D.  As used in subsection F of this section:

1.  "Airport" means any facility owned by any legal entity or by a county, a municipality or a public trust having at least one county or municipality as its beneficiary which is used primarily for the purpose of providing air transportation of persons or goods or both by aircraft powered through the use of propellers, turboprops, jets or similar propulsion systems;

2.  "Military installation" means those facilities constituting the active or formerly active bases owned by the Department of Defense or other applicable entity of the United States government or by any entity of local government after transfer of title to such installation; and

3.  "Spaceport" means any area as defined pursuant to Section 5202 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

E.  Except for ordinances enacted pursuant to Section 43-101.1 of this title, parcels of land five (5) acres or more used for agricultural purposes annexed into the municipal limits on or after the effective date of this act shall be exempt from ordinances restricting land use and building construction to the extent such land use or construction is related to agricultural purposes.  Where there is no residence within fifty (50) feet of the boundaries of such a parcel of land, the property shall not be subject to ordinances regulating conduct that would not be an offense under state law; provided that any such property that discharges into the municipal water, wastewater, or sewer system shall be subject to any ordinances or regulations related to compliance with environmental standards for that system.

F.  Parcels of land situated within an area that is or may be subject to any form of land use or other regulatory control as a result of proximity to an airport, spaceport or military installation shall not be exempt from municipal ordinances or other laws regulating property for the purpose of operations necessary for the use of an airport, spaceport or military installation and such parcels of land shall be subject to all ordinances enacted pursuant to Section 43-101.1 of this title.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21-104, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1998, c. 331 § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2004, c. 17, § 1, eff. July 1, 2004; Laws 2004, c. 528, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 1, § 4, emerg. eff. March 15, 2005.

NOTE:  Laws 2004, c. 79, § 2 repealed by Laws 2004, c. 528, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.  Laws 2004, c. 514, § 3 repealed by Laws 2005, c. 1, § 5, emerg. eff. March 15, 2005.


§1121105.  Annexation by petition  Notice  Cost  Governing body ordinance.

At least threefourths of the registered voters and the owners of at least threefourths (in value) of the property in any territory adjacent or contiguous to the municipality may request annexation by signing and filing a petition with the governing body of the municipality.  The petitioners must give notice of the presentation of the petition by publication at least once each week for two (2) successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality where the petition has been presented. The municipality may pay the cost of the annexation proceedings.  After the notice of the petition has been given, the governing body by ordinance may annex the territory to the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21105, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1980, c. 128, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1980.  

§1121106.  Failure to grant request in annexation petition  Filing in district court.

If the governing body fails to grant the request contained in a petition for annexation within thirty (30) days after the last publication of the notice, or refuses to grant the request, the petitioners may file their petition with the clerk of the district court in the county in which the situs of the municipal government is located.  Notice of the filing shall be served upon the mayor together with a notice of the time and place that the district court will hear the petition.  The notice must be given at least ten (10) days before the date of the hearing.  The hearing on the petition may be held at a regular or special term of the district court or by the court in vacation.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1121108.  Lands platted for educational or charitable institutions  Annexation only by petition.

When any lands adjacent to the corporate limits of any municipality have been surveyed and platted into lots and blocks for the purpose of being sold in whole or in part to establish, build or maintain any religious, fraternal, or benevolent school, college, home or other educational or charitiable institution, these lands may not be annexed to the municipality without a petition requesting annexation first being signed and filed by at least a majority of the resident owners of the lands to be annexed.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-21-109.  Taxation of annexed territory.

A.  Tracts of land in excess of forty (40) acres which are annexed to a municipality and used for industrial or commercial purposes shall not be subject to municipal taxes.  Tracts of annexed land in excess of five (5) acres which are used by persons engaged in farming or ranching, and all farm animals and livestock, and all agricultural implements and machinery and household goods located on the land, shall not be subject to municipal taxes unless the municipality furnishes services to these tracts as are ordinarily furnished to municipal residents.  No land which is used for agricultural purposes may be taken within the limits of a town and taxed at a greater rate than land which is adjacent to but outside the town limits.

B.  On any annexation after July 1, 1998, the revenue and taxation ordinances of any municipality and the licensing and regulatory authority of any municipality shall not apply or extend to any military installation located on federal property which has been annexed in part or in whole by a municipality.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21-109, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by  Laws 1998, c. 119, § 1, eff. July 1, 1998.


§1121110.  Detachment of municipal territory  Procedure.

A.  Territory may be detached from the corporate limits of a municipality by the governing body when:

1.  An ordinance of the governing body so directs; or

2.  A petition requesting detachment, signed by at least threefourths (3/4) of the registered voters and by the owners of at least threefourths (3/4), in value, of the property to be detached, is filed with the governing body.

Only land which is within the limits of the municipality and upon its border and not laid out in lots and blocks, or land which had been annexed to a municipality, may be detached by petition.

B.  Petitioners for detachment of municipal territory shall comply with the following procedures:

1.  A true and complete unsigned copy of the petition requesting detachment shall be filed with the clerk of the municipality before it is circulated and signed by at least three-fourths (3/4) of the registered voters and by the owners of at least three-fourths (3/4), in value, of the property to be detached, as required by subsection A of this section;

2.  Signed copies of the petition requesting detachment shall be filed with the clerk of the municipality within ninety (90) days after the initial filing of the unsigned copy with the clerk; and

3.  Notice of the filing of the signed petition requesting detachment with the clerk of the municipality shall be given in the same manner provided for petitions requesting annexation.

Failure to comply with the notice requirement or the other procedures set forth in this subsection shall render the petition for detachment insufficient and no action thereon shall be required by the clerk or governing body of the municipality.

C.  When signed copies of the petition requesting detachment are timely filed with the clerk of the municipality, the clerk shall determine the sufficiency of the signatures appearing on the petition.  The clerk shall then publish, in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, a notice of the filing and the apparent sufficiency or insufficiency of the petition.  Within ten (10) days following the publication, the governing body of the municipality shall hold a public hearing on the petition requesting detachment and take such action thereon as the governing body deems appropriate, which may include approval, denial, or deferral.

D.  Appeal to the district court concerning any action by the clerk or governing body of the municipality on a petition requesting detachment shall be in the same manner provided for petitions requesting annexation.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21110, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1999, c. 343, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


§1121111.  Liability of detached territory.

Any lands detached from a municipality and the owners thereof shall be liable to the municipality only for the cost of public improvements which may have been constructed on the detached lands at the expense of the municipality.  The municipality shall have no claim upon nor collect any tax from the detached territory for any public debt or the cost of any public improvements which have not been expended directly upon the detached lands.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21111, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-21-112.  Record regarding territory annexed or detached.

When any territory is annexed to or detached from a municipality, whether by ordinance or court order, the mayor shall file and record a duly certified copy of the ordinance or court order, together with an accurate map or plat of the territory, in the office of the county clerk of the county in which the territory, or the greater portion of it, is located and with the Ad Valorem Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission.  The record in the office of the county clerk shall be conclusive evidence of such annexation or detachment.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21-112, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2000, c. 314, § 1, eff. July 1, 2000.


§11-21-113.  Annexation of unoccupied property for road and bridge construction.

Upon proper notification, a municipality may annex any unoccupied property of an owner who is not a resident of this state which is adjacent or contiguous to property already within the municipal limits for the sole purpose of constructing roads and/or bridges which are provided for in the comprehensive plan of the municipality, if such owner does not object to the annexation within thirty (30) days of the publication and mailing of such notice.  For purposes of this subsection, notice shall be given by posting a copy of the notice on the subject property, by publication in a legally qualified newspaper of general circulation in the area in which the property to be annexed is located and by certified mail to the owner of such property as shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office.

Added by Laws 1990, c. 215, § 4, emerg. eff. May 18, 1990.


§11-21-114.  Petition to annex unincorporated territory enclosed by boundaries of other municipality - District court action.

A.  The majority of the owners of a subdivision or property owners located in unincorporated territory which is enclosed by the boundaries of a municipality may petition for annexation in writing to another municipality if:

1.  The width of the boundary is less than twenty (20) feet; and

2.  The property is contiguous to the other municipality except for the boundary.

B.  The governing body of the other municipality may grant the petition after notifying the enclosing municipality in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to adoption of the annexation ordinance.  The boundary of the enclosing municipality shall recede to the extent of the annexation.  The enclosing municipality at any time may reestablish its boundary within unincorporated territory enclosed by it on or after July 1, 2001.  The enclosing municipality may bring an action in district court to invalidate the annexation.  If the district court finds that the conditions for annexation exist and that the enclosing municipality has not demonstrated a substantial governmental interest in the use of the property, it shall uphold the annexation.

Added by Laws 1991, c. 57, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.  Amended by Laws 2001, c. 150, § 1, eff. July 1, 2001.


§11-21-115.  Inclusion of territory in public records or notices - Presumption of validity.

In the event any territory has been included within public records or public notices describing the corporate boundaries of a municipality for purposes of an election or ad valorem tax assessment of the municipality for five (5) consecutive years, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the territory is situated within the municipality.  The public records and public notices shall be evidence of the jurisdiction of the municipality over the territory in all suits by or against the municipality.

Added by Laws 1999, c. 220, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


§11-21-121.  Furnishing retail electric service to certain electric consuming facilities prohibited.

Except as provided in this section, municipal corporations or public trusts thereof, the Grand River Dam Authority, rural electric cooperatives or investor-owned electric utilities shall not furnish retail electric service to an electric consuming facility which is currently being served, or which was being served and the electric facilities are in place to render such a service, by a municipal corporation or public trust thereof, the Grand River Dam Authority, a rural electric cooperative or an investor-owned electric utility unless the entities involved have agreed by mutual consent, in writing, to such transaction.  For purposes of this section, the term "electric consuming facility" means everything that utilizes electric energy from a central station source.

Added by Laws 1989, c. 26, § 1, emerg. eff. March 30, 1989.  Amended by Laws 1992, c. 245, § 1, emerg. eff. May 21, 1992; Laws 1998, c. 391, § 1, emerg. eff. June 10, 1998.


§1121201.  Municipalities subject to inundation  Acquiring new townsite.

When fifty percent (50%) or more of the area of a municipality shall be liable to inundation by the construction of a lake, reservoir or other body of water, and the municipal governing body determines that it is impracticable to annex adjacent or contiguous terrritory which is necessary for the municipality, the governing body may acquire a new site for the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21201, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1121202.  Approval of plat  Special election.

The owners of a tract of land located not more than ten (10) miles from the nearest limits of the municipality, or located at any greater distance which is reasonable under the circumstances in order to secure the most desirable site, may present to the governing body a plat of the tract of land prepared in the same manner as a plat for a proposed municipal incorporation.  The governing body shall examine the plat and may require amendments and changes as it deems expedient.  If the governing body finds that the area contained in the plat is a suitable and desirable site for the municipality, it shall call for a special election on the question of whether the territory comprised within the plat shall be annexed to the municipality and serve as the new site for the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21202, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1121203.  Approval of annexation  Recording of resolution and plat.

If a majority of the votes cast in the election are in favor of annexation of the territory and relocation of the municipality, the governing body shall so declare by resolution, and a copy of the resolution and the plat shall be filed for record in the office of the county clerk and the office of the Secretary of State.  If part or all of the territory comprised within the new site is located in a county other than that in which the municipality is located, the resolution and plat shall be recorded in each county.  Upon the date of the filing of the resolution and the plat, the territory shall be annexed to and be the site of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21203, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1121204.  New boundaries of the municipality.

All portions of land within the original boundaries of the municipality shall continue to be within its limits and subject to its governmental authority.  The governing body may, in the interest of the public or the owners of such land, detach any territory embraced within its original limits in the manner provided by law for the detachment of municipal territory.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21204, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1121205.  Additional powers of governing body in relocating municipality.

In relocating a municipality subject to inundation, the governing body may also:

1.  Provide by ordinance for the acquisition of a new site through the exercise of the right of condemnation in the manner provided by law for municipalities, or by negotiated purchases or in any other lawful manner;

2.  Provide for the reimbursement of owners of the annexed property through the issuance of bonds in the manner provided by law for cities and towns, and hold any necessary bond election together with the special election on the question of annexation and relocation, or through the encumbrance of the acquired property or in any other lawful manner;

3.  Provide for the administration of the annexed property, including, but not limited to, the authority to zone and other similar and usual powers for regulating use and development of realty and the power to provide for and regulate the sale of lots and excess property, if any, and to enact ordinances as will facilitate the orderly and equitable relocation of the municipality; and

4.  Act in concert with, or deal with, any private person, agency, nonprofit corporation, governmental body or agency or other appropriate entity in the accomplishment of these ends.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 21205, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-21-222.  Condemnation proceedings relating to rural electric cooperatives or electric public utilities - Moratorium - Implementation of retail consumer choice contingency.

There is hereby declared a moratorium on all municipal condemnation proceedings instituted pursuant to Section 437.2 of Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes, initiated prior to the enactment of electric restructuring enabling legislation and the implementation of consumer choice of retail electric energy suppliers.  The moratorium shall also apply to all municipalities or public trusts thereof which attempt to condemn the facilities of electric public utilities or rural electric cooperatives for the purpose of utilizing such facilities for the delivery of electric power and energy.  The moratorium shall remain in effect until the enactment of electric restructuring enabling legislation and implementation of consumer choice of retail electric energy suppliers.  Upon such enactment of electric restructuring enabling legislation and implementation of consumer choice of retail electric energy suppliers, the municipal condemnation provisions authorizing municipalities with electric utilities to condemn the facilities of rural electric cooperatives contained in Section 437.2 of Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes is hereby repealed.  The moratorium provided for herein shall have prospective and retroactive application.

Added by Laws 1998, c. 391, § 2, emerg. eff. June 10, 1998.  Amended by Laws 2001, c. 397, § 1, emerg. eff. June 4, 2001.


§1122101.  Corporate powers of municipalities.

All incorporated municipalities shall be bodies corporate and politic, and shall have the powers to:

1.  Sue and be sued;

2.  Purchase and hold real and personal property for the use of the municipality;

3.  Sell and convey any real or personal property owned by the municipality and make orders respecting the same as may be conducive to the best interests of the municipality;

4.  Make all contracts and do all other acts in relation to the property and affairs of the municipality, necessary to the good government of the municipality, and to the exercise of its corporate and administrative powers; and

5.  Exercise such other powers as are or may be conferred by law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1122101.1.   Political activities by municipal employees  Restrictions.

Municipal employees may attend and express their views at city council meetings, or any other public meetings of municipal entities.

Any municipal employee may actively participate in partisan and nonpartisan political activities.  Provided, the political activity in which the employee participates shall be exercised only during offduty hours and while not in uniform.  Any federal statutes restricting the political activities of certain municipal employees shall supersede the provisions of thissection as to such employees. Municipal corporations may establish employment requirements requiring municipal employees to refrain from filing as a candidate for public office while employed by said municipality.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 276, § 1, emerg. eff. June 24, 1983.  

§1122101.2.  Employer coercion prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for the governing body or officer of any municipal corporation in this state to directly or indirectly coerce or attempt to coerce any municipal employee to participate or refrain from participation in municipal political activities or public meetings.

Laws 1981, c. 311, § 2.  

§1122101.3.  Violations.

Any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

Laws 1981, c. 311, § 3.  

§1122102.  Proof of legal organization or ordinances  Recovery of costs and attorney fees.

A.  If a suit is instituted by a municipality, the municipality shall not be required to post bond or to show its compliance with any of the provisions of law as to its organization or publication of ordinances unless the same is controverted by affidavit.

B.  A municipality shall be entitled to recover its costs and attorneys fees on the same terms and in the same manner as any other party.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 38, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1122103.  Service of notice or process on municipality.

Any notice or process affecting a municipality shall be served upon the municipal clerk, or in his or her absence then upon a deputy municipal clerk or upon the mayor.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 39, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§11-22-104.  Right to engage in business - Public utilities and improvements - Eminent domain - Issuance of bonds - Lease of public utility.

Every municipality shall have the right to:

1.  Engage in any business or enterprise which may be engaged in by a person, firm, or corporation by virtue of a franchise from the municipality and to do all things necessary and proper in the discretion of the governing body of the municipality pursuant to the authority granted to it by the Constitution and laws of this state to maintain said business or enterprise for the benefit of the municipality;

2.  Acquire, own, and maintain, within or without its corporate limits, real estate for sites and rights-of-way for any municipal purpose including but not limited to public utility and public park purposes, and for the location thereon of waterworks, electric light and gas plants and other facilities for generating or distributing energy, ports, airports, hospitals, quarantine stations, garbage reduction plants, pipelines for the transmission and transportation of gas, water, stormwater, and sewerage, and for any plant for the manufacture of any material for public improvement purposes and public buildings;

3.  Exercise the right of eminent domain for any municipal purpose, within or without its corporate limits, and to establish, lay, and operate any plant or pipeline upon any land or right-of-way taken pursuant to eminent domain.  Any business or profession which is affected by the right of eminent domain as exercised pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be considered as a property right of the owner thereof and proper allowance therefor shall be made;

4.  Exercise the right to manufacture any material for public improvement purposes, and to barter or exchange the same for other material to be used in public improvements in the municipality, or to sell the same;

5.  Issue and sell bonds subject to and by virtue of the provisions of the Constitution of this state and in the manner and form provided by law in order to raise the monies to establish and maintain public utilities, parks, and improvements;

6.  Sell or lease to any consumer or corporation, within or without its boundaries, the commodities and services supplied by such municipally owned or controlled public utility, business enterprise, or improvement and to enter into such short- or long-term contracts, agreements, and stipulations and do all things necessary and proper to further the capability of the municipality pursuant to the authority granted to it by the Oklahoma Statutes and the Constitution of this state to provide said commodities and services as may be deemed appropriate by the governing body of the municipality;

7.  Lease at a stipulated rental rate any public improvement or utility from any person, firm, or corporation which will contract to furnish the same.  Any such rental contract shall reserve for the municipality the option to purchase the improvement or utility in the future; and

8.  Exercise powers necessary to carry out the purpose of the Local Development Act as set forth in Section 854 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-104, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 40, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1987, c. 23, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1998, c. 63, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.


§1122105.  Condemnation of private property.

Private property may be taken for public use, or for the purpose of giving a rightofway or other privilege for any necessary purpose, in the manner provided by law; but in every case the municipality shall make adequate compensation to the person or persons whose property shall be taken or injured thereby as provided by law.

§11-22-105.1.  Displacing private company providing solid waste collection service - Notice and hearing - Acquisition by purchase, donation, or condemnation - Judicial review of report of commissioners.

A.  Pursuant to Section 2-10-102 of Title 27A of the Oklahoma Statutes, it is the policy of this state to regulate the management of solid waste in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare.  For this purpose and for purposes of this section, the collection of solid waste shall be a matter of statewide interest.

B.  No municipality shall displace or pass an ordinance to displace a private company providing solid waste collection service without first:

1.  Holding at least one public hearing seeking comment on the advisability of the municipality providing such service;

2.  Providing at least forty-five (45) days written notice of the hearing, delivered by first-class mail to all private solid waste collection companies which provide service in the municipality; and

3.  Providing public notice of the hearing.

Following the final public hearing held pursuant to this section, but in no event longer than one (1) year after the date of the hearing, if the municipality elects to provide such solid waste collection services and displace the private solid waste collection company, the municipality shall purchase by condemnation the private solid waste collection services as set forth in this section.

C.  A municipality shall have the authority to acquire by purchase, donation, or condemnation such interests in any private company providing solid waste collection services operating within the limits of the municipality.  The municipality shall give the owner of the displaced private solid waste collection company the opportunity to sell the displaced private solid waste collection services to the municipality at an agreed upon or negotiated price or the municipality may acquire the business by condemnation as provided in this section.

D.  If the municipality seeks to condemn the displaced private solid waste collection services, the district judge of the county in which the displaced services are located, upon petition of either party, shall direct the sheriff of the county to summon three disinterested freeholders, to be selected by the judge as commissioners, and who shall not have a conflict of interest.  The commissioners shall be sworn to perform their duties impartially and justly.  The commissioners shall inspect the company and the displaced services and consider the injury which the owner may sustain by reason of the condemnation, and they shall assess the just compensation to which the owner is entitled.  The commissioners shall make a report in writing to the clerk of the court, setting forth the quantity, boundaries, and just compensation for the property or services taken, and amount of injury done to the business, either directly or indirectly, which they assess to the owner.  The report shall be filed and recorded by the clerk.

E.  Immediately upon payment to the clerk of the court of the sum assessed by the commissioners, the municipality shall be authorized to collect solid waste in the area serviced by the owner of the business.  If the owner refuses to cease collection of solid waste pursuant to this section, the court shall issue an order, upon proof, enjoining the owner from collecting solid waste in the areas subject to such condemnation.

F.  The report of the commissioners may be reviewed by the district court, on written exceptions filed by either party in the clerk's office within thirty (30) days after the filing of the report.  The court, after a hearing, shall make such order as right and justice may require, either by confirmation, rejection, or by ordering a new appraisement on good cause shown.  In the event a new appraisement is ordered, the municipality shall have the continuing right of possession obtained under the first appraisal, unless and until its right to condemn has finally been determined otherwise.  Either party may, within sixty (60) days after the filing of such report, file with the clerk a written demand for a trial by jury, in which case the amount of damages shall be assessed by a jury, and the trial shall be conducted and judgment entered in the same manner as civil actions in the district court.  If the party demanding the trial does not recover a verdict more favorable to such party than the assessment of the commissioners, all costs in the district court shall be taxed against such party.  If, after the filing of exceptions to the report of commissioners as provided in this section, the municipality shall fail to establish its right to condemn such business, the owner shall be restored to possession of the business, or part thereof, and the municipality shall pay the owner for any damages sustained through the occupation by the municipality.  If such damages cannot be determined by amicable settlement, the damages shall be determined by jury trial in the same proceedings.

G.  Either party aggrieved may appeal to the Supreme Court from the decision of the district court on exceptions to the report of commissioners, or jury trial.  The review or appeal shall not delay the work of the municipality in question if the award of commissioners, or jury, as the case may be, has been deposited with the clerk for such owner.  In no case shall the municipality be liable for the costs on the review or appeal unless the owner of the business shall be adjudged entitled, upon either review or appeal, to a greater amount of damages than was awarded by the commissioners.  The municipality shall in all cases pay the cost of the commissioners' fees and expenses, for their services, as determined and ordered paid by the judge of the district court in which such case is pending.  However, poundage fees and condemnation fees shall only be paid by the municipality in the event of appeal resulting in a jury verdict in excess of the commissioners' award.  Under no circumstances shall any poundage fees or condemnation fees be assessed against the recipient of the award.  In case of review or appeal, a certified copy of the final order or judgment shall be transmitted by the clerk of the court to the county clerk and be filed.

H.  As used in this section:

1.  "Displace" or "displacement" means a municipality's provision of a service which prohibits a private company from providing the same service and which the company is providing at the time the decision to displace is made.  Displace or displacement does not mean:

a. competition between the municipality and private companies for individual contracts,

b. situations where a municipality, at the end of a contract with a private company, does not renew the contract and either awards the contract to another private company, or, decides to provide for such services itself,

c. situations where action is taken against the private company because the company has acted in a manner threatening to the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the municipality or resulting in a substantial public nuisance,

d. situations where action is taken against the private company because the company has materially breached its contract with the municipality, or

e. entering into a contract with a private company to provide solid waste collection so long as the contract is not entered into pursuant to an ordinance which displaces or authorizes the displacement of another private company providing solid waste collection;

2.  "Just compensation" means the value of the business taken, and in addition, any injury to any part of the business not taken.  Any special and direct benefits to the part of the business not taken may be offset only against any injury to the business not taken.  If only a part of the business is taken, just compensation shall be ascertained by determining the difference between the fair market value of the whole business immediately before the taking and the fair market value of that portion left remaining immediately after the taking; and

3.  "Solid waste" shall have the same meaning as provided in Section 2-10-103 of Title 27A of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Added by Laws 1998, c. 18, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.


§11-22-106.  License tax on occupations - Authority to levy and collect - Penalties.

A.  A municipal governing body may levy and collect a license tax on auctioneers, contractors, druggists, hawkers, peddlers, bankers, brokers, pawnbrokers, merchants of all kinds, grocers, confectioners, restaurants, butchers, taverns, public boarding houses, billiard tables, bowling alleys, and other amusement devices, drays, hacks, carriages, omnibuses, carts, wagons and other vehicles used in the municipality for pay, hay scales, lumber dealers, furniture dealers, saddle or harness dealers, stationers, jewelers, livery stable keepers, real estate agents, express companies or agencies, telegraph companies or agencies, shows, theatres, all kinds of exhibitions for pay, also photographers, photographers' agents, agents of all kinds and solicitors.  The taxes so levied and collected shall be applied for the use and benefit of the municipality as the governing body may direct.

B.  All scientific and literary lectures and entertainments shall be exempt from license taxation, and also all concerts and musical or other entertainments given exclusively by the citizens of the municipality.

C.  The governing body may establish penalties for any failure to observe the license provisions or to pay the tax provided for by ordinance.

D.  A municipal body which levies and collects a license tax on licensed plumbing, electrical and mechanical contractors pursuant to subsection A of this section, may only assess the tax on the licensed contractor and shall not levy or collect such tax on a licensed journeyman or apprentice.  The amount of tax assessed shall be determined by the municipalities based on the number of licensed journeymen or apprentices under the supervision of the licensed contractor.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-106, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2003, c. 318, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003.


§1122107.  Licenses and fees regulated by ordinance  Expiration  Issuance  Seal  Exchange of information for collecting of state and local taxes.

Municipal licenses and license fees shall be regulated by ordinance.  A municipality may establish such license requirements as it deems appropriate in the exercise of its police power and may provide that each applicant supply his state sales tax identification number or proof of exemption pursuant to the provisions of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Any license issued by the governing body shall expire no later than one (1) year after the date of its issuance or on June 30 of each year.  No license may be issued until the amount prescribed therefor is paid to the municipal treasurer.  No license in any case may be assigned or transferred.  Licenses shall be signed as provided for by ordinance.  The clerk shall affix the corporate seal of the municipality to the license.  A municipality and the Oklahoma Tax Commission may exchange information to further the collection or enforcement of state and local taxes.  The municipality and the officers and employees of the municipality shall preserve the confidentiality of such information in the same manner and be subject to the same penalties as provided for by Section 205 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes, provided that the municipal prosecutor and other municipal enforcement personnel may receive all information necessary to enforce municipal sales tax ordinances or licensing ordinances.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-107, eff. July 1, 1978; Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 41, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.


§1122107.1.  Cable television systems  Terms of overlapping certificates  Provisions inconsistent with state or federal law.

A.  A municipality may by ordinance or otherwise issue a certificate, license or permit, for the operation of a cable television system.  A municipality may establish such certificate, license or permit requirements as it deems appropriate in the exercise of its police power.  Any certificate, license or permit issued by the governing body shall be nonexclusive and shall not exceed a period of twentyfive (25) years and may be revocable by the governing body if said body determines that the holder of the certificate, license or permit has willfully failed or neglected to perform duties pursuant to the terms of the grant of the certificate, license or permit.  A certificate, license or permit may be assigned or transferred subject to approval of the governing body of the municipality.  Nothing herein shall limit the authority of a municipality to comply with state or federal law.

B.  No municipality shall grant any overlapping certificate, license, permit or franchise for cable television service within its jurisdiction on terms or conditions more favorable or less burdensome than those in any existing certificate, license, permit or franchise within such municipality.

C.  No municipal provisions regulating a cable television system may be adopted which are inconsistent with either state or federal law relating to cable television operations.

Added by Laws 1985, c. 65, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985. Amended by Laws 1988, c. 147, § 1, eff. Oct. 11, 1988.  

§11-22-107.2.  Sellers of cable television service - Assessment of late fee.

A.  Unless otherwise specifically prohibited by law, a seller of cable television service may assess a late fee on delinquent accounts having an unpaid balance of Twelve Dollars ($12.00) or more.

B.  The seller of cable television service shall conspicuously disclose, in the contract for service and on each statement or invoice, the terms on which a late fee may be assessed by the seller including the amount of the fee.

C.  No late fee shall be assessed which exceeds Six Dollars ($6.00) or five percent (5%) of the unpaid amount, whichever is greater.

D.  Prior to collecting a late fee, the seller shall give notice to the customer by first class mail to the customer's last known billing address as shown on the records of the seller of the amount of the delinquency at least ten (10) days prior to the date the fee will be imposed.  The notice shall conspicuously state the place and address for making payment, the date on which the late fee will be imposed, and the amount of the late fee.

Added by Laws 1998, c. 352, § 1, eff. July 1, 1998.


§1122108.  Power to suppress gaming and gambling.

The municipal governing body may enact ordinances to restrain, prohibit, and suppress games and gambling houses, bowling alleys, pool and billiard tables, and other gambling tables.  The powers granted to municipalities in this section shall not be construed to repeal any gambling law now on the statute books, but shall be cumulative only.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1122109.  Disorderly houses and public indecencies.

The municipal governing body may enact ordinances to restrain, prohibit, and suppress houses of prostitution and other disorderly houses and practices, and all kinds of public indecencies.  No municipal officer shall accept or receive any hush money, or any money or valuable things, from any person or persons engaged in any such business or practice, or grant any immunity or protection against a rigid enforcement of the laws and ordinances enacted to restrain, prohibit and suppress any such business or practice.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-22-109.1.  Location of adult novelty shops.

A.  As used in this act:

1.  "Adult novelty shop" means a commercial establishment that displays, sells, or offers for sale instruments, devices, or paraphernalia designed or marketed primarily for use to stimulate human genital organs or for use in connection with sadomasochistic practices; and

2.  "Sadomasochistic practices" means flagellation or torture by or upon a person clothed or naked, or the condition of being fettered, bound, or otherwise physically restrained on the part of one so clothed or naked.

B.  The location of an adult novelty shop shall be subject to the nondiscriminatory zoning ordinances of the town or city in which located, and the location of such entities is specifically prohibited within one thousand (1,000) feet of:

1.  Any building primarily and regularly used for worship services and religious activities;

2.  Any public or private school;

3.  Any public park or playground;

4.  Any public library; or

5.  Any land zoned or used for residential purposes.

Provided, that if any such building used for worship and religious activities, any public or private school, any public park or playground, any public library or any land zoned or used for residential purposes shall be established within one thousand (1,000) feet of any such premises after the premises have been established, this shall not be a bar to the continuation of the business so long as it has been in continuous force and effect.  The distance indicated in this subsection shall be measured from the nearest property line of such church or school to the nearest public entrance door of the premises of the adult novelty shop along the street right-of-way line providing the nearest direct route usually traveled by pedestrians between such points.  For purposes of determining measured distance, property situated on the opposite side of the street from such church or school shall be considered as if it were located on the same side of the street with such church or school.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 225, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§1122110.  Riots, assaults and disturbances  Firearms and fireworks.

The municipal governing body may regulate or prohibit riots, assaults, batteries, petty larceny, disturbances or disorderly assemblies, and immoral or indecent shows, exhibitions or concerts, in any street, house or place in the municipality; and may regulate, punish, and prevent the discharge of firearms, rockets, powder, fireworks, or other dangerously combustible material in the streets, lots, grounds, alleys or about, or in the vicinity of any buildings. The governing body may also regulate the carrying of firearms or other deadly weapons, concealed or otherwise, as provided for in Section 2 of this act.

Amended by Laws 1985, c. 28, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1985.  

§11-22-111.  Cleaning and mowing of property - Notice - Consent - Hearing - Right of entry - Costs - Lien - Ordinances - Summary abatement - Definitions.

A.  A municipal governing body may cause property within the municipal limits to be cleaned of trash and weeds or grass to be cut or mowed in accordance with the following procedure:

1.  At least ten (10) days' notice shall be given to the owner of the property by mail at the address shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office before the governing body holds a hearing or takes action.  The notice shall order the property owner to clean the property of trash, or to cut or mow the weeds or grass on the property, as appropriate, and the notice shall further state that unless such work is performed within ten (10) days of the date of the notice the work shall be done by the municipality and a notice of lien shall be filed with the county clerk against the property for the costs due and owing the municipality.  At the time of mailing of notice to the property owner, the municipality shall obtain a receipt of mailing from the postal service, which receipt shall indicate the date of mailing and the name and address of the mailee.  However, if the property owner cannot be located within ten (10) days from the date of mailing by the municipal governing body, notice may be given by posting a copy of the notice on the property or by publication, as defined in Section 1102 of this title, one time not less than ten (10) days prior to any hearing or action by the municipality.  If a municipal governing body anticipates summary abatement of a nuisance in accordance with the provisions of subsection B of this section, the notice, whether by mail, posting or publication, shall state: that any accumulations of trash or excessive weed or grass growth on the owner's property occurring within six (6) months from and after the date of this notice may be summarily abated by the municipal governing body; that the costs of such abatement shall be assessed against the owner; and that a lien may be imposed on the property to secure such payment, all without further prior notice to the property owner;

2.  The owner of the property may give written consent to the municipality authorizing the removal of the trash or the mowing of the weeds or grass.  By giving written consent, the owner waives the owner's right to a hearing by the municipality;

3.  A hearing may be held by the municipal governing body to determine whether the accumulation of trash or the growth of weeds or grass has caused the property to become detrimental to the health, benefit, and welfare of the public and the community or a hazard to traffic, or creates a fire hazard to the danger of property;

4.  Upon a finding that the condition of the property constitutes a detriment or hazard, and that the property would be benefited by the removal of such conditions, the agents of the municipality are granted the right of entry on the property for the removal of trash, mowing of weeds or grass, and performance of the necessary duties as a governmental function of the municipality.  Immediately following the cleaning or mowing of the property, the municipal clerk shall file a notice of lien with the county clerk describing the property and the work performed by the municipality, and stating that the municipality claims a lien on the property for the cleaning or mowing costs;

5.  The governing body shall determine the actual cost of such cleaning and mowing and any other expenses as may be necessary in connection therewith, including the cost of notice and mailing.  The municipal clerk shall forward by mail to the property owner specified in paragraph 1 of this subsection a statement of such actual cost and demanding payment.  If the cleaning and mowing are done by the municipality, the cost to the property owner for the cleaning and mowing shall not exceed the actual cost of the labor, maintenance, and equipment required.  If the cleaning and mowing are done on a private contract basis, the contract shall be awarded to the lowest and best bidder;

6.  If payment is not made within thirty (30) days from the date of the mailing of the statement, the municipal clerk shall forward a certified statement of the amount of the cost to the county treasurer of the county in which the property is located and the same shall be levied on the property and collected by the county treasurer as other taxes authorized by law.  Once certified by the county treasurer, payment may only be made to the county treasurer except as otherwise provided for in this section.  Until fully paid, the cost and the interest thereon shall be the personal obligation of the property owner from and after the date the cost is certified to the county treasurer.  In addition the cost and the interest thereon shall be a lien against the property from the date the cost is certified to the county treasurer, coequal with the lien of ad valorem taxes and all other taxes and special assessments and prior and superior to all other titles and liens against the property, and the lien shall continue until the cost shall be fully paid.  At the time of collection the county treasurer shall collect a fee of Five Dollars ($5.00) for each parcel of property.  The fee shall be deposited to the credit of the general fund of the county.  If the county treasurer and the municipality agree that the county treasurer is unable to collect the assessment, the municipality may pursue a civil remedy for collection of the amount owing and interest thereon by an action in personam against the property owner and an action in rem to foreclose its lien against the property.  A mineral interest, if severed from the surface interest and not owned by the surface owner, shall not be subject to any tax or judgment lien created pursuant to this section.  Upon receiving payment, if any, the municipal clerk shall forward to the county treasurer a notice of such payment and directing discharge of the lien; and

7.  The municipality may designate by ordinance an administrative officer or administrative body to carry out the duties of the governing body in subsection A of this section.  The property owner shall have a right of appeal to the municipal governing body from any order of the administrative officer or administrative body.  Such appeal shall be taken by filing written notice of appeal with the municipal clerk within ten (10) days after the administrative order is rendered.

B.  If a notice is given by a municipal governing body to a property owner ordering the property within the municipal limits to be cleaned of trash and weeds or grass to be cut or mowed in accordance with the procedures provided for in subsection A of this section, any subsequent accumulations of trash or excessive weed or grass growth on the property occurring within a sixmonth period may be declared to be a nuisance and may be summarily abated without further prior notice to the property owner.  At the time of each such summary abatement the municipality shall notify the property owner of the abatement and the costs thereof.  The notice shall state that the property owner may request a hearing within ten (10) days after the date of mailing the notice.  The notice and hearing shall be as provided for in subsection A of this section.  Unless otherwise determined at the hearing the cost of such abatement shall be determined and collected as provided for in paragraphs 5 and 6 of subsection A of this section.  This subsection shall not apply if the records of the county clerk show that the property was transferred after notice was given pursuant to subsection A of this section.

C.  The municipal governing body may enact ordinances to prohibit owners of property or persons otherwise in possession or control located within the municipal limits from allowing trash to accumulate, or weeds to grow or stand upon the premises and may impose penalties for violation of said ordinances.

D.  As used in this section:

1.  "Weed" includes but is not limited to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac and all vegetation at any state of maturity which:

a. exceeds twelve (12) inches in height, except healthy trees, shrubs, or produce for human consumption grown in a tended and cultivated garden unless such trees and shrubbery by their density or location constitute a detriment to the health, benefit and welfare of the public and community or a hazard to traffic or create a fire hazard to the property or otherwise interfere with the mowing of said weeds;

b. regardless of height, harbors, conceals, or invites deposits or accumulation of refuse or trash;

c. harbors rodents or vermin;

d. gives off unpleasant or noxious odors;

e. constitutes a fire or traffic hazard; or

f. is dead or diseased.

The term "weed" shall not include tended crops on land zoned for agricultural use which are planted more than one hundred fifty (150) feet from a parcel zoned for other than agricultural use.

2.  "Trash" means any refuse, litter, ashes, leaves, debris, paper, combustible materials, rubbish, offal, or waste, or matter of any kind or form which is uncared for, discarded, or abandoned.

3.  "Owner" means the owner of record as shown by the most current tax rolls of the county treasurer.

4.  "Cleaning" means the removal of trash from property.

E.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to any property zoned and used for agricultural purposes or to railroad property under the jurisdiction of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.  However, a municipal governing body may cause the removal of weeds or trash from property zoned and used for agricultural purposes pursuant to the provisions of this section but only if such weeds or trash pose a hazard to traffic and are located in, or within ten (10) yards of, the public right-of-way at intersections.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-111, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1983, c. 48, § 1, emerg. eff. April 26, 1983; Laws 1986, c. 28, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1986; Laws 1988, c. 99, § 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 5, § 1, emerg. eff. March 22, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 253, § 1, emerg. eff. May 22, 1990; Laws 1994, c. 206, § 1, emerg. eff. May 20, 1994; Laws 1998, c. 146, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 82, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.


§11-22-112.  Condemnation - Procedures - Administrative officer or body - Definitions- Nuisance - Damages or loss of property - Agricultural property.

A.  A municipal governing body may cause dilapidated buildings within the municipal limits to be torn down and removed in accordance with the following procedures:

1.  At least ten (10) days' notice that a building is to be torn down or removed shall be given to the owner of the property before the governing body holds a hearing.  A copy of the notice shall be posted on the property to be affected.  In addition, a copy of the notice shall be sent by mail to the property owner at the address shown by the current year's tax rolls in the office of the county treasurer.  Written notice shall also be mailed to any mortgage holder as shown by the records in the office of the county clerk to the last-known address of the mortgagee.  At the time of mailing of notice to any property owner or mortgage holder, the municipality shall obtain a receipt of mailing from the postal service, which receipt shall indicate the date of mailing and the name and address of the mailee.  However, if neither the property owner nor mortgage holder can be located, notice may be given by posting a copy of the notice on the property, or by publication as defined in Section 1-102 of this title.  The notice may be published once not less than ten (10) days prior to any hearing or action by the municipality pursuant to the provisions of this section;

2.  A hearing shall be held by the governing body to determine if the property is dilapidated and has become detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public and the community, or if the property creates a fire hazard which is dangerous to other property;

3.  Pursuant to a finding that the condition of the property constitutes a detriment or a hazard and that the property would be benefited by the removal of such conditions, the governing body may cause the dilapidated building to be torn down and removed.  The governing body shall fix reasonable dates for the commencement and completion of the work.  The municipal clerk shall immediately file a notice of dilapidation and lien with the county clerk describing the property, the findings of the municipality at the hearing, and stating that the municipality claims a lien on the property for the destruction and removal costs and that such costs are the personal obligation of the property owner from and after the date of filing of the notice.  The agents of the municipality are granted the right of entry on the property for the performance of the necessary duties as a governmental function of the municipality if the work is not performed by the property owner within dates fixed by the governing body.  Any action to challenge the order of the municipal governing body shall be filed within thirty (30) business days from the date of the order;

4.  The governing body shall determine the actual cost of the dismantling and removal of dilapidated buildings and any other expenses that may be necessary in conjunction with the dismantling and removal of the buildings, including the cost of notice and mailing.  The municipal clerk shall forward a statement of the actual cost attributable to the dismantling and removal of the buildings and a demand for payment of such costs, by mail to the property owner.  In addition, a copy of the statement shall be mailed to any mortgage holder at the address provided for in paragraph 1 of this subsection.  At the time of mailing of the statement of costs to any property owner or mortgage holder, the municipality shall obtain a receipt of mailing from the postal service, which receipt shall indicate the date of mailing and the name and address of the mailee.  If a municipality dismantles or removes any dilapidated buildings, the cost to the property owner shall not exceed the actual cost of the labor, maintenance, and equipment required for the dismantling and removal of the dilapidated buildings.  If dismantling and removal of the dilapidated buildings is done on a private contract basis, the contract shall be awarded to the lowest and best bidder; and

5.  When payment is made to the municipality for costs incurred, the municipal clerk shall file a release of lien, but if payment attributable to the actual cost of the dismantling and removal of the buildings is not made within six (6) months from the date of the mailing of the statement to the owner of such property, the municipal clerk shall forward a certified statement of the amount of the cost to the county treasurer of the county in which the property is located.  Once certified to the county treasurer, payment may only be made to the county treasurer except as otherwise provided for in this section.  The costs shall be levied on the property and collected by the county treasurer as are other taxes authorized by law.  Until finally paid, the costs and the interest thereon shall be the personal obligation of the property owner from and after the date of the notice of dilapidation and lien is filed with the county clerk.  In addition the cost and the interest thereon shall be a lien against the property from the date the notice of the lien is filed with the county clerk.  The lien shall be coequal with the lien of ad valorem taxes and all other taxes and special assessments and shall be prior and superior to all other titles and liens against the property.  The lien shall continue until the cost is fully paid.  At the time of collection, the county treasurer shall collect a fee of Five Dollars ($5.00) for each parcel of property.  The fee shall be deposited to the credit of the general fund of the county.  If the county treasurer and the municipality agree that the county treasurer is unable to collect the assessment, the municipality may pursue a civil remedy for collection of the amount owing and interest thereon including an action in personam against the property owner and an action in rem to foreclose its lien against the property.  A mineral interest, if severed from the surface interest and not owned by the surface owner, shall not be subject to any tax or judgment lien created pursuant to this section.  Upon receiving payment, the municipal clerk shall forward to the county treasurer a notice of such payment and shall direct discharge of the lien.

B.  The municipality may designate, by ordinance, an administrative officer or administrative body to carry out the duties of the governing body specified in this section.  The property owner shall have the right of appeal to the municipal governing body from any order of the administrative officer or administrative body.  Such appeal shall be taken by filing written notice of appeal with the municipal clerk within ten (10) days after the administrative order is rendered.

C.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Dilapidated building" means:

a. a structure which through neglect or injury lacks necessary repairs or otherwise is in a state of decay or partial ruin to such an extent that the structure is a hazard to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public,

b. a structure which is unfit for human occupancy due to the lack of necessary repairs and is considered uninhabitable or is a hazard to the health, safety, and welfare of the general public,

c. a structure which is determined by the municipal governing body or administrative officer of the municipal governing body to be an unsecured building, as defined by Section 22-112.1 of this title, more than three times within any twelve-month period,

d. a structure which has been boarded and secured, as defined by Section 22-112.1 of this title, for more than thirty-six (36) consecutive months, or

e. a structure declared by the municipal governing body to constitute a public nuisance; and

2.  "Owner" means the owner of record as shown by the most current tax rolls of the county treasurer.

D.  Nothing in the provisions of this section shall prevent the municipality from abating a dilapidated building as a nuisance or otherwise exercising its police power to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the general public.

E.  The officers, employees or agents of the municipality shall not be liable for any damages or loss of property due to the removal of dilapidated buildings performed pursuant to the provisions of this section or as otherwise prescribed by law.

F.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to any property zoned and used for agricultural purposes.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-112, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 42, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1988, c. 152, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 1989, c. 5, § 2, emerg. eff. March 22, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 253, § 2, emerg. eff. May 22, 1990; Laws 1997, c. 83, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1999, c. 343, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2000, c. 82, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2000; Laws 2004, c. 314, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.


§11-22-112.1.  Boarding and securing dilapidated building - Definitions.

A.  After a building has been declared dilapidated, as provided in Section 22-112 of this title, and before the commencement of the tearing and removal of a dilapidated building, the governing body of any municipality may authorize that such a building be boarded and secured.  However, if the dilapidated building is vacant and unfit for human occupancy, the governing body of any municipality may authorize the structure to be demolished pursuant to Section 22-112 of this title.

B.  A governing body of any municipality may cause the premises on which an unsecured building is located to be cleaned of trash and weeds in accordance with the provisions of Section 22-111 of this title.

C.  A governing body of any municipality may cause an unsecured building to be boarded and secured in accordance with the following procedures:

1.  Before the governing body orders such action, at least ten (10) days' notice that such unsecured building is to be boarded and secured shall be given by mail to any property owners and mortgage holders as provided in Section 22-112 of this title.  At the time of mailing of notice to any property owner or mortgage holder, the municipality shall obtain a receipt of mailing from the postal service, which receipt shall indicate the date of mailing and the name and address of the mailee.  A copy of the notice shall also be posted on the property to be affected.  However, if neither the property owner nor mortgage holder can be located, notice may be given by posting a copy of the notice on the property or by publication as defined in Section 1-102 of this title.  Such notice shall be published one time, not less than ten (10) days prior to any hearing or action by the municipality pursuant to the provisions of this section.  If a municipal governing body anticipates summary abatement of a nuisance in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 9 of this subsection, the notice shall state:  that any subsequent need for boarding and securing the building within a six-month period after the initial boarding and securing of the building pursuant to such notice may be summarily boarded and secured by the municipal governing body; that the costs of such boarding and securing shall be assessed against the owner; and that a lien may be imposed on the property to secure such payment, all without further prior notice to the property owner or mortgage holder;

2.  The owner of the property may give written consent to the municipality authorizing the boarding and securing of such unsecured building and to the payment of any costs incurred thereby.  By giving written consent, the owner waives any right the owner has to a hearing by the municipal governing body;

3.  If the property owner does not give written consent to such actions, a hearing may be held by the municipal governing body to determine whether the boarding and securing of such unsecured building would promote and benefit the public health, safety or welfare.  Such hearing may be held in conjunction with a hearing on the accumulation of trash or the growth of weeds or grass on the premises of such unsecured building held pursuant to the provisions of paragraph 3 of subsection A of Section 22-111 of this title.  In making such determination, the governing body shall apply the following standard:  the governing body may order the boarding and securing of the unsecured building when the boarding and securing thereof would make such building less available for transient occupation, decrease a fire hazard created by such building, or decrease the hazard that such building would constitute an attractive nuisance to children.

Upon making the required determination, the municipal governing body may order the boarding and securing of the unsecured building;

4.  After the governing body orders the boarding and securing of such unsecured building, the municipal clerk shall immediately file a notice of unsecured building and lien with the county clerk describing the property, stating the findings of the municipality at the hearing at which such building was determined to be unsecured, and stating that the municipality claims a lien on the property for the costs of boarding and securing such building and that such costs are the personal obligation of the property owner from and after the date of filing the notice;

5.  Pursuant to the order of the governing body, the agents of the municipality are granted the right of entry on the property for the performance of the boarding and securing of such building and for the performance of all necessary duties as a governmental function of the municipality;

6.  After an unsecured building has been boarded and secured, the governing body shall determine the actual costs of such actions and any other expenses that may be necessary in conjunction therewith including the cost of the notice and mailing.  The municipal clerk shall forward a statement of the actual costs attributable to the boarding and securing of the unsecured building and a demand for payment of such costs, by mail to any property owners and mortgage holders as provided in Section 22-112 of this title.  At the time of mailing of the statement of costs to any property owner or mortgage holder, the municipality shall obtain a receipt of mailing from the postal service, which receipt shall indicate the date of mailing and the name and address of the mailee.

If a municipality boards and secures any unsecured building, the cost to the property owner shall not exceed the actual cost of the labor, materials and equipment required for the performance of such actions.  If such actions are done on a private contract basis, the contract shall be awarded to the lowest and best bidder;

7.  When payment is made to the municipality for costs incurred, the municipal clerk shall file a release of lien, but if payment attributable to the actual costs of the boarding and securing of the unsecured building is not made within thirty (30) days from the date of the mailing of the statement to the owner of such property, the municipal clerk shall forward a certified statement of the amount of the costs to the county treasurer of the county in which the property is located.  Once certified to the county treasurer, payment may only be made to the county treasurer except as otherwise provided for in this section.  At the time of collection the county treasurer shall collect a fee of Five Dollars ($5.00) for each parcel of property and such fee shall be deposited to the general fund of the county.  The costs shall be levied on the property and collected by the county treasurer as are other taxes authorized by law.  Until fully paid, the costs and the interest thereon shall be the personal obligation of the property owner from and after the date the notice of unsecured building and lien is filed with the county clerk.  In addition the costs and the interest thereon shall be a lien against the property from the date the notice of the lien is filed with the county clerk.  The lien shall be coequal with the lien of ad valorem taxes and all other taxes and special assessments and shall be prior and superior to all other titles and liens against the property.  The lien shall continue until the costs and interest are fully paid.  If the county treasurer and the municipality agree that the county treasurer is unable to collect the assessment, the municipality may pursue a civil remedy for collection of the amount owing and interest thereon by an action in personam against the property owner and an action in rem to foreclose its lien against the property.  A mineral interest if severed from the surface owner, shall not be subject to any tax or judgment lien created pursuant to this section.  Upon receiving payment, the municipal clerk shall forward to the county treasurer a notice of such payment and shall direct discharge of the lien;

8.  The municipality may designate by ordinance an administrative officer or administrative body to carry out the duties of the governing body specified in subsection C of this section.  The property owner or mortgage holder shall have a right of appeal to the municipal governing body from any order of the administrative officer or administrative body.  Such appeal shall be taken by filing written notice of appeal with the municipal clerk within ten (10) days after the administrative order is rendered;

9.  If a municipal governing body causes a structure within the municipal limits to be boarded and secured, any subsequent need for boarding and securing within a six-month period constitutes a public nuisance and may be summarily boarded and secured without further prior notice to the property owner or mortgage holder.  At the time of each such summary boarding and securing, the municipality shall notify the property owner and mortgage holder of the boarding and securing and the costs thereof.  The notice shall state that the property owner may request an appeal with the municipal clerk within ten (10) days after the mailing of the notice.  The notice and hearing shall be as provided for in paragraph 1 of this subsection.  Unless otherwise determined at the hearing the cost of such boarding and securing shall be determined and collected as provided for in paragraphs 6 and 7 of this subsection;

10.  A governing body of any municipality may determine that a building is unsecured and order that such building be boarded and secured in the manner provided for in this subsection even though such building has not been declared, by the governing body, to be dilapidated; and

11.  For the purposes of this subsection:

a. "boarding and securing" or "boarded and secured" means the closing, boarding or locking of any or all exterior openings so as to prevent entry into the structure,

b. "unsecured building" shall mean any structure which is not occupied by a legal or equitable owner thereof, or by a lessee of a legal or equitable owner, and into which there are one or more unsecured openings such as broken windows, unlocked windows, broken doors, unlocked doors, holes in exterior walls, holes in the roof, broken basement or cellar hatchways, unlocked basement or cellar hatchways or other similar unsecured openings which would facilitate an unauthorized entry into the structure, and

c. "unfit for human occupancy" means a structure that due to lack of necessary repairs is considered uninhabitable and is a hazard to the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.

D.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to any property zoned and used for agricultural purposes.

Added by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 43, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  Amended by Laws 1986, c. 257, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1986; Laws 1988, c. 152, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; Laws 1990, c. 253, § 3, emerg. eff. May 22, 1990; Laws 1997, c. 83, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2000, c. 82, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.


§11-22-112.2.  Removal of graffiti by municipalities.

A.  A municipal governing body may cause graffiti to be removed from property within the municipal limits in accordance with the following procedures:

1.  The property owner and the tenant, if any, may give their written consent to the municipality authorizing removal of the graffiti.  By giving such written consent, the owner and the tenant each waives the right to notice and a hearing by the municipality as otherwise required by this section;

2.  If the consent of the property owner and the tenant, if any, to remove graffiti from the property cannot be obtained, the municipality may remove the graffiti without such consent pursuant to the procedures set forth in this section;

3.  To remove graffiti from property without the consent of the property owner and the tenant, if any, at least ten (10) days' notice shall be given by mail directed to the address shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office.  Notice to the tenant, if any, shall be given by mail directed to the property address.  The notice shall order the property owner and the tenant, if any, to remove graffiti from the property and shall further state that unless such work is performed within twenty (20) days of the date of the notice the work shall be done by the municipality.  At the time of mailing of notice to the property owner and the tenant, if any, the municipality shall obtain a receipt of mailing from the postal service, which receipt shall indicate the date of mailing and the name and address of the mailee(s).  In addition, notice shall be given by posting a copy of the notice on the property at least one time not less than ten (10) days prior to any hearing or action by the municipality.  If a municipal governing body anticipates summary abatement of graffiti in accordance with the provisions of subsection B of this section, the notice shall state that any accumulations of graffiti on the property occurring within one (1) year from and after the date of the notice may be summarily abated by the municipality without a hearing and further prior notice to the property owner or the tenant, if any, except by posting of notice at least one time on the property once not less than two (2) business days prior to such summary abatement;

4.  A hearing may be held by the municipal governing body to determine whether the accumulation of graffiti on the property has caused the property to become detrimental or a hazard to the health, safety, or general welfare of the public and the community;

5.  Upon finding that the condition of the property constitutes a detriment or hazard, and that the property, the public, and the community would be benefited by removal of such conditions, the agents of the municipality are granted the right of entry onto the property for the removal of the graffiti thereon and for performance of the necessary duties as a governmental function of the municipality; and

6.  The municipality may designate by ordinance an administrative officer or administrative body to perform the functions set forth in this section.  The property owner and the tenant, if any, shall have a right of appeal to the municipal governing body from any order of the administrative officer or administrative body.  Such appeal shall be taken by filing written notice of appeal with the municipal clerk within ten (10) business days after the administrative order is rendered.

B.  If a notice is given by a municipal governing body to a property owner and tenant, if any, ordering graffiti to be removed from property within the municipal limits in accordance with the procedures provided for in subsection A of this section, any subsequent accumulations of graffiti on the property occurring within a one (1) year period may be summarily abated without further prior notice to the property owner or the tenant, if any.  However, prior to the summary abatement by the municipality, notice thereof shall be posted at least one time on the property not less than two (2) business days prior to such summary abatement.  This subsection shall not apply if the records of the county clerk show that the ownership and/or tenancy of the property was transferred after notice was given pursuant to subsection A of this section.

C.  Removal of graffiti by a municipality pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be performed at the sole expense of the municipality.  In removing the graffiti, the municipality shall restore the property as nearly as possible to the condition as it existed immediately prior to the graffiti being placed on the property.

D.  Nothing in the provisions of this section shall prevent the municipality from abating graffiti as a nuisance or otherwise exercising its police power to protect the health, safety, or general welfare of the public.

E.  The municipality and its officers, employees or agents shall not be liable for any damages or loss of property due to the removal of graffiti performed pursuant to the provisions of this section.

F.  Nothing in this section shall prohibit the municipal governing body from enacting ordinances concerning the removal of graffiti that are more strict than this section.

G.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Advertising" means any letter, word, name, number, symbol, slogan, message, drawing, picture, writing, or other mark of any kind lawfully placed on property by an owner or tenant of the property, or an agent of such owner or tenant, for the purpose of promoting products or services or conveying information to the public;

2.  "Graffiti" means, without limitation, any letter, word, name, number, symbol, slogan, message, drawing, picture, writing, or other mark of any kind visible to the public that is drawn, painted, chiseled, scratched or etched on a rock, tree, wall, bridge, fence, gate, building or other structure; provided, this definition shall not include advertising or any other letter, word, name, number, symbol, slogan, message, drawing, picture, writing, or other mark of any kind lawfully placed on property by an owner of the property, a tenant of the property, or by an authorized agent for such owner or tenant;

3.  "Owner" means the owner of record as shown by the most current tax rolls of the county treasurer;

4.  "Removal", "remove", or "removed", when used in relation to the eradication of graffiti means the act of taking graffiti off of, or masking the presence of graffiti on, a rock, tree, wall, bridge, fence, gate, building or other structure; and

5.  "Tenant" means any person shown by the records of the county clerk's office as a lessee of property, or any person lawfully in actual physical possession of property.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 170, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§1122113.  Fire hazards and building location restrictions.

The municipal governing body may regulate the construction or suppression, and cleaning of any apparatus, fixtures, or equipment used in any building, manufactory, or business which may cause or promote fires, may prescribe limits within which dangerous or hazardous businesses may be carried on, and may adopt fire prevention codes and regulations.  The governing body may impose penalties for the violation of such ordinances and may remove or abate any buildings constructed or located in violation of its ordinances.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 44, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§11-22-114.  Entry upon private property for making surveys, soundings, examination or terminating public utility services - Reimbursement for damages.

A.  Municipalities through their authorized agents or employees may enter upon any lands, waters, or premises for the purpose of making surveys, soundings, or examinations as may be necessary for the purpose of establishing, locating, relocating, constructing, or maintaining any sewer, waterworks, drain, or public works or facilities.  Entry may also be made for the purpose of terminating any public utility services if the municipality determines the existence of a hazard to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public in connection with said services.  Said entry shall not be deemed a trespass, nor shall an entry pursuant to any condemnation proceedings which may be pending be deemed a trespass. If the municipality does not have written consent for entry from the owner and lessee, the municipality shall give notice to the owner and lessee of the property to be entered, by certified mail at least fourteen (14) days prior to any entry.  If the owner and lessee are unable to be given notice by certified mail, notice shall be given by publication.

B.  Municipalities shall make reimbursement for any actual damages to lands, water, or premises as a result of the entry onto property as authorized in this section.  If there is a disagreement as to the amount of any damage, either the person incurring any damage to land, water, or premises or the municipality may file a petition with the district court in the county where the alleged damage occurred requesting the appointment of a commissioner to appraise the damage and proceed to have the damage determined as in condemnation proceedings.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 45, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.


§1122115.  Animals running at large  Regulation and taxation.

The municipal governing body may regulate or prohibit animals from running at large.  Animals which are running at large may be impounded and sold to discharge any costs and penalties established by the governing body and the expense of impounding, keeping or sale of such animals.  The governing body may also provide for the erection of pens, pounds, and buildings for the use of the municipality, within or without the municipal limits, and appoint and compensate keepers thereof, and establish and enforce rules governing the pens, pounds or buildings.  The governing body may also regulate and provide for taxing the owners and harborers of dogs, and authorize the killing of dogs which are found at large in violation of any ordinance regulating the same.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22115, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-22-116.  Jurisdiction over real property and navigable streams.

A.  Except as provided for in subsection B of this section, the municipality shall have jurisdiction over any real property within or without its corporate limits belonging to the municipality.

B.  A municipality with a population of more than three hundred fifty thousand (350,000) persons, according to the most recent Federal Decennial Census, shall have jurisdiction over any real property within its corporate limits belonging to the municipality.  The municipality shall have the authority to enact ordinances regulating real property belonging to the municipality that is outside the corporate limits of the municipality.  Municipal property outside the corporate limits of the municipality shall be subject to state or municipal law and any violation of state or municipal law shall be prosecuted in the district court of the county or the municipal court of the local city where the violation occurred.  Unless otherwise provided for by law, the municipality may regulate the banks, shores, and wharves of navigable streams within the corporate limits.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-116, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 46, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 2003, c. 147, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003.


§1122117.  Traffic regulations  Racing and driving  Games and amusements  School zone speed limits and signs.

Section 22117.  A.  The municipal governing body may establish ordinances and regulations governing the operation of motor vehicles and traffic upon the roads and streets within the municipality in the manner provided by, and not inconsistent with, state law.  The governing body may also regulate and prevent racing and fast driving, and all games, practices or amusements likely to result in damage to any person or property, in the streets, highways, alleys, bridges, sidewalks or other places in the municipality, and riding or driving over or upon the sidewalks of the municipality.

B.  Any municipal governing body which establishes ordinances and regulations governing school zone speed limits, shall place school zone signs designating the beginning and end of the zone on the side or in the center of the roadway.  Such end zone signing shall be as follows:

(a)  On roadways of two driving lanes, only the end zone signing may be on either side of the roadway or in the center of the roadway.

(b)  On roadways in excess of two driving lanes, the end zone signing shall be on the right side of the roadway or in the center of the roadway if said roadway is divided by a median.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22117, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1978, c. 90, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1978.  

§1122117.1.  Possession of security verification form may be required for certain vehicles.

Pursuant to Section 22117 of this title, a municipality may by ordinance require the operator of any motor vehicle registered in this state to carry a current security verification form as defined in Article VI, Chapter 7 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes or equivalent form which has been issued by the Department.

Any person producing proof that a current security verification form or equivalent form which has been issued by the Department was in force for such person at the time of the alleged offense shall be entitled to dismissal of such charge upon payment of court costs; however, if proof of security verification is presented to the court within fortyeight (48) hours after the violation, the charge shall be dismissed without payment of court costs.

Upon conviction, bond forfeiture or deferral of sentence, the court shall forward an abstract to the Department of Public Safety within ten (10) days reflecting the action taken by the court.

Added by Laws 1982, c. 355, § 10, operative July 1, 1983. Amended by Laws 1984, c. 181, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§11-22-118.  Regulation of taxicabs - Specific requirements.

The municipal governing body is vested with full police powers, for the purpose of preserving public health, safety and welfare, over the operation, regulation and control of taxicabs within the limits of the municipality.  The municipal governing body may prescribe regulations for the operation of taxicabs, which regulations may include, and shall be limited to the following specific powers and subjects:

1.  Requirement of minimum insurance, bond or other indemnity for public liability upon each taxicab; and if other than standard insurance be permitted, requirement and specifications of terms and conditions under which such other indemnity shall be accumulated, held, maintained, managed, and disposed of to secure persons in whose favor any liability shall arise out of the operation of taxicabs;

2.  Requirement of minimum standards of mechanical condition and efficiency of any vehicle used as a taxicab, together with the power to require inspections to insure compliance therewith;

3.  Restriction of the loading of taxicabs to specified zones or localities; including the power to prohibit and punish "cruising" and the making of such other rules governing the manner of operation of taxicabs as the public safety may require;

4.  Determination, establishing, and enforcement of maximum and/or minimum rates and charges to be made by taxicabs for the transportation of passengers; including, but not requiring, the establishment of zones as the basis of such rates, or the requirement of taximeters as the basis of calculating such charges;

5.  Requirement of municipal license for the operation of each taxicab; together with the right to levy and exact an annual fee therefor, and the right to revoke, cancel and thereafter refuse to reissue such license for failure to comply with or for infractions of regulations promulgated pursuant to this section.  The granting of any license may be made dependent upon the holding of a certificate of convenience and necessity issued by the municipality, if such certificates are provided as authorized by paragraph 6 of this section; and

6.  Requirement for the holding of a certificate of convenience and necessity as a condition precedent to the issuance and holding of a municipal license for the operation of a taxicab; including the power to issue, deny, suspend and revoke such certificates.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-118, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1122119.  Regulation of railway and freight operations within municipal limits.

The municipal governing body may regulate levees, depots, depot grounds, and places of storing freight and goods, and provide for the passage of railways through the streets and public grounds of the municipality. The governing body may also regulate the crossing of railway tracks and the running of railway engines, cars and trucks within the limits of the municipality, and to govern the speed thereof, and to make provisions, rules and restrictions to prevent accidents at crossings and on the tracks of railways and to prevent fires from engines.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22119, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-22-120.  Public health, hospitals, quarantine, and environmental hazards.

A.  The municipal governing body may enact and enforce such ordinances, rules and regulations as it deems necessary for the protection of the public health, not inconsistent with state law; and may establish and regulate hospitals, and provide for their operation and support.  The governing body may make regulations to prevent the introduction of contagious diseases into the municipality and may enforce quarantine laws within five (5) miles of the municipal limits.

B.  If the Department of Environmental Quality notifies a municipality in writing that certain vacant property presents an extraordinary environmental hazard to public health and safety, the municipal governing body is authorized to enact special ordinances restricting occupancy and use of the vacant buildings, vacant structures or land as necessary to protect against the extraordinary environmental hazard.  This includes, but is not limited to, the authority to restrict occupancy or use by classes of persons who may be especially vulnerable to the environmental hazard.  The municipal governing body is further authorized to restrict occupancy or use, by children or other especially vulnerable classes of persons, of property in areas or at locations with contamination by lead or other hazardous substances to such a degree that normal health and welfare of members of the class are at significant risk.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-120, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2001, c. 352, § 1, emerg. eff. June 1, 2001.


§1122121.  Nuisances.

The municipal governing body may declare what shall constitute a nuisance, and provide for the prevention, removal and abatement of nuisances.

§1122122.  Trees.

The municipal governing body may enact ordinances for the purpose of regulating, planting and maintaining trees in the streets, avenues or public grounds of the municipality.  Planting and maintaining trees may also be petitioned for in the manner provided for petitioning sidewalks; and the governing body may make assessments and collect taxes in order to pay for planting and maintaining trees in the manner provided for sidewalk assessments and taxes.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22122, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1122123.  Vagrancy.

The municipal governing body may provide by ordinance for the arrest, fine, and imprisonment of vagrants.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22123, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1122124.  Commercial development projects, market houses and marketplaces  Municipal buildings.

The municipal governing body may purchase ground for, erect, establish, operate, and regulate retail or commercial redevelopment projects, market houses, and marketplaces.  The governing body may contract with any person, company, or corporation for the erection, operation, and maintenance of such redevelopment projects, market houses, and marketplaces on terms and conditions and in such manner as may be necessary and proper pursuant to the authority granted to it by the Constitution and laws of this state to protect and preserve such projects and markets for the benefit of the municipality and its citizens.  The municipal governing body may raise all necessary revenue therefor.  The governing body may also provide for the erection and operation of any and all necessary buildings for the municipality.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 47, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1122125.  Gifts to institutions in state system of higher education or to school districts.

The municipal governing body may make gifts of any real estate belonging to the municipality to any institution in The Oklahoma State System of Higher Education or to any school district, which is located in the municipality.  The municipal governing body may purchase or otherwise acquire real estate for this purpose, execute any instruments necessary for the transfer of real estate, and may give buildings or monies for the construction of buildings to institutions in the state system of higher education or any school district in this state.  The governing boards of such institutions or school districts are hereby authorized to accept these gifts.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22125, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1991, c. 313, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.


§1122126.  Participation in federal programs.

The municipal governing body may receive funds for and participate in any federal program, and may cooperate with the United States Government and any agency or instrumentality thereof, in the manner authorized and provided by federal law and regulation. In doing so, a municipality may perform all necessary functions and take all necessary actions for accomplishing such federal purposes and programs, as agent of the federal government, notwithstanding any provisions of state law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22126, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1122127.  Establishing residency requirements.

The municipal governing body by ordinance may designate which appointed officers and employees shall reside within the municipality; but police officers, firefighters and other municipal employees need not be actual residents of the municipality where they are employed in municipalities of five thousand (5,000) population or more, according to the latest federal census.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22127, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1122128.  Authority for public improvements  Borrowing money  Bond issues.

The governing body may provide for making any and all improvements of a general nature in the municipality and may from time to time borrow money and issue bonds for the purpose of paying for such improvements.  No such money shall be borrowed or bonds issued until the governing body is instructed to do so by a vote of at least threefifths of the registered voters voting on the question at any election held in the municipality, unless otherwise provided by the Constitution and laws of Oklahoma.  Bonds issued under this section shall be payable not more than twentyfive (25) years from the date of their issue, with interest thereon at a rate not exceeding a maximum rate established by law.  The governing body shall provide for taxes to pay the bonds at their maturity, and their interest coupons as they respectively become due.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 170, § 13, eff. July 1, 1983.  

§11-22-129.  Tax warrants against lots for special assessments or for abatement of public nuisance.

A.  Where municipal improvements of any character are made by special assessments upon the abutting lots, or upon blocks, or where a special assessment may be created by ordinance for the direct benefit of a limited locality in a municipality, the governing body may issue a tax warrant against each separate abutting lot, in the manner provided by law, which shall be a valid lien on the lot and shall be extended, collected and bear a like penalty with other taxes of the state, county or municipality.

B.  Where a municipality has abated any public nuisance in accordance with state law or municipal ordinance, the governing body may issue a tax warrant against each separate lot that was actually abated, in the manner provided by law, which shall be a valid lien on the lot and shall be extended, collected and bear a like penalty with other taxes of the state, county or municipality.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-129, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2003, c. 454, § 1, emerg. eff. June 6, 2003.


§1122130.  Reassessments for void or illegal assessments.

When a municipal governing body has attempted to levy any assessment for improvements which may have been informal, illegal or void for want of sufficient authority or other cause, the governing body of the municipality shall reassess any such assessment in the manner provided by law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22130, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1122131.  Municipal records  Destruction, sale or disposition after certain time limitations.

A.  A municipal governing body may destroy, sell for salvage or otherwise dispose of the following papers, documents and records after the expiration of the specified period of time following the end of the fiscal year in which the paper, document or record was created, except as otherwise specified:

1.  One (1) year:  parking citations may be destroyed or otherwise permanently disposed of one (1) year after the date of issuances;

2.  Two (2) years:  municipal court warrants, water, sewer, garbage and utility receipts and statements, which have been previously audited; inspection records relating to water meters and sewer inspections; miscellaneous petitions and letters addressed to the governing body on matters other than pertaining to the items hereinafter set forth; utility billing ledger or register; utility cash receipts ledger or register; and utility accounts receivable ledger or register.  Fire run contracts may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of two (2) years after their expiration;

3.  Five (5) years:  successful and unsuccessful bids for the purchase or furnishing of equipment, material and improvements; inspection records except as provided for in paragraph 2 of this section; claims that have been denied; license applications; bonds; special, primary and general election payrolls; election tabulations and returns; withholding statements; garnishment records; traffic tickets and receipts; bond receipts and fine receipts; information and complaints; court dockets; paid general obligation and revenue bonds; paid street improvement, sewer and sidewalk district bonds; warrants; claims; checks; vouchers; purchase orders; payrolls;

4.  Ten (10) years:  inventories; appropriation ledgers; sidewalk assessment records, except payment records; cash receipt book or register for the general fund, the street and alley fund, any bond fund or sinking fund and all other trust funds that have been audited; and

5.  Fifteen (15) years:  sewer and improvement district records, except payment records.

None of the abovementioned records, papers or documents pertaining to pending litigation shall be disposed of until such litigation is finally terminated.  This section shall not be construed to authorize or allow the destruction of any testing laboratory results or the inspection records of public improvements of a municipality.

B.  Time limits for the destruction, sale, or other disposition of municipal papers, documents and records which are not mentioned in subsection A of this section may be determined and set by ordinance or resolution of the municipal governing body.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-131, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1982, c. 166, § 1; Laws 1987, c. 173, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1990, c. 83, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1996, c. 83, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.


§11-22-132.  Authority to have records photographed or reproduced on film or stored on optical disk - Original record - Storage.

A.  The head of any municipal department, commission, bureau or board may have any or all records kept by the official, department, commission, bureau or board photographed, microphotographed, photostated, reproduced on film or stored on optical disk.  Such film or reproducing material shall be of durable material and the device used to reproduce such records on film or other material shall be such as to accurately reproduce and perpetuate the original records in all details.

B.  The photostatic copy, photograph, microphotograph, photographic film or optical disk of the original records shall be deemed to be an original record for all purposes, and shall be admissible in evidence in all courts or administrative agencies.  A facsimile, exemplification or certified copy thereof shall, for all purposes recited herein, be deemed to be a transcript, exemplification or certified copy of the original.

C.  Whenever photostatic copies, photographs, microphotographs, reproductions on films or optical disks shall be placed in conveniently accessible files and provisions made for preserving, examining and using same, the head of any municipal department, commission, bureau or board may certify those facts to the municipal governing body.  Following such certification, the governing body may, by ordinance or resolution, authorize the disposal, archival storage or destruction of the original records and papers before the expiration of the retention period established pursuant to Section 22-131 of this title.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 22-132, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1990, c. 50, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1998, c. 234, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.


§1122132.1.  Municipal Records  Maintenance and protection  Availability.

Any officer or employee of a municipality having custody of records or other documents of the municipality shall keep and maintain such records in a manner and at a location prescribed by the governing body.  Such records shall be available for use by officers and employees of the municipality as the governing body shall direct.  The governing body shall establish policies and procedures to preserve and protect the records of the municipality consistent with other provisions of law providing for the confidentiality of such records where appropriate and the accessibility of such records for inspection by the public.

§1122133.  Contesting reasonableness of oil and gas drilling fee.

Any person, firm or corporation may contest the reasonableness of any fee imposed pursuant to the provisions of Section 52 of Title 17 of the Oklahoma Statutes, for the issuance of a permit for the drilling and operation of an oil and gas well or the regulation thereof, by filing a petition in the district court of the county where the governing body of such incorporated city or town is located.  The court, upon hearing all the facts and circumstances relating to the imposition of the fee, shall determine the reasonableness of such fee.  The court may award attorneys' fees and costs to the prevailing party.

Added by Laws 1986, c. 250, § 14, emerg. eff. June 13, 1986.  

§11-22-134.  Purchasing or accounts payable - Approval by electronic process.

Notwithstanding any other provisions of the Oklahoma Statutes, any municipal document, other than checks, drafts or warrants,   relating to purchasing or accounts payable may be approved by the municipality by an electronic process in lieu of a manual process.

Added by Laws 1990, c. 176, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.


§11-22-135.  National disaster leave.

A.  The governing body of a municipality may grant leave with pay not to exceed fifteen (15) working days to a municipal employee who is affected by a presidentially declared national disaster in Oklahoma after May 1, 1999, if:

1.  The employee suffered a physical injury as a result of the disaster;

2.  A relative or household member of the employee suffered a physical injury or died as a result of the disaster; or

3.  The domicile of the employee or the domicile of a relative of the employee was damaged or destroyed as a result of the disaster.

B.  As used in this section:

1.  "Relative of the employee" shall be limited to the spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, grandparent, stepparent, or parent of the employee; and

2.  "Household members" means those persons who reside in the same home, who have reciprocal duties to and do provide financial support for one another.  This term shall include foster children and legal wards even if they do not live in the household.  The term does not include persons sharing the same general house, when the living style is primarily that of a dormitory or commune.

C.  The authority to grant leave with pay pursuant to subsection A of this section shall extend for a period of not more than six (6) months after the date of a presidentially declared national disaster.

D.  Annual leave, sick leave, or compensatory time which was charged to a municipal employee as a result of the presidentially declared national disaster resulting from the May 3, 1999, tornadoes that would have otherwise been eligible for the leave provision in subsection A of this section, may be reinstated by the governing body.  A municipal employee entitled to leave with pay pursuant to this section who was charged leave without pay shall be compensated at the base rate of pay of the employee.

E.  A governing body of a municipality may amend an existing leave sharing program or establish a leave sharing program to allow municipal employees to share sick or annual leave with municipal employees who are eligible for leave pursuant to subsection A of this section.  The disaster-related leave sharing plan shall be subject to the following conditions:

1.  An employee eligible for disaster-related leave may receive up to fifteen (15) days donated leave;

2.  The donated leave must be used for disaster-related injuries or matters;

3.  The eligible employee shall not be required to take or exhaust any of the employee's regular sick, personal, or emergency leave in order to receive donated leave;

4.  Donated leave may be used to reinstate regular emergency, sick, or personal leave an employee used after May 1, 1999, for disaster-related injuries or matters;

5.  An eligible employee who was required to take leave without pay for disaster-related injuries or matters may be compensated for up to fifteen (15) days if leave is donated to cover the leave without pay; and

6.  The municipality may require documentation to support a request to use donated leave pursuant to this section.

Added by Laws 1999, c. 306, § 4, eff. July 1, 1999.


§11-22-136.  Intangible property held for owner or apparent owner by municipality or municipal public trust - Abandonment - Notice - Definitions.

A.  Except as provided by other provisions of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes governing disposition of certain specific types of intangible property, any intangible property held for the owner or apparent owner by a municipality or a municipal public trust that remains unclaimed by the owner or apparent owner for one (1) year or more after becoming payable or distributable is presumed abandoned and shall be disposed of as provided by subsection B of this section.

B.  Intangible property presumed abandoned pursuant to the provisions of subsection A of this section shall be disposed of by the municipality or municipal public trust as follows:

1. a. The municipality or municipal public trust shall mail written notice to the owner or apparent owner at his or her last-known address stating that the intangible property shall be paid over to the municipality or municipal public trust unless the owner or apparent owner files a claim therefor with the clerk of the municipality or with the secretary of the municipal public trust, as applicable, within two (2) years of the date of the notice.

b. If the address of the owner or apparent owner is unknown, or the mailed notice required by subparagraph a of this paragraph is returned as undeliverable, the municipality or municipal public trust shall publish such notice two (2) times in a newspaper of general circulation within the county where the principal offices of the municipality or municipal public trust are located; and

2.  If the intangible property is not claimed by the owner or apparent owner within two (2) years of the latest date of the mailed or published notice, as provided in paragraph 1 of this subsection, then the claim of such owner or apparent owner shall be extinguished and the property shall be disposed of as may be determined and directed by the municipal governing body or by the trustees of the public trust, as applicable.

C.  As used in this section:

1.  "Apparent owner" means the person whose name appears on the records of the municipality or municipal public trust as the person entitled to intangible property held, issued, or owning by the municipality or municipal public trust;

2.  "Intangible property" means money, warrants, checks, drafts, deposits, interest, dividends, income, credit balances, customer overpayments, security deposits, refunds, credit memos, unpaid wages, unused airline tickets, unidentified remittances and other similar personal property;

3.  "Last-known address" means a description of the location of the owner or apparent owner sufficient for the purpose of the delivery of mail;

4.  "Municipal public trust" means any public trust of which one or more municipalities are the sole beneficiary or beneficiaries; and

5.  "Owner" means a depositor in the case of a deposit, a beneficiary in case of a trust other than a deposit in trust, a creditor, claimant, or payee in the case of other intangible property, or a person having a legal or equitable interest in property subject to this act, or his or her legal representative.  When used in this section, the term "owner" shall encompass both a single owner or multiple owners.

Added by Laws 2002, c. 119, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§11-22-150.  Short title.

Sections 1 through 9 of this act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act".

Added by Laws 1992, c. 211, § 1, eff. July 1, 1992.


§11-22-151.  Purpose and construction of act.

The Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act shall serve to implement and execute Section 27B of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution, and nothing in the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act shall be construed in a manner contrary to or inconsistent with the provisions of said constitutional provision.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 211, § 2, eff. July 1, 1992.


§11-22-152.  Definitions.

For purposes of the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act and the implementation of Section 27B of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution:

1.  "Affirmative vote of at least three-fourths (3/4) of all members of such governing body" shall mean an affirmative vote by persons comprising not less than three-fourths (3/4) of the total number of members provided by law, municipal ordinance or charter as constituting the governing body of said municipality;

2.  "Bond counsel" shall mean an attorney or firm of attorneys qualified and experienced in public finance transactions, and who renders an opinion as to the validity and enforceability of the obligations issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act;

3.  "Financial advisor" shall mean a person or firm qualified and experienced in public finance transactions, and who renders advice and counsel to the municipality regarding fiscal and marketing aspects pertaining to the obligations issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act.  Provided, any such financial advisor shall not be permitted to bid on, underwrite, purchase or take part in the marketing of the obligations nor have any other pecuniary interest therein, other than the fee negotiated with the municipality for the services of such financial advisor;

4.  "Improve" means to construct, reconstruct, maintain, restore, replace, renew, repair, install, equip, extend, purchase, alter or otherwise perform any work which provides a new facility, or enhances, extends or restores the value or usefulness of an existing facility;

5.  "Improvement" means any type of improvement made by authority of the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act and includes reimprovement of any prior improvement made pursuant to the provisions of this or any other applicable act;

6.  "Municipality" shall mean any city or town duly incorporated and validly existing pursuant to the laws of Oklahoma;

7.  "Obligations" shall mean collectively, bonds, notes or other evidences of indebtedness, or any of them, issued by a municipality pursuant to Section 27B of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution and the provisions of the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act, and may include refunding obligations;

8.  "Public trust" shall mean an Oklahoma public trust created pursuant to and existing in accordance with Sections 176 through 180.4 of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes and which has the municipality as a beneficiary; provided, for purposes of the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act, "public trust" shall not include a trust created for industrial purposes; and

9.  "Qualified voters" or "voters" shall mean the voters of a municipality duly qualified to vote in a special municipal election on the issuance of bonds of the municipality or on the question of making improvements to public utilities, under the laws, ordinances and charter provisions applicable at the time such election is held.  As used in the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act, the singular shall include the plural, and unless indicated herein, defined words shall have the same meaning whether or not capitalized.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 211, § 3, eff. July 1, 1992.


§11-22-153.  Authority to issue certain revenue bonds and obligations - Limitations.

Any municipality may issue its obligations in the manner set out in the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act in order to finance, or to refinance, all or a part of the cost of the acquisition, purchase or construction of, or the making of improvements to any public utility owned or to be owned exclusively by said municipality, and said obligations shall be payable from and secured by the revenues resulting from the operation of the municipality's revenue-producing public utilities or any part thereof.  Provided, nothing herein shall authorize or be construed to authorize a municipality to create a lien or mortgage on, or a security interest in or with respect to such public utility or utilities to secure said obligations.  The obligations, when issued and delivered, shall state on the face thereof that the revenue indebtedness or contractual obligations created thereby are limited obligations of the municipality payable from and secured by a lien and charge on the revenues of funds pledged for their payment by the governing body of the municipality and shall not constitute a general indebtedness of the municipality, nor shall it invoke or require the imposition of the general taxing power of such municipality.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 211, § 4, eff. July 1, 1992.


§11-22-154.  Additional sources of security for utility revenue obligations.

Nothing in the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act shall prevent a municipality from dedicating sales taxes or other municipal taxes as an additional source of payment and security for its utility revenue obligations, provided that the dedication of such tax revenue is approved by a majority of municipal voters voting at an election held for that purpose, in the manner set out in Section 2701 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes and other applicable laws, on a ballot question separate from the question of the issuance of revenue obligations.  Further, nothing in the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act shall prevent a municipality from purchasing a policy of municipal bond insurance, securing a rating on the creditworthiness of the obligations, obtaining a letter of credit and other such credit enhancement product generally utilized in the public finance industry to further enhance and secure the obligations, provided, that at the time of the securing of such credit enhancement it reasonably appears to the governing body of the municipality that such credit enhancement shall result in a reduction in the amount of interest to be paid by the municipality over the life of the obligations, taking into account the cost of such credit enhancement.  The dedication of such municipal taxes or the providing of credit enhancement for the obligations shall be at the sound discretion of the governing body of the municipality.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 211, § 5, eff. July 1, 1992.


§11-22-155.  Submission of question of issuance of revenue obligations to finance acquisition, purchase or construction of public utility to voters.

Prior to and as a condition precedent to issuing revenue obligations under the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act, the governing body of a municipality shall submit the question of issuance of revenue obligations to finance the acquisition, purchase or construction of a public utility or combination of public utilities to qualified voters of the municipality at an election if:

1.  The type or kind of public utility or utilities to be financed have not heretofore been owned or operated by the municipality or a public trust having the municipality as its beneficiary; or

2.  The question of the acquisition, construction or purchase of the public utility or combination of utilities at issue has not been previously approved by a lawful majority of qualified voters of the municipality voting at an election held within ten (10) years of the date of the election.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 211, § 6, eff. July 1, 1992.


§11-22-156.  Submission of question of issuance of revenue obligations to finance improvement of public utility to voters.

Prior to and as a condition precedent to issuing revenue obligations under the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act, the governing body of a municipality shall submit the question of issuance of revenue obligations to finance improvements to a public utility or combination of public utilities if:

1.  The improvements are with respect to a public utility or utilities owned by the municipality or by a public trust having the municipality as its beneficiary at the time of the election; and

2.  The original acquisition, purchase or construction of the public utility or utilities on which improvements are to be made was not approved by a lawful majority of qualified voters of the municipality voting at an election for that purpose; or

3.  The original acquisition, purchase or construction of the public utility or utilities on which improvements are to be made was not accomplished and financed by a public trust of which the municipality is a beneficiary.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 211, § 7, eff. July 1, 1992.


§11-22-157.  Approval issuance, sale and delivery of revenue obligations.

A.  Subject to the provisions of Sections 6 and 7 of this act, upon the affirmative vote of at least three-fourths (3/4) of all the members of the governing body, a municipality may borrow money or issue obligations to finance or refinance acquisition, construction or purchase of or the making of improvements to a public utility or utilities.

B.  Obligations issued and sold pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act shall be in such principal amounts and shall mature at such time as determined by the municipal governing body, and shall bear interest at such annual rate or rates as determined by the governing board of the municipality, provided the rate of interest on the obligations or any particular maturity thereof, shall not exceed fourteen percent (14%) per annum.

C.  Evidence of the issuance, sale and delivery of revenue obligations under the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act shall be provided by delivering (1) to the Secretary of State a preliminary offering document and notice of sale at least ten (10) business days prior to the date of sale thereof, and (2) to the Secretary of State and the Oklahoma Securities Commission a final offering document within fifteen (15) business days after the delivery thereof.

D.  In the proceedings leading to the approval, issuance, sale and delivery of revenue obligations under the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act, a private attorney or attorneys acting as bond counsel and in other necessary capacities may be employed at a fee to be negotiated by the municipality and such attorneys; and the fees and expenses of such counsel may, at the option of the governing body of the municipality, be paid from the proceeds of the obligations or from other available sources.

E.  The governing body of the municipality may also, at its option, employ a financial advisor in connection with the issuance and sale of the obligations at a fee to be negotiated by the governing body and the financial advisor.  Fees and expenses of the financial advisor, if any are incurred, may be paid from the proceeds of the obligations or from other available sources.

F.  The obligations issued pursuant to the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act shall be sold at competitive bid, to the bidder bidding the lowest net interest cost on the obligations or the lowest true interest cost as the governing body shall direct.  Notice of the sale of the obligations shall be published at least ten (10) days prior to the sale thereof, and such notice by publication shall include publication once a week for two (2) consecutive weeks in a legally qualified newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, provided that the date specified in the notice for sale of the obligations shall not be less than ten (10) days after the first publication thereof.  The notice of sale shall state that the municipality reserves the right to reject any and all bids.  Provided, however, competitive bidding may be waived upon an affirmative vote of the governing body.  The governing body thereupon may negotiate for the private sale of the obligations to an underwriter or other purchaser or purchasers if it has received the written opinion of bond counsel that such negotiated sale is in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Revenue Bond Act, and contravenes no other provisions of applicable law.

G.  The obligations may, at the election of the governing body, be sold at a discount; provided that no obligations shall be sold for less than ninety-six percent (96%) of par value until the governing body has received from the underwriter or financial advisor, or in the absence of an underwriter or financial advisor, the initial purchaser of such bonds, an estimated alternative financing structure or structures showing the estimated total interest and principal cost of each alternative.  At least one alternative financing structure shall include bonds sold to the public at par.  Such estimates shall be considered a public record.  In no event shall bonds be sold for less than sixty-five percent (65%) of par value.  Said net interest cost or true interest cost shall include and take into consideration any discount or premium bid on the obligations.

H.  It shall be a further condition to the issuance and sale of revenue obligations hereunder that the municipality establish and maintain for the particular utility or utilities providing revenues to repay the obligations a separate system of accounting for such revenues in order that the governing body of the municipality may accurately and reliably determine from year to year the sufficiency of rates, charges and amounts of revenues derived from such utilities and available to pay debt service and other costs related to the obligations.  Such enterprise accounts shall be clearly identified in the annual audits of the municipality.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 211, § 8, eff. July 1, 1992.


§11-22-158.  General obligation bonds not authorized without vote of citizens.

Nothing in this act shall authorize general obligation bonds without a vote of the citizens of the municipality.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 211, § 9, eff. July 1, 1992.


§11-22-159.  Municipal support of public school systems.

Municipalities may support any public school system located in whole or in part within the corporate limits of the municipality, including without limitation by the expenditure of municipal revenues for construction or improvement of public school facilities.  In furtherance of municipal support for any public school system, as authorized by this section, the municipal governing body may take all actions necessary to effectuate such support.

Added by Laws 1999, c. 217, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


§1123101.  Municipality to defend municipal employees in certain legal actions.

A.  Unless otherwise provided for in the Governmental Tort Claims Act, if an action is brought against a municipal employee in any civil action or special proceeding in the courts of this state or of the United States by reason of any act done or omitted in good faith in the course of employment, the governing body of the municipality shall direct the municipal attorney or other designated legal counsel to appear and defend the action or proceeding on the behalf of the employee in accordance with the provisions of Section 23102 of this title.  The municipal governing body shall not designate an attorney to represent a municipal employee if that employee did not perform a statutorily required duty and such duty is a basis of the civil action or special proceeding.

B.  The municipal governing body may direct its attorney to intervene in any action or proceeding and to appear on behalf of the municipality, or any of its officers or employees, if the governing body deems the municipality to have an interest in the subject matter of the litigation.

C.  A municipality may indemnify its employees for actual damages, fees and costs in accordance with the Governmental Tort Claims Act.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 23-101, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1984, c. 126, § 48, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1992, c. 371, § 3, eff. July 1, 1992.


§1123102.  Defense of municipal employees  Procedure for request and defense.

If a municipality is to defend a municipal employee in a civil action or special proceeding as provided for in Section 23101 of this title, the following procedure shall apply:

1.  The employee shall make a written request to the governing body of the municipality within ten (10) days after service of summons on the employee.  A copy of the request shall be transmitted by the employee to his immediate supervisor and to the municipal attorney or other designated legal counsel;

2.  Before any defense is initiated, an inquiry shall be made by the municipal governing body of the facts upon which the action or special proceeding is based.  Unless the governing body determines that the employee was acting in good faith and in the course of his employment, representation shall not be provided pursuant to the provisions of Section 23101 of this title;

3.  Upon the decision of the municipal governing body to provide representation for the employee, it shall direct an attorney to appear and defend the action.  Said attorney shall determine the method of preparation and presentation of the defense and shall not be held civilly liable for the exercise of such discretion;

4.  The employee named in the action may employ private counsel at his own expense to assist in his defense;

5.  It shall be the duty of any municipal law enforcement agency to provide investigators at the request of the designated attorney to assist him in implementing the provisions of this section;

6.  No findings or reports of the municipal governing body, the designated attorney, or persons making inquiry subject to their direction pursuant to the provisions of this section shall be discoverable or admissible as evidence in any such action or special proceeding, and no reference thereto shall be made in any such trial or hearing; and

7.  Any officer or employee who acts outside the scope of his official authority shall be liable for damages in the same manner as any private citizen.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 49, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1123103.  Cost of litigation when municipality defends municipal employee.

The cost of litigation in any case for which representation is provided pursuant to Sections 23101 and 23102 of this title shall be paid by the municipality.  Cost of litigation shall include, but is not limited to, court cost, deposition expenses, travel and lodging, witness fees and other similar costs; except that this section shall not be construed as authorizing the payment by the municipality of any judgment making an award of monetary damages.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 23103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1123103.1.  Employee defined.

As used in Sections 23101 through 23103 of this title, employee means any person who is acting or who has acted in behalf of a political subdivision or an agency whether that person is acting on a permanent or temporary basis, with or without being compensated or on a fulltime or parttime basis. Employee also includes all elected or appointed officers, members of governing bodies and other persons designated to act for an agency or political subdivision, but shall not include independent contractors.

Laws 1979, c. 44, § 6, emerg. eff. April 9, 1979.  

§1123105.  Ambulance service  Liability insurance  Employee benefits.

A.  The governing body of any municipality or county may contract for ambulance service with the state or any of its agencies or any other municipality, county, person, firm, or corporation or combination thereof subject to such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon between the parties or in accordance with the requirements of the Interlocal Cooperation Act.  Such contracts, if with a person, firm, or corporation, shall provide for the carrying of liability insurance in a sum of not less than the risk of liability of the municipality pursuant to the provisions of Section 154 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

B.  Any employee of a municipality, county, or public trust, engaging in ambulance or emergency service provided by the employer shall be entitled to all benefits of any pension fund or insurance benefits to which such employee might otherwise be entitled.  If the employee of any city, town, county, or public trust performs ambulance or emergency service in his offduty hours in addition to such employee's principal employment, the time spent in such additional duty shall not be counted toward the person's pension and the compensation received shall not be used to calculate the pension that person may receive at some future time.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 50, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1123108.  Hospital, health, life and accident insurance for municipal employees.

A.  A municipality may provide hospital and medical benefits, accident, health, and life insurance, or any of the aforesaid, through any company authorized to do business in Oklahoma, for any or all of its officers or employees and their dependents, whether said officers or employees are engaged in a governmental or nongovernmental function of the municipality.  A municipality may also provide such benefits when an officer or employee is ordered by proper authority to active duty in the National Guard or Reserve Corps of the Armed Forces of the United States.  The municipality may pay a portion or all of said premiums from any municipal general funds, and may deduct from the wages or salary of any such officer or employee, upon written authority signed by the officer or employee, amounts for the payment of all or any portion of the monthly premium for same.

B.  1.  For the purposes of and as used in this subsection:

a. "affected municipality" means a municipality that provides hospital and medical benefits, accident and health insurance, or any of the aforesaid, for any or all of its officers or employees and their dependents pursuant to the provisions of subsection A of this section,

b. "health insurance plan" means the hospital and medical benefits, accident and health insurance, or any of the aforesaid, provided by an affected municipality to its officers or employees pursuant to the provisions of subsection A of this section,

c. "retired employee" means any officer or employee of an affected municipality who receives a continuing benefit pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Public Employees Retirement System, a municipal retirement system authorized pursuant to the provisions of Section 48-101 et seq. of this title, the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, or the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System, and who began receiving said benefits immediately after termination of employment, taking into consideration any administrative delays in establishing said continuing benefits, with an affected municipality, provided that the phrase "retired employee" shall include elected officers that have served eight (8) or more years with an affected municipality and the survivor of said elected officer or officer or employee, and

d. "survivor" means a survivor of a retired employee who would have been eligible to make the election authorized by this subsection and shall be determined in accordance with the applicable rules of the retirement system from which said retired employee qualified to receive benefits.  Provided, "survivor" shall also mean the surviving spouse or the surviving minor child or children of a person who was an employee or elected official of an affected municipality on or after July 1, 1992, and who continuously participated in the hospital and medical benefits insurance plan of said affected municipality at the time of the death of said employee.

2.  Notwithstanding any other state or federal law, a retired employee may continue in force the health insurance plan offered by the affected municipality that last employed said retired employee.

3.  To participate in the health insurance plan offered by a retired employee's affected municipality, the retired employee shall elect to participate in the health insurance plan within thirty (30) days from the date of termination of employment with said affected municipality.

4.  The retired employee who participates in the health insurance plan pursuant to this subsection shall pay up to the full cost of said health insurance plan at the rates and pursuant to the terms and conditions established by the affected municipality, provided the amount of the retired employee's premiums and dependent premiums for said health insurance plan paid by said retired employee who is under sixty-five (65) years of age shall be no greater than one hundred twenty-five percent (125%) of the amount of the officer or employee premiums and dependent premiums for the health insurance plan paid by or on behalf of an officer or employee who is currently employed by the affected municipality.

5.  An affected municipality that offers a health insurance plan in accordance with this section to its officers or employees and dependents shall offer the same health insurance plan to those retired employees and their dependents who elect to continue in force or participate in said health insurance plan in accordance with this subsection unless the retired employee or dependent is over sixty-five (65) years of age and qualifies for Medicare.

6.  An affected municipality that provides a health insurance plan to retired employees pursuant to this subsection shall also offer a Medicare supplement plan to those retired employees and their dependents who are over sixty-five (65) years of age.

7.  An affected municipality which participates in the plan or plans offered by the State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board shall not be subject to the provisions of this subsection so long as said participation continues.

8.  If a retired employee who retires from an affected municipality that participates in a municipal retirement system authorized pursuant to the provisions of Section 48-101 et seq. of this title does not receive a continuing benefit from said municipal retirement system because of a lump sum distribution from said retirement system to said retired employee or because said municipal retirement system is discontinued, said retired employee shall be entitled to make the election authorized pursuant to this subsection if said retired employee was employed by the affected municipality for at least eight (8) years or was disabled due to a line-of-duty injury while employed by and unable to continue similar employment with said affected municipality.

C.  Public and private educational institutions of the state not supported by any state appropriated funds may purchase annuity contracts for any of their fulltime officers and employees from any insurance company organized and operated without profit to any private shareholder or individual exclusively for the purpose of aiding and strengthening educational institutions, whether or not such company be authorized to do business in Oklahoma.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 23108, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1991, c. 232, § 2, emerg. eff. May 24, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 386, § 1, eff. July 1, 1992; Laws 1993, c. 50, § 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1993; Laws 1995, c. 53, § 1, emerg. eff. April 10, 1995; Laws 2004, c. 515, § 4, eff. July 1, 2004.


§1124101.  Short Title.

Short Title.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Act".

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 1, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124102.  Legislative Findings and Declaration of Necessity.

Legislative Findings and Declaration of Necessity.  It is declared that the provision of adequate, reliable and economic sources of electrical energy is in the public interest; that there is a need to establish a means by which municipalities and public trusts operating municipal electric systems may jointly plan, finance, own and operate facilities relating to electrical energy and acquire fuel and other supplies for the generation of electrical energy through the creation of a power authority in order to achieve economies and efficiencies not possible for municipalities and public trusts acting alone; that the joint planning, financing, ownership and operation of facilities relating to electrical energy, the acquisition of fuel and other supplies for the generation of electrical energy and the issuance of revenue bonds as provided herein is for a public use and serves a valid public purpose; and that the Legislature finds it necessary and proper to provide a method for municipalities and public trusts operating municipal electric systems to jointly plan, finance, develop, own or operate, either by themselves or with other public agencies, utilities or persons, facilities appropriate to the present and projected needs of such municipalities and public trusts for electrical energy.  It is further declared that the intent of this act is to consider all methods for the generation of electrical energy and to provide such energy in the most economical manner available.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 2, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124103.  Creation of the Authority.

Creation of the Authority.  There is hereby created within the State of Oklahoma a power authority to be known as "Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority".  Said Authority shall be, and is hereby declared to be a state governmental agency, body politic and corporate, with powers of government and with authority to exercise the rights, privileges and functions hereinafter specified.

Nothing in this act or in any other act or law contained, however, shall be construed as authorizing the Authority to levy or collect taxes or assessments, or to create any indebtedness payable out of the taxes or assessments, or in any manner to pledge the credit of the State of Oklahoma, or any subdivision thereof.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 3, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124104.  Members.

Members.  (a) (i)  Election Committee.  The Authority shall be governed by a Board of Directors consisting of seven members or such greater number, but in no event more than eleven members, as provided in the bylaws of the Authority as in effect from time to time.  Members of the Board of Directors of the Authority shall be eligible to succeed themselves and shall be elected by the election committee as hereinafter provided in this section.  On or before the 90th day following the effective date of this act, each of those eligible public agencies which shall have, prior to such 90th day, by proper resolution of its governing body or its public trust, declared its intention to participate, or to have any public trust operating its electric system participate, with the Authority in the development of power supply resources, shall designate one person as its representative on the election committee.  All such resolutions of declaration of intention to participate with the Authority shall be filed with the Secretary of State and shall be presented to the election committee at its first meeting which shall be held in the office of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma at 11:00 a.m. on the first Tuesday following such 90th day. At such meeting the election committee shall organize and elect a chairman and such other officers as may be desirable in the determination of the election committee.  The election committee shall then determine the sufficiency of the resolutions presented to it.

(ii)  Election Committee Voting.  For purposes of voting upon any matter which may properly come before the election committee, each representative shall have one vote unless otherwise provided in the bylaws of the Authority as in effect from time to time.  The presence at any meeting of the election committee of representatives entitled to cast a majority of the total votes to which the election committee shall be entitled shall, unless otherwise provided in the bylaws of the Authority as in effect from time to time, constitute a quorum of the election committee.

(iii)  Bylaws of the Authority.

(A) The bylaws of the Authority shall be adopted by the election committee of the Authority by a majority vote of the election committee and may thereafter be amended at any time and from time to time in whole or in part by the election committee or by the Board of Directors by a majority of the total votes entitled to be cast at any properly called and constituted meeting thereof, provided, however, that any such amendment shall not violate the provisions of Section 19 hereof.

(B) The bylaws of the Authority shall provide the following:

(1)  the time, place, manner of calling, notice, quorum and voting provisions, and other procedural rules for regular and special meetings of the election committee of the Authority;

(2)  the time, place, manner of calling, notice, quorum and voting provisions, and other procedural rules for regular and special meetings of the Board of Directors of the Authority;

(3)  provisions for the number, election, term of office and removal of members of the Board of Directors and for filling vacancies on the Board of Directors;

(4)  the titles, duties and manner of election, removal and replacement of officers of the Authority;

(5)  provisions governing when the Authority may dissolve and the disposition of property of the Authority and the procedures to be followed in the event of such a dissolution, provided, however, that any such dissolution shall not violate the provisions of Section 19 hereof; and  (6)  such other rules for regulating the affairs of the Authority as the election committee or the Board of Directors may deem necessary or advisable.

(iv)  Board of Directors.  The initial members of the Board of Directors of the Authority shall be elected by the election committee of the Authority.  Members of the Board of Directors of the Authority shall be residents of the State of Oklahoma.  Members of the Board of Directors of the Authority may, but need not, be members of the election committee.  Each member of the Board of Directors of the Authority shall hold office until the adjournment of the annual meeting of the Board of Directors held at, or nearest to, the expiration of his term of office as provided in the bylaws of the Authority and until his successor is elected.

(b)  Additional Members of Election Committee.  Each eligible public agency declaring its intention, by proper resolution of its governing body, to participate, or to have any public trust operating its electric system participate, with the Authority in the development of power supply resources after the 90th day following the effective date of this act shall promptly file such resolution with the Secretary of State and give written notice to the Authority of the adoption of such resolution and shall then designate one person as an additional member of the election committee whose term shall begin with the first meeting of the election committee which is held following the expiration of ten (10) days from the date of receipt of notice of the adoption of such resolution by the Authority.  Members of the election committee shall serve at the pleasure of the governing body of the eligible public agency by which they were appointed.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 4, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981. de

§1124105.  Definitions.

Definitions.  As used in this act the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(a)  "Authority" shall mean the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority hereby created and any successor or successors thereto. Any change in name or composition of the Authority shall in no way affect the vested rights of any person under the provisions of this act or impair the obligations of any contracts existing under this act.

(b)  "Board of Directors" shall mean the Board of Directors elected by the election committee as set forth in Section 4 of this act which shall exercise all the powers and manage and control all the affairs and property of the Authority unless otherwise specifically provided herein or in the bylaws of the Authority as in effect from time to time.

(c)  "Bonds" shall mean any revenue bonds, notes or other evidences of obligations of the Authority issued by the Authority under the provisions of this act, including, without limitation, bond anticipation notes and refunding bonds.

(d)  "Eligible public agency" shall mean any municipality, authority or other public body which owns, maintains or operates an electrical energy generation, transmission or distribution system within the State of Oklahoma on the date on which this act becomes law.

(e)  "Person" shall mean (i) any natural person; (ii) any eligible public agency as defined herein; (iii) any public trust as defined herein; (iv) the United States, any state, any municipality, political subdivision, municipal corporation, unit of local government, governmental unit or public corporation created by or pursuant to the laws of the United States or any state, or any board, corporation or other entity or body declared by the laws of the United States or any state to be a department, agency or instrumentality thereof; (v) any corporation, not for profit corporation, firm, partnership, cooperative association, electric cooperative or business trust of any nature whatsoever organized and existing under the laws of the United States or any state; or (vi) any foreign country, any political subdivision or governmental unit of any foreign country or any corporation, not for profit corporation, firm, partnership, cooperative association, electric cooperative or business trust of any nature whatsoever organized and existing under the laws of any foreign country or of any political subdivision or governmental entity thereof.

(f)  "Project" shall mean any plant, works, system, facilities and real and personal property of any nature whatsoever, together with all parts thereof and appurtenances thereto, located within or without the State of Oklahoma, used or useful in the generation, production, transmission, purchase, sale, exchange or interchange of electrical energy and in the acquisition, extraction, processing, transportation or storage or of fuel of any kind for any such purposes or any interest in, or right to the use, services, output or capacity, of any such plant, works, system or facilities; provided, however, a project shall not include (i) any interest in any plant for the generation of electrical energy which is to be owned jointly with any investorowned utility if such plant is not existing on May 10, 1981, or (ii) any interest in any nuclear powered generating plant.  For purposes of this definition, a plant shall be considered to be existing if construction shall have been commenced at the plant site, if orders have been placed for major components of equipment or if the plant is to consist of an additional unit at the site of an already existing unit which will use in common any of the existing facilities at such site.

(g)  "Public trust" shall mean any public trust created and existing under the provisions of the Trusts for Furtherance of Public Functions Law, as provided by Sections 176 et seq. of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and the Oklahoma Trust Act, as provided by Sections 175 et seq. of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes, which has as its beneficiary a municipality and which owns, maintains or operates an electrical energy generation, transmission or distribution system serving the residents and consumers of such municipality and existing on the date on which this act becomes law or created hereafter with an eligible public agency as the beneficiary.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 5, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981. de

§11-24-105.1.  Electric generation project - Joint interest - Exception.

Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (f) of Section 24-105 of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes that prohibits joint ownership in any plant for the generation of electric energy with any investor-owned utility that did not exist on May 10, 1981, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority is hereby authorized to own a joint interest in any electric generation project, except any nuclear generating plant.

Added by Laws 2001, c. 397, § 2, emerg. eff. June 4, 2001.


§1124106.  Public Property.

Public Property.  It is hereby found, determined, and declared that the creation of the Authority and the carrying out of its corporate purposes are in all respects for the benefit of the people of this state and that the Authority is an institution of purely public charity performing an essential governmental function and all property of said Authority (including the Authority's interest in any property held jointly with any other person) is hereby declared and shall in all respects be considered to be public property and title to such property shall be held by the Authority only for the benefit of the public and the use of such property pursuant to the terms of this act shall be and is hereby declared to be for essential public and governmental purposes, that is, for the promotion of public general welfare in the matter of providing an adequate, dependable and economic electric power supply in an effort to better the general condition of the residents of the State of Oklahoma, and all of the property of and income, obligations and interest on all the bonds and notes of the Authority and the transfer thereof shall be and hereby are declared to be nontaxable for any and all purposes by the State of Oklahoma or any of its political subdivisions.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 6, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981. der

§1124107.  Powers, Rights and Privileges of Authority.

Powers, Rights and Privileges of Authority.  (a)  The Authority shall have and is hereby authorized to exercise all powers, rights and privileges enumerated in this section.  Such powers, rights and privileges shall be exercised by its Board of Directors unless otherwise specifically provided herein or by the bylaws of the Authority as in effect from time to time.

(b)  The Authority may plan, finance, acquire, construct, reconstruct, own, lease, operate, maintain, repair, improve, extend or otherwise participate, individually or jointly with other persons, in one or more projects, proposed, existing or under construction, and may act as agent, or designate one or more persons, whether or not participating in a project, to act as its agent, in connection with the planning, financing, acquisition, construction, reconstruction, ownership, lease, operation, maintenance, repair, extension or improvement of the project.

(c)  The Authority may investigate the desirability of and necessity for additional sources and supplies of electrical energy and fuel and other supplies of any kind for such purpose, and make studies, surveys and estimates as may be necessary to determine the feasibility and cost thereof.

(d)  The Authority may cooperate with other persons in the development of sources and supplies of electrical energy and fuel and other supplies of any kind for such purposes, and give assistance with personnel and equipment in any project.

(e)  The Authority may apply to any person for consents, authorizations or approvals required for any project within its powers and take all actions necessary to comply with the conditions thereof.

(f)  The Authority may perform any act authorized by this act through, or by means of, its officers, agents or employees or by contract with any person, including, without limitation, the employment of engineers, architects, attorneys, appraisers, financial advisors and such other consultants and employees as may be required in the judgment of the Board of Directors, and fix and pay their compensation from funds available to the Authority therefor.

(g)  The Authority may acquire, hold, use and dispose of income, revenues, funds and money.

(h)  The Authority may, individually or jointly with other persons, acquire, own, hire, use, operate and dispose of personal property and any interest therein.

(i)  The Authority may, individually or jointly with other persons, acquire, own, use, lease as lessor or lessee, operate and dispose of real property and interests in real property, including projects existing, proposed or under construction, and make improvements thereon.

(j)  The Authority may grant the use by franchise, lease or otherwise and make charges for the use of any property or facility owned or controlled by it.

(k)  The Authority may borrow money and issue negotiable bonds, secured or unsecured, in accordance with this act.

(l)  The Authority may invest money of the Authority not required for immediate use, including proceeds from the sale of any bonds.

(m)  The Authority may exercise the power of eminent domain in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.

(n)  The Authority may determine the location and character of, and all other matters in connection with, any and all projects it is authorized to acquire, hold, establish, effectuate, operate or control.

(o)  The Authority may contract with any person for the planning, development, construction, operation, sale or lease as lessor or lessee of any project or for any interest therein, on such terms and for such period of time as its Board of Directors shall determine.

(p)  The Authority may contract with any eligible public agency, any public trust, or any other person for the sale of power and energy, transmission services, power supply development services or other services within or without the State of Oklahoma on such terms and conditions as the Board of Directors shall approve.  Any such contract may be for the sale of output and services of a particular project or may be for output and services generally without regard to a specific project and may be for the supply of a specific quantity of output or a percentage of the output of a specific project or other specific facility or may be based on the requirements of the purchaser or may be on such other terms and conditions as the Board of Directors deems appropriate.

(q)  The Authority may enter into any contract or agreement necessary, appropriate or incidental to the effectuation of its lawful purposes and the exercise of the powers granted by this act, including, without limitation, contracts or agreements for the purchase, sale, exchange, interchange, wheeling, pooling, transmission or storage of electric power and energy, and fuel and other supplies of any kind for any such purposes, within and without the State of Oklahoma, in such amounts as it shall determine to be necessary and appropriate to make the most effective use of its powers and to meet its responsibilities, on such terms and for such period of time as the Board of Directors determines.

(r)  In any case in which the Authority participates in a project as a joint owner with one or more persons, the Authority may enter into an agreement or agreements with respect to such project with the other person or persons participating therein, and any such agreement may contain such terms, conditions and provisions consistent with the provisions of the act as the parties thereto shall deem to be in their best interest.  Any such agreement may include, but need not be limited to, provisions defining what constitutes a default thereunder and providing for the rights and remedies of the parties thereto upon the occurrence of such a default deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors including, to the extent deemed appropriate, the acquisition by nondefaulting parties of all or any part of the defaulting party's interest; provisions setting forth such restraints on alienation of the interests of the parties in the project as the Board of Directors deems appropriate; provisions for the construction, operation and maintenance of such electric generation or transmission facility by any one or more of the parties to such agreement which party or parties shall be designated in or pursuant to such agreement as agent or parties thereto or by such other means as may be determined by the parties thereto; and provisions for a method or methods of determining and allocating, among or between the parties, costs of construction, operation, maintenance, renewals, replacements, improvements and disposals with respect to such project.  In exercising its power to participate in a project as a joint owner with one or more persons, the Authority may not loan its credit to any person which is a joint owner of such project; provided, however, the appropriate allocations of the costs of construction, operation, maintenance, renewals, replacements, improvements and disposals with respect to such project between the Authority and such persons shall not be a loan of credit by the Authority to such persons.  In carrying out its functions and activities as such agent with respect to construction, operation and maintenance of a project, such agent shall be governed by the laws and regulations applicable to such agent as a separate legal entity and not by any laws or regulations which may be applicable to any of the other participating parties. Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law to the contrary, pursuant to the terms of any such agreement, the Authority may delegate its powers and duties with respect to the construction, operation and maintenance of such project to the person acting as agent; and all actions taken by such agent in accordance with the provisions of such agreement may be made binding upon the Authority without further action or approval by the Authority.

(s)  The Authority may procure insurance against any losses in connection with its property, operations or assets in such amounts and from such insurers as it deems desirable, or may selfinsure against such losses.

(t)  The Authority may contract for and accept any gifts, grants or loans of funds or property or financial or other aid in any form from any person, and may comply, subject to the provisions of this act, with the terms and conditions thereof.

(u)  The Authority may adopt a corporate seal and may sue or be sued.

(v)  The Authority may exercise all other powers not inconsistent with the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma or the United States Constitution, which powers may be reasonably necessary or appropriate for or incidental to effectuate its authorized purposes or to the exercise of any of the powers enumerated in this act.

(w) Notwithstanding any other provision herein seemingly to the contrary, the Authority may not sell output (i) at retail to the ultimate consumers thereof, (ii) to any municipality which does not qualify as an eligible public agency under the definition set forth in Section 5(d) of this act, or (iii) to any trust created and existing under the provisions of the Local Industrial Development Act, as provided by Sections 651 et seq. of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes, or the Trusts for Furtherance of Public Functions Law, as provided by Sections 176 et seq. of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes, which does not qualify as a public trust under the definition set forth in Section 5(g) of this act.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 7, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124108.  Issuance of bonds.

A.  Purposes.  The Authority may issue bonds in such principal amounts as the Authority deems necessary to provide sufficient funds to perform any of its corporate purposes and powers including, without limitation, the acquisition, construction, or termination of any project to be owned or leased, as lessor or lessee, by the Authority or the acquisition of any interest therein or any right to the products or services thereof, the funding or refunding of the principal of, redemption premium, if any, and interest on, any bonds issued by the Authority whether the bonds or interest to be funded or refunded have or have not become due, the payment of engineering, legal, and other expenses, together with interest subsequent to the estimated date of completion of the project for such period of time as the Board of Directors determines appropriate, the establishment or increase of reserves to secure or to pay the bonds or interest thereon, the providing of working capital, and the payment of, and the establishment or increase of reserves for, all other costs or expenses of the Authority incident to, and necessary or convenient to perform, its corporate purposes and powers.

B.  Security for Bonds.  Every issue of bonds of the Authority shall be payable out of the revenues or funds of the Authority, subject to any agreements with the holders of particular bonds pledging any particular revenues or funds.  The Authority may issue such types of bonds as it may determine to be appropriate, including bonds as to which the principal and interest are payable exclusively from the revenues from one or more projects, or from an interest therein or a right to the products and services thereof, or from one or more revenueproducing contracts made by the Authority with any person, or its revenues generally.  Any such bonds may be additionally secured by a pledge or assignment of any revenueproducing contracts made by the Authority with any person or of any grant, subsidy, or contribution from any person or a pledge of any income or revenues, funds, or monies of the Authority from any source.

C.  Negotiability.  All bonds of the Authority shall have all the qualities of negotiable instruments pursuant to the laws of this state.

D.  Bond Provisions.  Bonds of the Authority shall be authorized by a resolution adopted by a majority of the members of the Board of Directors then in office and may be issued pursuant to said bond resolution or pursuant to a trust indenture or other security agreement, in one or more series, and shall bear such date or dates, mature at such time or times, bear interest at such rate or rates which may be fixed or may change at such time or times and in accordance with such formula or method of determination, provided that the interest cost of the money received from the sale of the bonds computed to maturity in accordance with standard bond tables in general use by banks and insurance companies shall not exceed the prime rate of interest of the Oklahoma bank with which the Authority has its primary banking relationship as of the date of sale of the bonds, and provided further that in any event such interest cost shall not exceed the average annual rate of fourteen percent (14%). Said bonds shall also be in such form, either coupon or registered, carry such conversion, registration, and exchange privileges, have such rank or priority, be executed in such manner, be payable in such medium of payment at such place or places within or without this state, be subject to such terms of redemption with or without premium, and contain or be subject to such other terms as the bond resolution, trust indenture, or other security agreement may provide.  Said bonds shall not be restricted by the provisions of any other law limiting the amounts, maturities, interest rates, or other terms of obligations of eligible public agencies or private persons.  The bonds shall be sold, in such manner as the Board of Directors shall determine, at public or private sale.  The Board of Directors may also authorize bonds to be issued and sold from time to time and may delegate to such officer or agent of the Authority as the Board of Directors selects the power to determine the time and manner of sale, public or private, the maturities and rate or rates of interest which may be fixed or may vary at such time or times and in accordance with a specified formula or method of determination, provided that the interest cost of the money received from the sale of the bonds computed to maturity in accordance with standard bond tables in general use by banks and insurance companies shall not exceed the maximum rate of interest provided for in this section.  Said bonds shall be subject to such other terms and conditions deemed appropriate by said officer or agent; provided, however, that the amounts and maturities of, and the interest rate or rates not exceeding the maximum rate of interest provided for in this section on, said bonds shall be within the limits prescribed by the Board of Directors in its resolution delegating to said officer or agent the power to authorize the sale and issuance of said bonds.  E.  Execution of Bonds.  Bonds of the Authority may be issued and delivered notwithstanding the fact that one or more of the officers executing them shall have ceased to hold office at the time the bonds are actually delivered.

F.  Temporary Bonds.  Pending preparation of definitive bonds, the Authority may issue temporary bonds which shall be exchanged for the definitive bonds.

G.  Consents.  Bonds of the Authority may be issued pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Act without obtaining the consent of any department, division, commission, board, bureau, or agency of this state and without any other proceeding, condition, or occurrence except as specifically required by the provisions of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Act.

H.  Official Statement, Prospectus or Offering Document; Filing.  At least five (5) business days prior to the delivery of and payment for any bonds, there shall be filed with the Secretary of State a preliminary copy of the official statement, prospectus, or other offering document pertaining to the issuance.  Prior to the expiration of fifteen (15) business days following said bond delivery and payment, there shall be filed with the Secretary of State and the Oklahoma Securities Commission a copy, in final form, of said official statement, prospectus, or other offering document. If no official statement, prospectus, or other offering document is used in connection with the sale of said bonds, in lieu thereof there shall be filed a copy of the draft and final proceedings of the Authority authorizing the sale and issuance of the bonds.

I.  Resolution Constitutes a Contract.  The bond resolution, trust indenture, or other security agreement pursuant to which any bonds are issued shall constitute a contract with the holders of the bonds and may contain provisions including but not limited to:

1.  The terms and provisions of the bonds;

2.  The pledge and grant of a security interest in any personal property and in all or any part of the revenue from any project or any revenueproducing contract made by the Authority with any person to secure the payment of bonds, subject to any agreements with the holders of bonds which might then exist;

3.  The custody, collection, securing, investment, and payment of any revenues, assets, money, funds, or property with respect to which the Authority may have any rights or interest;

4.  The rates or charges for electrical energy or other services rendered by the Authority, the amount to be raised by the rates or charges, and the use and disposition of any or all revenue;  5.  The creation of reserves or sinking funds and the regulation and disposition thereof;

6.  The purposes to which the proceeds from the sale of any bonds then or thereafter to be issued may be applied, and the pledge or revenues to secure the payment of the bonds;

7.  The limitations on the issuance of any additional bonds, the terms upon which additional bonds may be issued and secured, and the refunding of outstanding bonds;

8.  The rank or priority of any bonds with respect to any lien or security;

9.  The creation of special funds or monies to be held in trust or otherwise for operational expenses, payment, or redemption of bonds, reserves, or other purposes, and the use and disposition of monies held in said funds;

10.  The procedure by which the terms of any contract with or for the benefit of the holders of bonds may be amended or revised, the amount of bonds the holders of which must consent thereto, and the manner in which consent may be given;

11.  The definition of the acts or omissions to act which shall constitute a default in the duties of the Authority to holders of its bonds, and the rights and remedies of the holders in the event of default, including, if the Authority so determines, the right to accelerate the due date of the bonds or the right to appoint a receiver or receivers of the property or revenues subject to the lien of the bond resolution, trust indenture, or other security agreement;

12.  Any additional agreements with or for the benefit of the holders of bonds or any covenants or restrictions necessary or desirable to safeguard the interest of the holders;

13.  The custody of its properties or investments, the safekeeping thereof, the insurance to be carried thereon, and the use and disposition of insurance proceeds;

14.  The vesting in a trustee or trustees, within or without this state, of such properties, rights, powers, and duties in trust as the Authority may determine, or the limiting or abrogating of the rights of the holders of any bonds to appoint a trustee, or the limiting of the rights, powers, and duties of said trustee; or

15.  The appointment of and the establishment of the duties and obligations of, any paying agent or other fiduciary within or without this state.

J.  Any pledge of revenues, securities, contract rights, or other personal property made by the Authority pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Act shall be valid and binding from the date the pledge is made.  The revenues, securities, contract rights, or other personal property so pledged and then held or thereafter received by the Authority or any fiduciary shall immediately be subject to the lien of the pledge without any physical delivery thereof or further act, and the lien of the pledge shall be valid and binding against all parties having claims of any kind in tort, contract, or otherwise against the Authority without regard to whether said parties have notice of the lien.  The bond resolution, trust indenture, security agreement, or other instrument by which a pledge is created need not be filed or recorded in any manner.

K.  Neither the officials, directors, members of the Authority, or any person executing bonds shall be liable personally on the bonds or be subject to any personal liability or accountability by reason of the issuance thereof.  The Authority shall have power to indemnify and to purchase and maintain insurance on behalf of any director, officer, employee, or agent of the Authority, in connection with any threatened, pending, or completed action, suit, or proceeding.

L.  The Authority shall have power to purchase bonds out of any funds available therefor, and to hold, pledge, cancel, or retire the bonds and coupons prior to maturity, subject to and in accordance with any agreements with the holders.

M.  The principal of, premium, if any, and interest upon any bonds issued by the Authority shall be payable solely from the revenues or funds pledged or available for their payment as authorized by the provisions of the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority Act.  Each bond shall contain a statement that it constitutes an obligation of the Authority, that the principal thereof, premium, if any, and interest thereon are payable solely from revenues or funds of the Authority and that neither the State of Oklahoma or any political subdivision thereof, or any eligible public agency or public trust which has contracted with the Authority, is obligated to pay the principal of, premium, if any, or interest on the bonds and that neither the faith and credit or the taxing power of the State of Oklahoma or any such political subdivision thereof or of any such eligible public agency or public trust is pledged to the payment of the principal of, premium, if any, or the interest on the bonds.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 310, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.


§1124109.  Judicial Determination by Supreme Court of Validity of Bonds, Contracts and Other Acts  Notice.

Judicial Determination by Supreme Court of Validity of Bonds, Contracts and Other ActsNotice.  The Authority is authorized in its discretion to file an application with the Supreme Court of Oklahoma for approval by said court of any bonds to be issued under this act, or to file a petition for a judgment determining the validity of any proposed contract or action arising from the exercise of any of the powers, rights, privileges and functions conferred upon the Authority, eligible public agencies or public trusts under this act; and exclusive original jurisdiction is hereby conferred upon the Supreme Court to hear and determine each such application or petition.  It shall be the duty of the court to give such applications and petitions precedence over the other civil business of the court except habeas corpus proceedings, and to consider and pass upon the applications and petitions and any protests which may be filed thereto as speedily as possible.  Notice of the hearing on each application and petition shall be given by a notice published in a newspaper of general circulation in the state that on a day named the Authority will ask the court to hear its application and approve the bonds, or hear its petition and enter a declaratory judgment.  Such notice shall inform property owners, taxpayers, ratepayers, citizens and all persons having or claiming any right, title or interest in such matter or properties or funds to be affected by the issuance of such bonds, or proposed contract or action, or affected in any way thereby, that they may file protests against the issuance of the bonds, the validity of the contracts or action, or the declaratory judgment, and be present at the hearings and contest the legality thereof.  Such notice shall be published one time not less than ten (10) days prior to the date named for the hearing and the hearing may be adjourned from time to time in the discretion of the court.  If the court shall be satisfied that the bonds have been properly authorized in accordance with this act and that, when issued, they will constitute valid obligations in accordance with their terms, the court shall render its written opinion approving the bonds, and shall, upon application of the Authority, also issue an order permanently enjoining all persons described in the aforesaid notice from thereafter instituting any action or proceeding contesting the validity of such bonds, or of the rates, fees or charges authorized to be charged for the payment thereof, or the pledge of revenues, monies, securities, contract rights or other personal property to secure such payment, and shall fix the time within which a petition for rehearing may be filed.  If the court shall be satisfied that the proposed contract or action is in accordance with this act, the court shall enter a judgment approving and declaring such contract or action to be valid, and shall, upon application of the Authority, also issue an order permanently enjoining all persons described in the aforesaid notice from thereafter instituting any action or proceeding contesting the validity of such contract or action, and shall fix the time within which the petition for rehearing may be filed.  The decision of the court shall be a judicial determination of the validity of the bonds, shall be conclusive as to the Authority, its officers and agents, and thereafter the bonds so approved and the revenues, monies, securities, contract rights or other personal property pledged to their payments shall be incontestable in any court in the State of Oklahoma, and any declaratory judgment on any contract or action of the Authority, any eligible public agency or any public trust entered pursuant to this section shall have the force and effect of a final judgment or decree.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 9, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124110.  Eminent Domain.

Eminent Domain.  Except as otherwise provided by this act, the Authority may acquire all real or personal property that it deems necessary for carrying out the purposes of this act, whether in fee simple absolute or a lesser interest, by condemnation and the exercise of the power of eminent domain in the manner and by like proceedings as provided by general law with respect to condemnation. The Authority shall never have power of eminent domain with respect to any real or personal property or interest therein at the time owned or leased by any person as part of a system, whether existing, under construction or being planned, or facilities for the generation, transmission, production or distribution of electrical power.  The authority of the Authority to acquire real or personal property by condemnation or the exercise of the power of eminent domain shall be a continuing power, and no exercise thereof shall exhaust it.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 10, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124111.  Legal Investments.

Legal Investments.  The bonds herein authorized are hereby made securities in which all public officers and bodies of this state and all political subdivisions, all insurance companies and associations, and other persons carrying on an insurance business, all banks, bankers, trust companies, savings banks and savings associations, including savings and loan associations, building and loan associations, investment companies and other persons carrying on a banking business, all administrators, guardians, executors, trustees and other fiduciaries and all other persons whatsoever who are now or may hereafter be authorized to invest in bonds or other obligations of the state may properly and legally invest funds including capital in their control or belonging to them.  The bonds are also hereby made securities which may be deposited with and shall be received by all public officers and bodies of this state and all political subdivisions for any purpose for which deposit of bonds or other obligations of this state is now or may hereafter be authorized.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 11, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124112.  Powers of Eligible Public Agencies and Public Trusts.

Powers of Eligible Public Agencies and Public Trusts.

(a)  In order to accomplish the purposes of this act, any eligible public agency, subject to the restrictions of Article 10, Sections 17, 26 and 27 of the Constitution of the State of Oklahoma, or any public trust may enter into and carry out contracts and agreements for the purchase from the Authority of power and energy, transmission services, power supply development services and other services.

(i)  Each such contract and agreement shall be for such period and shall contain such other terms, conditions and provisions, not inconsistent with the provisions of this act, as the Board of Directors of the Authority shall approve, including, without limitation, provisions whereby the eligible public agency or public trust is obligated to pay for the products and services of the Authority without setoff or counterclaim and irrespective of whether such products or services are furnished, made available or delivered to the eligible public agency or public trust or whether any project contemplated by any such contract and agreement is completed, operable or operating, and notwithstanding suspension, interruption, interference, reduction or curtailment of the products and services of such project.

(ii)  Each such contract and agreement may be pledged by the Authority to secure its obligations and may provide that if one or more eligible public agencies or public trusts defaults in the payment of its obligations under such contract and agreement, the remaining eligible public agencies and public trusts having such contracts and agreements shall be required to pay for and shall be entitled proportionately to use or otherwise dispose of the products and services which were to be purchased by the defaulting eligible public agency or public trust.

(iii)  Each such contract and agreement shall be a limited obligation of an eligible public agency or public trust payable from and may be secured by a pledge of, and lien and charge upon, all or any part of the revenues derived or to be derived from the ownership and operation of its electric or other integrated utility system as and, if so provided in such contract or agreement, shall be an expense of operation and maintenance thereof, and shall not constitute an indebtedness of such eligible public agency or public trust for the purpose of any statutory limitation.

(iv)  Nothing in this act shall be construed to preclude an eligible public agency or public trust from appropriating and using taxes and other revenues received in any year to make payments due or to comply with covenants to be performed during that year under any contract or agreement entered into as contemplated in this act.

(b) Any such contract or agreement may include provisions for the sale of output and services of a particular project or for output and services generally without regard to a specific project and for the supply of a specific quantity of output or a percentage of the output of a specific project or other specific facilities or for the supply of output based upon the requirements of the purchaser and on such other terms and conditions as the Board of Directors and the contracting or agreeing party deem appropriate.

(c) In the event of any failure or refusal on the part of the eligible public agency or public trust to perform punctually any covenant or obligation contained in any such contract, the Authority may enforce performance by any legal or equitable process, including specific performance.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 12, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981. de

§1124113.  Rents, Rates and Other Charges; Corporation Commission Exemption.

Rents, Rates and Other Charges; Corporation Commission Exemption.  The Authority may establish, levy and collect or may authorize, by contract, franchise, lease or otherwise, the establishment, levying and collection of rents, rates and other charges for the products and services afforded by the Authority or by or in connection with any project which it may construct, acquire, own, operate or control or with respect to which it may have any interest or any right to the products and services thereof as it may deem necessary, proper, desirable or reasonable.  Rents, rates and other charges shall be at least sufficient to meet the operation, maintenance and other expenses thereof, including reasonable reserves, interest and principal payments, including payments into one or more sinking funds for the retirement of principal, to comply with all terms and provisions of the bond resolution, trust indenture or other security agreement relating to the bonds issued in connection with any project, to accumulate any excess income which may be required by the purchasers of such bonds or may be dictated by the requirements of such bond resolution, trust indenture or security agreement for achieving ready marketability of and low interest on such bonds and to generate funds sufficient to fulfill the terms of any other contracts or agreements made by the Authority.  The Authority may pledge its rates, rents and other revenue, or any part thereof, as security for the repayment, with interest and premium, if any, of any monies borrowed by it or advanced to it for any of its authorized purposes and as security for the payment of amounts due and owing by it under any contract.

The Authority shall be exempt in any and all respects from the jurisdiction or control of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. Nothing herein shall be construed as depriving the State of Oklahoma of its power to regulate and control fees and/or charges to be collected for the use of any products and services afforded by the Authority, provided, that the State of Oklahoma does hereby pledge to and agree with the purchasers and successive holders of the bonds issued hereunder that the state will not limit or alter the power hereby vested in the Authority to establish, levy and collect such rents, rates and other charges as will produce revenue sufficient to meet the operation, maintenance and other expenses set forth in the preceding paragraph of this Section 13, or in any way to impair the rights or remedies of the holders of the bonds, or of any person in their behalf, until the bonds, together with the interest thereon, with interest on unpaid installments of interest and all costs and expenses in connection with any action or proceedings by or on behalf of the bondholders and all other obligations of the Authority in connection with such bonds are fully met and discharged.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 13, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124114.  Acquisition and Construction Contracts.

Acquisition and Construction Contracts.  The Authority shall be subject to the provisions of the Public Competitive Bidding Act, as provided by Sections 101 et seq. of Title 61 of the Oklahoma Statutes, provided, however, where the Authority is purchasing an undivided interest in a project that is being constructed or operated by another person, the initial purchase of such interest by the Authority and any contracts entered into by such person while acting as agent for the Authority in connection with such project shall not be subject to the provisions of such act.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 14, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124115.  Financial statements - Filing.

Within ninety (90) days following the closing of each fiscal year, the Authority shall cause to be prepared certified financial statements which shall be filed with the State Auditor and Inspector and with the Director of State Finance in accordance with the requirements for financial statement audits in Section 212A of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Added by Laws 1981, c. 218, § 15, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  Amended by Laws 1996, c. 290, § 1, eff. July 1, 1996.


§1124116.  Meetings and Records.

Meetings and Records.  All meetings of the Authority shall be subject to the provisions of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, as provided by Sections 301 et seq. of Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  All records of the Authority shall be subject to the provisions of Section 24 of Title 51 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 16, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124117.  Construction.

Construction.  This act and all the terms and provisions hereof shall be liberally construed to effectuate the purposes set forth herein; provided however, nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize the Authority to loan its credit to any investorowned utility nor to acquire or subsidize any nuclear powered generating plant.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 17, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124118.  Powers Declared Supplementary.

Powers Declared Supplementary.  The provisions of this act shall be regarded as supplementary and additional to and cumulative of powers conferred by other laws and shall not be regarded as being in derogation of any powers now existing.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 19, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981. d

§1124119.  Irrevocable Contracts.

Irrevocable Contract.  While any of the bonds issued by the Authority shall remain outstanding or while the Authority has any undischarged duties or obligations under any contract or agreement, including obligations to any joint owner of any project, the powers, duties or existence of the Authority or of its officers, employees or agents shall not be diminished, impaired or affected in any manner which will affect adversely the interest and right of the owners of such bonds or the persons to whom such duties or obligations are owed under such contracts or agreements.  The provisions of this act shall be for the benefit of the state, the Authority, every owner of the Authority's bonds and every other person to whom the Authority owes a duty or is obligated by contract or agreement and, upon and after the issuance of bonds under the provisions of this act, shall constitute an irrevocable contract by the state with the owners of such bonds and the other persons to whom the Authority owes a duty or is obligated by such contracts or agreements.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 19, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124120.  Personnel to be Included in Unclassified Service.

Personnel to be Included in Unclassified Service.  In addition to those officers and positions in the unclassified service of the state as now provided by law, all personnel of the Authority shall be included in the unclassified service of the state.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 20, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1124121.  Partial Invalidity.

Partial Invalidity.  If any provision of this act or the application thereof to any person or circumstance shall be held to be invalid, the remainder of the act, and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected thereby.

Laws 1981, c. 218, § 26, emerg. eff. June 2, 1981.  

§1126101.  Authority to purchase and regulate.

A municipal governing body shall have the power to purchase, lay out and regulate cemeteries.  The powers over cemeteries which are granted to a municipal governing body in this section include, but are not limited to, cemeteries used or dedicated for interment of animal remains.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126102.  Power to acquire and control land for cemeteries.

A municipal governing body may acquire, by purchase, donation or otherwise, and control lots or parcels of land within and without the limits of the municipality as the governing body deems necessary for cemetery purposes.  When lots or parcels are so acquired, the title shall vest in the municipality.  The governing body may subdivide or plat any of the lots or lands into suitable parcels for burial purposes and make such disposition thereof as will in the judgment of the governing body best serve the purpose for which they were acquired.  Any lands so acquired shall thereafter be exempt from taxation, and the governing body may pay and discharge any assessments against the lands for the improvement of streets or the construction of sewers.  The governing body shall provide for the grading, fencing, ornamenting and improving of all burial and cemetery grounds owned by the municipality and the avenues leading thereto, and may construct walks and plant and protect ornamental trees and shrubs therein, and provide for paying the cost thereof.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26102, eff. July 1, 1978. Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126103.  Conveyance of cemetery lots  Abandoned lots.

Lots in a municipal cemetery shall be conveyed by certificate signed by the mayor and countersigned by the clerk, under the seal of the municipality.  The certificate shall show the price for which the lots are sold and specify that the person to whom it is issued is the owner of the lot or lots described therein by number, as laid down in the plat, for the purpose of interment.  The certificate shall vest in the purchaser and his heirs a right to the lot or lots, for the sole purpose of interment, under the regulations of the governing body or board of cemetery trustees.  The certificate shall be entitled to record in the office of the county clerk of the county in which the lot is situated without further acknowledgment, and the description of lots by number shall be sufficient for the purpose of record.  All abandoned lots or spaces of lots shall revert to the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-26-104.  Conveyance or devise of lot in trust.

Any burial lot in any cemetery owned by a municipality, or by an association incorporated for cemetery purposes under the laws of Oklahoma, may be conveyed or devised by the owner back to and held by such company, municipality, or association in perpetual trust for the purpose of its preservation as a place of burial.  The lot so conveyed shall thereafter remain forever inalienable by act of the parties, but the right to use the same as a place of burial of the dead of the family of the owner and his descendants from generation to generation shall remain, unless the deed of conveyance in trust shall provide that interments in such lot shall be confined to the bodies of specified persons, in which case the lot shall be forever preserved as the burial place of the persons specified in the deed and shall never be used for any other purpose whatever.  However, no conveyance in trust shall be made without the consent of the cemetery company or association in whose cemetery the burial lot is located, or of the governing body or board of cemetery trustees of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26104, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1126105.  Rules and ordinances  Penalties and fines.

The governing body may pass rules and ordinances to regulate, protect, and govern the cemetery, the owners of the lots therein, visitors therein, and to punish trespassers therein.  The governing body may limit the number of lots which may be owned by one person, corporation or association at the same time, and may prescribe rules for enclosing, adorning and erecting monuments and tombstones on cemetery lots; but no religious test shall be made as to the ownership of lots, the burial therein, or the ornamentation of graves or lots.  The governing body may prohibit any division of the use of lots and any improper adornment thereof.  The officers of the municipality shall have full jurisdiction and power to enforce such rules and ordinances as if they related to the municipality itself. Penalties and fines not exceeding One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or thirty (30) days in jail may be imposed for violation of such rules and ordinances.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126106.  Board of cemetery trustees  Appointment and creation.

Where a cemetery is owned by a municipality, the governing body may provide by ordinance for the creation and appointment of a board of cemetery trustees.  The board of cemetery trustees shall consist of three (3) members.  The term of each member shall be six (6) years, except that when the board is first appointed, one member shall serve a term of two (2) years, one member shall serve a term of four (4) years, and one member shall serve a term of six (6) years.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126107.  Powers and duties of cemetery trustees.

The board of cemetery trustees shall have charge of and control of the municipal cemetery, and shall be authorized to:

1.  Make rules and regulations governing the management, improvement and establishment of the cemetery;

2.  Fix the price for which lots shall be sold or for which an interment shall be made; and

3.  Appoint all officers necessary for the control and management of cemeteries, including a cemetery superintendent, subject to the approval of the municipal governing body.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126108.  Cemetery expenses and collections.

All monies received by the board of cemetery trustees from the sale of lots or from interments or from any other source shall be paid daily to the municipal treasurer, who shall deposit the same in the municipal treasury.  Expenses incurred for the upkeep, repair, and adornment of the municipal cemetery may be paid by the municipal treasurer upon proper warrants.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 51, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1126109.  Cemetery Care Fund  Purchase of lands  Investment of fund.

In all municipally owned cemeteries where lots are sold or charges made for interments, not less than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%) of all monies received from the sale of lots and interments shall be segregated and set aside as a permanent fund to be known as the "Cemetery Care Fund".  The Cemetery Care Fund principal shall be expended for purchasing lands for cemeteries and for making capital improvements as defined in Section 17-110 of this title, if necessary.  The balance of the fund may be invested in the manner provided by law for investment of municipal funds.  The interest from the investments shall be used for the same purposes as the principal or in improving, caring for, and embellishing the lots, walks, drives, parks, and other necessary improvements on such cemeteries.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26-109, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 52, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 14, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1993, c. 23, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.


§1126110.  Reports of the cemetery board of trustees.

The board of cemetery trustees shall, on the first Mondays in January and July of each year, make a full report to the municipal governing body of all lots sold, interments made, and all moneys received and expended by the board in and about the cemetery.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126111.  Lien on cemetery lots for upkeep charges  Enforcement.

A.  Any municipality which owns a cemetery, or any board of cemetery trustees of a cemetery owned by an association incorporated for cemetery purposes under the laws of Oklahoma, shall have a lien on any unused lot when a written contract provides for upkeep payments on such lot and the upkeep payments have been unpaid for a continuous period of five (5) years.  Where more than one lot has been purchased in a group of lots, and at least one of the lots has been used in that group of lots, the provisions of this section shall not apply.

B.  After filing the lien with the clerk of the district court in the county in which the cemetery lot is situated, the lien may be enforced by civil action.  The practice, pleading and proceedings for foreclosure in such action shall conform to the rules prescribed by the code of civil procedure as far as they may be applicable.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26111, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126112.  Removal of remains to other gravesites  Unmarked graves.

When the bodily remains of an unknown person are discovered in an unidentified and unmarked grave of a municipally owned and operated cemetery, the remains may be removed to some other gravesite within the cemetery, at the expense of the municipality, if no record exists as to a sale or conveyance of the lot and the municipality is without knowledge that a body had been buried in the gravesite, in the event the lot is sold to another person.  An application for approval of the disinterment and removal of the bodily remains shall be first filed with, and approval obtained from, the State Health Department.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26112, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126201.  Trusts for special care of specified lots  Perpetual care fund  Use.

Donations, deposits or bequests may be made in trust for the special care of specified lots, monuments or mausoleums in any cemetery.  These funds shall be segregated and set aside as a permanent fund to be known as the "Perpetual Care Fund".  A separate account shall be kept of each amount so deposited, donated and bequeathed for special care of specified lots.  The perpetual care fund may be invested in like manner as the cemetery care fund, and only the interest derived from the fund shall be used in the care, maintenance and repair of such lots, monuments and mausoleums, unless otherwise specified by the donor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26201, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126202.  Trustee of perpetual care fund  Appointment  Duties.

Any municipality which owns a cemetery, or twentyfive of the lot owners in the cemetery, may petition the district court in the county where the cemetery is situated for the appointment of a trustee to be the trustee of the perpetual care fund.  The trustee of the fund shall receive the perpetual care funds, as provided in Section 26201 of this title, and any other funds which may be donated, deposited or bequeathed to the cemetery or any part thereof, as a perpetual care fund.  The trustee shall invest, manage and control the fund under the direction of the judge of the district court.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26202, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126203.  Perpetual care fund receipts  Cemetery records.

Every trustee of a perpetual care fund shall execute and deliver to the donor a receipt showing the amount of money received, and the use to be made of the net proceeds from the money.  The receipts shall be attested by the clerk of the court granting letters of trusteeship and a copy thereof shall be signed by the trustees of the cemetery board.  The receipts so attested shall then be filed with and recorded by the court clerk in a book to be known as the "Cemetery Records," in which shall be recorded all reports and other papers, including orders made by the court or judge relative to cemetery matters.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26203, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126204.  Perpetual care fund loans  Approval.

The perpetual care fund trustee may loan moneys received by him under the direction and with the approval of the court, but only as such loans may be secured by first mortgages upon Oklahoma real estate.  No loan shall be made or approved unless it be made to appear to the court that the real estate is ample security for the loan applied for, and that the title to the real estate is good of record and in fact in the party making application for the loan.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26204, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126205.  Bond and oath of perpetual care fund trustee.

The trustee of the perpetual care fund, before entering on the discharge of his duties or at any time thereafter when required by the court or judge, shall give bond in such amount as may be required by the court, to be approved by the court clerk, conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties imposed upon the trustee by law.  The trustee shall take and subscribe an oath the same in substance as the condition of the bond.  The oath and bond shall be filed with the court clerk.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26205, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126206.  Clerk to advise court on sufficiency of trustee's bond.

The court clerk, at the time of filing each receipt as provided in Section 26203 of this title, shall immediately advise the court or judge as to the amount of the principal fund in the hands of the trustee, the amount of bond filed, and whether or not the bond is good and sufficient for the amount given.  The court or judge may require, if it seems best, a new and additional bond of the perpetual care fund trustee.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26206, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126207.  Payment of trustee's expenses.

The trustee of a perpetual care fund shall not be entitled to receive any compensation for services rendered, but may, out of the income received, pay all proper items of expense incurred in the performance of his duties, including cost of bond, if any.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26207, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126208.  Trustee reports.

Every perpetual care fund trustee shall make a full report to the district court of his doings in the matter of his trusteeship in the months of January and July following his appointment, and in January and July of each successive year.  In each of the reports he shall apportion the net proceeds received from the sum total of the permanent fund and make proper credit to each of the separate funds assigned to him in trust.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26208, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1126209.  Removal or death of trustee.

A perpetual care fund trustee may be removed by the court or judge thereof at any time for cause.  In the event of removal or death, the court or judge must appoint a new trustee and require his predecessor or his personal representative to make full accounting for all the property belonging to the trustee.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 26209, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127101.  Creation of municipal court not of record.

A municipality may create a Municipal Court, as provided in this article, which shall be a court not of record.  This court may be created in addition to a Municipal Criminal Court of Record. References in Sections 27101 through 27131 of this title to the municipal court shall mean the municipal court not of record established under the authority of the provisions of this article.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127102.  Resolution of governing body.

Before a municipal court not of record may be put into operation, the municipal governing body shall determine by resolution that the efficient disposition of cases involving the violation of municipal ordinances necessitates putting the court into operation.  The governing body shall cause a certified copy of the resolution to be filed in the office of the county clerk of each county in which the municipality is located.  The resolution and the filing thereof shall be judicially noticed in all courts of this state.

Amended by Laws 1988, c. 21, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1988. d

§1127103.  Jurisdiction.

The municipal court shall have original jurisdiction to hear and determine all prosecutions wherein a violation of any ordinance of the municipality where the court is established is charged.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-27-104.  Judges.

A.  The number of judges for each municipal court shall be determined by the governing body of the municipality where the court is established.  The judge of each municipal court shall be appointed by the mayor of the municipality where the court is established, with the consent of the municipal governing body.  The judge of any municipal court shall be licensed to practice law in Oklahoma, except as provided for in subsections B and C of this section.  He shall serve for a term of two (2) years, said term expiring on a date fixed by ordinance, and until his successor is appointed and qualified, unless removed by the vote of a majority of all members of the governing body for such cause as is provided for by law for the removal of public officers.  Any appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the unexpired term.  Except in cities with a population of more than two hundred thousand (200,000), nothing in the provisions of this section shall be construed to prevent the judge from engaging in the practice of law in any other court during his tenure of office.  The judge shall be paid a salary to be fixed by the municipal governing body.  He shall be paid in the same manner as other municipal officials.

B.  In any municipality with a population of less than seven thousand five hundred (7,500), the mayor, with the consent of the governing body of the municipality, may appoint as judge:

1.  An attorney licensed to practice law in Oklahoma, who resides in the county in which the municipality is located or in an adjacent county; or

2.  An attorney licensed to practice law in Oklahoma who maintains a permanent office in the municipality; or

3.  Any suitable person who resides in the county in which the municipality is located or in an adjacent county.

C.  In any municipality with a population of seven thousand five hundred (7,500) or more, if no attorney licensed to practice law in Oklahoma resides in the county or in an adjacent county in which the municipality is located, who is at the time of appointment willing to accept the appointment as judge, the mayor, with the consent of the governing body of the municipality, may appoint any suitable and proper person as judge.

D.  If the judge of the municipal court is not a licensed attorney and has not complied with the education requirements pursuant to subsection F of this section and the education requirements pursuant to Section 18-101 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the trial shall be to the court, and the court may not impose a fine of more than Fifty Dollars ($50.00), and may not order the defendant imprisoned except for the nonpayment of fines or costs or both.

E.  If the judge of the municipal court is not a licensed attorney but has complied with the education requirements of subsection F of this section and the education requirements pursuant to Section 18-101 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the maximum fine that may be imposed shall be Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).

F.  In order to impose the fine authorized by subsection E of this section, a nonlawyer judge must, within a period not to exceed the preceding reporting period in this state for mandatory continuing legal education, complete courses held for municipal judges which have been approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association Mandatory Legal Education Commission for at least six (6) hours of continuing education credit.  Verification may be made by a statement of attendance signed by the course registration personnel.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27-104, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1982, c. 157, § 2; Laws 1983, c. 293, § 2, operative Oct. 1, 1983; Laws 1984, c. 32, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1996, c. 245, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996; Laws 2004, c. 173, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2004; Laws 2005, c. 386, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.


§1127105.  Prohibition on change of venue  Disqualification of judge.

No change of venue shall be allowed from any municipal court, but the judge of the municipal court may be disqualified under the same terms and conditions as are now provided by law for courts of record, and in case of such disqualification a special judge shall be appointed as provided in Section 27104 of this title.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127106.  Acting judge  Alternate judge  Compensation.

In the event of disqualification of the judge in a particular case, or his absence or inability to act, the mayor of the municipality may appoint some person, qualified as provided in Section 27104 of this title, as acting municipal judge of the court in the place of the judge during his absence or inability to act or in a case wherein the judge is disqualified; or, in its discretion, the municipal governing body may provide by ordinance for the appointment of an alternate judge of the court, in the same manner and for the same term as the judge and possessing the qualifications prescribed by Section 27104 of this title, who shall sit as acting judge of the court in case of the absence, inability or disqualification of the judge.  If both the judge and the alternate judge are unable to sit, the mayor may appoint an acting judge as provided in this section.  The municipal governing body, by ordinance, shall provide for the compensation of an acting judge of the court.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127107.  Vacancies in office of judge.

Vacancies in the office of the judge of any municipal court shall be filled in the same manner as provided for the appointment of the judge in the first instance.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127108.  Municipal attorney as prosecutor.

The municipal attorney of each municipality where a municipal court is established may be the prosecutor of the municipal court. The prosecutor shall have full power to prosecute for the violations of any ordinance of the municipality in the municipal court and shall have the power to prosecute and resist appeals and proceedings in error and review from the municipal court.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 53, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1127109.  Clerk of court  Duties.

The municipal clerk of any municipality where a municipal court is established, or a designated deputy shall be the clerk of the municipal court unless the governing body establishes or authorizes a position of chief municipal court officer to serve as court clerk.

The court clerk shall have authority to carry out the duties of the position as required by law; provided, that the person who serves as court clerk may separately perform other duties for the municipality.  The clerk of the court shall:

1.  Assist the judge in recording the proceedings of the court, preparation of writs, processes, or other papers;

2.  Administer oaths required in judicial or other proceedings before the court;

3.  Be responsible for the entry of all pleadings, processes, and proceedings in the dockets of the court;

4.  Perform such other clerical duties in relation to the proceedings of the court as the judge shall direct; and

5.  Receive and give receipt for and disburse or deliver to the municipal treasurer all fines, forfeitures, fees, deposits, and sums of money properly payable to the municipal court.  Such funds and sums of money while in the custody of the clerk shall be deposited and disbursed upon vouchers as directed by the municipal governing body.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27109, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 15, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1995, c. 166, § 2, emerg. eff. May 4, 1995.


§1127110.  Court marshal  Duties.

The municipal governing body, upon the recommendation of the judge of the municipal court, may designate any appropriate person who is a resident of the municipality to serve as marshal, and in the absence of such a designation, the chief of police or corresponding officer of the municipality shall be ex officio marshal of the court.  The marshal shall execute any writs and other process directed to him, except as herein otherwise provided, and such duty may be performed by any deputy marshal or by any members of the police force of the municipality, as the case may be.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127111.  Bond of clerk and judge  Form.

A.  The clerk of each municipal court shall give bond to the governing body of the municipality where the court is established. The bond shall be approved by the governing body and shall be in an amount to be fixed by the governing body.  The bond shall be in substance as follows:

I, ___________, clerk of the Municipal Court of ___________, State of Oklahoma, and ___________ and ___________, his sureties, do jointly and severally agree to pay on demand each and every person who may be entitled thereto, all such sums of money as the said clerk may become liable to pay, on account of any moneys which may come into his hands, by virtue of his office.

Dated at ___________, this _____ day of ______, 19__.

_________________________

(Signed)

B.  The municipal governing body may provide that the judge, the alternate judge, and an acting judge, or any of them, shall give a bond to the governing body of the municipality where the court is established.  If a bond is required, it shall be in an amount to be fixed by the governing body.  It shall be conditioned in the same manner as the bond that is required of the clerk of the court, and it shall be approved by the governing body.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27111, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-27-111.1.  Courthouse security system identity cards.

In any public courthouse in this state in counties with a population of three hundred thousand (300,000) or more other than a federal courthouse in which a security system of restricted access, utilizing metal detectors or their equivalent, has been implemented, the public official responsible for the management of such system may implement a plan for issuance of laminated photographic identity cards to certain classes of persons deemed sufficiently reliable and trustworthy to enter the courthouse without being first required to pass through the metal detectors, or otherwise be subjected to search, upon display of such identity card.  The class of persons so exempted shall include, without limitation, judges, district attorneys, members of good standing of the Bar of the State of Oklahoma, courthouse employees, law enforcement officers, real estate agents and brokers of good standing, probation officers and such other persons determined by the public official to be suitable risks for exemption from security measures.  Such public official shall have the authority, upon just cause, to revoke the identity card and require immediate surrender thereof.  The plan may, but need not, include utilization of bar codes and bar code reader at the point of entry as a protection against lost or stolen cards, as deemed appropriate by the public official.

Added by Laws 1998, c. 172, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.


§1127112.  Fees, fines and forfeitures  Dispositions.

All of the fees, fines, and forfeitures which come into the municipal court shall be paid by the clerk of the court to the municipal treasurer.  The treasurer shall credit such deposits to the fund designated by the municipal governing body.  The court clerk shall make duplicate receipts for the fees, fines, and forfeitures collected by him, one copy of which shall be retained by the municipal treasurer together with a detailed statement of all costs, the style of the case in which they were paid, and the name of the party paying the same.

Amended by Laws 1982, c. 133, § 2; Laws 1984, c. 126, § 55, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1127113.  Procedure  Judicial notice of statutes and ordinances  Writs and process  Service of arrest warrant.

Except as otherwise provided for by law, the code of procedure in the municipal court shall be the same as is provided for by law for the trial of misdemeanors.  The court shall take judicial notice of state statutes and the ordinances of the municipality in which it is located.  Writs and processes of the court may be issued by the judge or clerk thereof to any proper officer.  All writs and processes of the municipal court in which a violation of a municipal ordinance is charged shall be directed to the chief of police of the municipality, a county sheriff, or to some other appropriate peace officer.  A law enforcement officer of the municipality or county sheriff may serve an arrest warrant issued by the municipal court any place within this state.  If the warrant is served by a county sheriff, the municipality shall pay the Sheriff's Service Fee Account a fee of Twenty Dollars ($20.00).


Amended by Laws 1982, c. 133, § 2; Laws 1984, c. 126, § 55, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1990, c. 259, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.


§1127114.  Rules for conduct of court business.

The judge of each municipal court may prescribe rules, consistent with the provisions of this article, for the proper conduct of the business of the municipal court.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27114, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127115.  Prosecutions by verified complaint  Style.

All prosecutions commenced in the municipal court shall be by complaint which shall be subscribed by the person making the complaint and shall be verified before a judge, the court clerk, a deputy court clerk, or a police officer.  No warrant for arrest shall be issued until the complaint has been approved by the judge of the municipal court.  All prosecutions for the violation of municipal ordinances shall be styled, "The ________ (City or Town) of ________________ (name the municipality) vs. ________________ (naming the person or persons charged)".

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 56, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§11-27-115.1.  Prosecutions by verified complaint - Means of verification.

Notwithstanding other provisions of law, when a law enforcement officer issues a citation or ticket as the basis for a complaint or information, for an offense against a municipal ordinance which is declared to be a misdemeanor, the citation or ticket shall be properly verified if:

1.  The issuing officer subscribes the officer's signature on the citation, ticket or complaint to the following statement:

"I, the undersigned issuing officer, hereby certify and

  swear that I have read the foregoing information and know

  the facts and contents thereof and that the facts supporting

  the criminal charge stated therein are true."

Such a subscription by an issuing officer, in all respects, shall constitute a sworn statement, as if sworn to upon an oath administered by an official authorized by law to administer oaths; and

2.  The citation or ticket states the specific facts supporting the criminal charge and the ordinance or statute alleged to be violated; or

3.  A complainant verifies by oath, subscribed on the citation, ticket or complaint, that he has read the information, knows the facts and contents thereof and that the facts supporting the criminal charge stated therein are true.  For purposes of such an oath and subscription, any law enforcement officer of the state, county or municipality of the State of Oklahoma issuing the citation, ticket or complaint shall be authorized to administer the oath to the complainant.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 68, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1992.


§1127116.  Arraignment  Fines in lieu of appearance.

The arraignment shall be made by the court.  The judge or the prosecuting attorney shall read the complaint to the defendant, inform him of his legal rights and of the consequences of conviction, and ask him whether he pleads guilty or not guilty.  The municipal governing body by ordinance may prescribe a schedule of fines which the defendant may pay in lieu of his appearance before the municipal court and such payment shall constitute a final determination of the cause against the defendant.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27116, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-27-117.  Arrests - Release by signing citation - Bail - Amount and conditions - Temporary cash bond.

A.  If a resident of a municipality served by a municipal court is arrested by a law enforcement officer for the violation of any traffic ordinance for which Section 27-117.1 of this title does not apply, or is arrested for the violation of a nontraffic ordinance, the officer shall immediately release said person if the person acknowledges receipt of a citation by signing it.  Provided, however, the arresting officer need not release said person if it reasonably appears to the officer that the person may cause injury to himself or others or damage to property if released, that the person will not appear in response to the citation, or the person is arrested for an offense against a person or property.  If said person fails to appear in response to the citation, a warrant shall be issued for his arrest and his appearance shall be compelled.

If the arrested resident is not released by being permitted to sign a citation as provided for in this subsection, he shall be admitted to bail either before or after arraignment, or shall be released on personal recognizance.  A municipality may prescribe a fine for up to the maximum amount authorized by courts not of record for failure of a person to have a valid driver's license when charged with a traffic violation.

B.  If a nonresident of a municipality served by a municipal court is arrested by a law enforcement officer for a violation of any ordinance for which Section 27-117.1 of this title does not apply, the defendant shall be eligible to be admitted to bail either before or after arraignment.

C.  The amount and conditions of bail granted pursuant to the provisions of subsections A and B of this section shall be determined by the judge who shall prescribe rules for the receipt of bail and for the release on personal recognizance.  The amount of bail for each offense shall not exceed the maximum fine plus court costs, unless the defendant has a previous history of failing to appear according to the terms or conditions of a bond, in which case the amount of bail shall not exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).  In the event of arrests at night, emergencies, or when the judge is not available, a court official, the chief of police or his designated representative may be authorized by the judge, subject to such conditions as shall be prescribed by the judge, to accept a temporary cash bond in a sufficient amount to secure the appearance of the accused.  The cash bond shall not exceed the maximum fine provided for by ordinance for each offense charged, unless the defendant has a previous history of failing to appear according to the terms or conditions of a bond, in which case the amount of the cash bond shall not exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).  The court official, chief of police or his designated representative is authorized, subject to such conditions as shall be prescribed by the judge, to release a resident of the municipality on personal recognizance.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27-117, eff. July 1, 1977.  Amended by Laws 1978, c. 261, § 1, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1984, c. 126, § 57, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1986, c. 250, § 7, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 1997, c. 251, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§1127117.1.  Arrest for misdemeanor traffic violation other than parking or standing  Bail.

If a resident or nonresident of a municipality having a municipal court is arrested by a law enforcement officer solely for a misdemeanor violation of a traffic ordinance, other than an ordinance pertaining to a parking or standing traffic violation, and the arrested person is eligible to sign a written promise to appear and be released upon personal recognizance as provided for in Section 1115.1 of Title 22 of the Oklahoma Statutes, then the procedures provided for in the State and Municipal Traffic Bail Bond Procedure Act as applied to municipalities, shall govern.  A municipality, by ordinance, may prescribe a bail bond schedule for this purpose and may provide for bail to be used as payment of the fine and costs upon a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, as provided for in Section 1115.1 of Title 22 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Absent such ordinance, the municipal court may prescribe a bail bond schedule for traffic offenses.  The amount of bail shall not exceed the maximum fine and costs provided by ordinance for each offense, unless the defendant has a previous history of failing to appear according to the terms or conditions of a bond, in which case the amount of bail shall not exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).

Added by Laws 1986, c. 250, § 8, operative July 1, 1987.  Amended by Laws 1993, c. 15, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993; Laws 1997, c. 251, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§1127118.  Failure to appear according to terms of bond  Forfeiture.

A.  If, without sufficient excuse, a defendant fails to appear according to the terms or conditions of a bond, given by a bail bondsman as defined in Section 1301 of Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes, either for hearing, arraignment, trial, or judgment, or upon any other occasion when the presence of the defendant in court or before the judge may be lawfully required:

1.  The court shall perform the procedures set forth in Section 1332 of Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes whereby the municipal court clerk shall issue the required notices; or

2. a. The municipal judge shall issue an order declaring the bond to be forfeited on the day the defendant failed to appear and stating the reasons therefor, and

b. Within five (5) days of the order of forfeiture, the municipal court clerk shall file a certified copy of the order with the district court in the county where the municipal government is located.  The district court clerk shall treat the certified order of forfeiture as a foreign judgment and proceed in accordance with the provisions of Section 1332 of Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  A surety shall have all remedies available under the provisions of Section 1108 of Title 22 and Sections 1301 through 1340 of Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

B.  Court costs shall be collectible from the proceeds of a forfeited bond.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27118, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1993, c. 265, § 1, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1994, c. 49, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1994; Laws 1995, c. 166, § 3, emerg. eff. May 4, 1995.


§11-27-119.  Jury trials  Qualifications of jurors.

In all prosecutions in the municipal court for any offense for which the municipality, with the concurrence of the court, seeks imposition of a fine of more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00), excluding court costs, or imprisonment, or both such fine and imprisonment, a jury trial shall be had unless waived by the defendant and the municipality, provided that the municipality has compiled its penal ordinances in accordance with the provisions of Sections 14109 and 14110 of this title.  If the municipality has not compiled its ordinances as provided by law, the fine shall not exceed Fifty Dollars ($50.00).  In prosecutions for all other offenses, or in cases wherein a jury trial is waived by the defendant and the municipality, trial shall be to the court.  A jury in the municipal court shall consist of six (6) jurors, five of whom may return a verdict.  Jurors shall be good and lawful men or women, citizens of the county in which the court sits, having the qualifications of jurors in the district court.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27-119, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1982, c. 157, § 3; Laws 1983, c. 293, § 3, operative Oct. 1, 1983; Laws 1995, c. 61, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 251, § 8, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§11-27-120.  Selection and summons of jurors.

Jurors in the municipal court shall be selected pursuant to this section under the same terms and conditions as are provided for by law for the district courts, or in the alternative, pursuant to Section 18.1 of Title 38 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Upon written request of the judge of the municipal court for a stated number of jurors to the chief judge of the appropriate district court, it shall be the duty of the clerk of the district court to draw from the jury wheel a requested number of jurors in the same manner as is provided by law for the district court until the number requested, who from their addresses appear to reside within the corporate limits of the municipality, is drawn, and to prepare a list of names drawn and certify such list to the judge of the municipal court.  On completion of the draw, the clerk shall immediately return to the jury wheel all names drawn which are not placed on the certified list.  The judge of the municipal court shall make written request to the chief judge of the district court for a stated number of additional jurors if, after allowance of claimed statutory exemptions, the listed number is found to be insufficient.  Summons of the prospective jurors shall be issued as set out by ordinance, and may be served in person by the chief of police or any member of the police force of the municipality, or may be served by the clerk of the municipal court by mail.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27-120, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2003, c. 225, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003.


§1127121.  Fees and mileage of jurors and witnesses.

The municipal governing body shall determine by ordinance the fees and mileage that shall be paid to jurors and witnesses in a municipal court.  However, no witness fee shall be paid to any police or peace officer.  The jury fee and mileage due jurors and witnesses shall be paid as provided by ordinance.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27121, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127122.  Enforcement of payment of fines or costs by imprisonment  Persons unable to pay.

A.  If a defendant who is financially able refuses or neglects to pay a fine or costs or both, payment may be enforced:

1.  By imprisonment until the same shall be satisfied at the rate of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) per day; or

2.  In the same manner as is prescribed in subsection B of this section for a defendant who is without means to make such payment.

B.  If the defendant is without means to pay the fine or costs, the municipal judge may direct the total amount due to be entered upon the court minutes and to be certified to the district court in the county where the situs of the municipal government is located, where it shall be entered upon the district court judgment docket and shall have the full force and effect of a district court judgment.  The same remedies shall be available for the enforcement of the judgment as are available to any other judgment creditor.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27-122, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1980, c. 247, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1980; Laws 1987, c. 173, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 2004, c. 173, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.


§11-27-122.1.  Execution of sentences of municipal court.

A.  All sentences of imprisonment shall be executed by the chief of police of the municipality, and any person convicted of a violation of any ordinance of the municipality and sentenced to imprisonment shall be confined in the jail, farm, or workhouse of the municipality, in the discretion of the court, for the time specified in the sentence; provided, however, the court may, in lieu of imprisonment, order the defendant to engage in a term of community service without compensation.  If the defendant fails to perform the required community service or if the conditions of community service are violated, the judge may impose a sentence of imprisonment, not to exceed the maximum sentence allowable for the violation for which the defendant was convicted.

B.  The judge of the municipal court imposing a judgment and sentence, at the judge's discretion, is empowered to modify, reduce, suspend, or defer the imposition of a sentence or any part thereof and to authorize probation for a period not to exceed six (6) months from the date of sentence under terms or conditions as the judge may specify.  Procedures relating to suspension of the judgment or costs or both shall be as provided in Section 27-123 of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  Upon completion of the terms of probation, the defendant shall be discharged without a court judgment of guilt, and the verdict, judgment of guilty, or plea of guilty shall be expunged from the record and the charge dismissed with prejudice to any further action.  Upon a finding of the court that the conditions of probation have been violated, the municipal judge may enter a judgment of guilty.

C.  The judge of the municipal court may continue or delay imposing a judgment and sentence for a period of time not to exceed six (6) months from the date of sentence.  At the expiration of this period of time the judge may allow the municipal attorney to amend the charge to a lesser offense.

D.  If a deferred sentence is imposed, an administrative fee not to exceed Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) may be imposed as costs in the case, in addition to any deferral fee otherwise authorized by law.

Added by Laws 1987, c. 173, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.  Amended by Laws 1990, c. 69, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1999, c. 412, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2004, c. 173, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.


§1127122.2.  Community service in lieu of fine or in conjunction with imprisonment - Violation of community service conditions.

Whenever any person is convicted in municipal court for violation of a municipal ordinance, the court may order the defendant to a term of community service or remedial action in lieu of fine or in conjunction with imprisonment.  If the defendant fails to perform the required community service or if the conditions of community service are violated, the judge may impose a sentence of imprisonment, not to exceed the maximum sentence allowable for the violation for which the defendant was convicted.

Added by Laws 1989, c. 255 § 3, emerg. eff. May 19, 1989.  Amended by Laws 1990, c. 69, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.


§1127123.  Suspension of judgment or costs  Reconfinement.

Whenever any person shall be convicted in the municipal court of violating a municipal ordinance, the judge trying the cause, after sentence, may suspend the judgment or costs or both and allow the person so convicted to be released upon his own recognizance. Any person so released shall be required to report at such times and to such person or officer as the judge shall direct.  The judge may cause a warrant to be issued for any person so released if it shall be made to appear to the judge that such person:

1.  Has been guilty of the violation of any law after his release;

2.  Is habitually associating with lewd or vicious persons; or

3.  Is indulging in vicious habits.

Upon the issuance of the warrant by the judge, the person shall be delivered forthwith to the place of confinement to which he was originally sentenced and shall serve out the full term for which he was originally sentenced.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27123, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127124.  Supervision of juveniles on parole or probation.

In addition to the duties otherwise provided by law, the judge of each municipal court, or some other person designated by the governing body of the municipality where the court is established, shall be required to supervise all juveniles who are either on parole or serving probation terms or suspended sentences pronounced and adjudged by the municipal court.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27124, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127125.  Contempt of court.

The judge of each municipal court shall have power to enforce due obedience to orders, rules and judgments made by him and may fine or imprison for contempt offered to the judge while holding his court or to process issued by him in the same manner and to the same extent as the district courts of Oklahoma.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27125, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-27-126.  Costs.

Subject to the provisions of subsection F of Section 14-111 of this title and other limitations or exceptions imposed by law, the municipal governing body shall determine by ordinance the costs that may be charged and collected by the clerk of the court, but these costs shall not exceed the sum of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) plus the fees and mileage of jurors and witnesses.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27-126, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1987, c. 173, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1987; Laws 1999, c. 412, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


§1127127.  Prosecution for same offense in another court prohibited.

When a defendant has been in jeopardy for the same or any lesser included offense in a municipal court or district court, he shall not be prosecuted in another court for the same or a lesser included offense.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27127, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1980, c. 247, § 3, eff. Oct. 1, 1980.  

§1127128.  Writs of mandamus, prohibition and certiorari.

The district court in each county wherein a municipal court is established shall have the same jurisdiction to issue to the municipal court writs of mandamus, prohibition and certiorari as the Supreme Court now has to issue such writs to courts of record.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27128, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-27-129.  Appeals.

A.  An appeal may be taken from a final judgment of the municipal court by the defendant by filing in the district court in the county where the situs of the municipal government is located, within ten (10) days from the date of the final judgment, a notice of appeal and by filing a copy of the notice with the municipal court.  In case of an appeal, a trial de novo shall be had, and there shall be a right to a jury trial if the sentence imposed for the offense was a fine of more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) and costs.

B.  Upon conviction, at the request of the defendant, or upon notice of appeal being filed, the judge of the municipal court shall enter an order on the docket fixing an amount in which bond may be given by the defendant, in cash or sureties for cash in an amount of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than twice the amount of such fine.  Bond shall be taken by the clerk of the court wherein judgment was rendered.  Any pledge of sureties must be approved by a judge of the court.

C.  Upon appeal being filed the judge shall within ten (10) days thereafter certify to the clerk of the appellate court the original papers in the case.  If the papers have not been certified to the appellate court, the prosecuting attorney shall take the necessary steps to have the papers certified to the appellate court within twenty (20) days of the filing of the notice of appeal, and failure to do so, except for good cause shown, shall be grounds for dismissal of the charge by the appellate court, the cost to be taxed to the municipality.  The certificate shall state whether or not the municipal judge hearing the case was a licensed attorney in Oklahoma.

D.  All proceedings necessary to carry the judgment into effect shall be had in the appellate court.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27-129, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1980, c. 247, § 4, eff. Oct. 1, 1980; Laws 1982, c. 157, § 4; Laws 1983, c. 293, § 4, operative Oct. 1, 1983; Laws 1995, c. 61, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 251, § 9, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 2004, c. 363, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.

NOTE:  Laws 2004, c. 173, § 5 repealed by Laws 2005, c. 386, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.


§1127130.  District attorney to defend appeals in certain cases.

The district attorney, and his assistants, shall defend any appeal from a municipal court in his district that has no municipal attorney who is paid a salary in excess of a rate of Three Thousand Six Hundred Dollars ($3,600.00) per annum.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27130, eff. July 1, 1978. d

§1127131.  Orders relative to procedures and practices by Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is authorized to issue orders of statewide application relative to procedures in and practices before the municipal courts and appeals therefrom, subject to the provisions of this article, and under its general superintending control of all inferior courts, shall have the power and authority by and through the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, to call annual conferences of the judges of the municipal courts of Oklahoma to consider matters calculated to bring about a speedier and more efficient administration of justice.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 27131, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1127132.  Appeal to Court of Criminal appeals.

Section 27132.  An appeal may be taken to the Court of Criminal Appeals from the final judgment or order of a district court in an appeal from a final judgment of a municipal court in the same manner and to the same extent that appeals are taken from a district court to the Court of Criminal Appeals.

Laws 1978, c. 248, § 1, eff. July 1, 1978. Laws 1978, c. 248, § 1, eff. July 1, 1978. d

§1128101.  Municipal criminal courts of record  Cities with population over 65,000 - Resolution.

A.  In cities having a population of more than sixty-five thousand (65,000) inhabitants, as determined by the latest federal census, there is hereby created a "Municipal Criminal Court of Record of the City of ___________", subject to the restrictions of subsection B of this section.  References in Sections 28101 through 28128 of this title to the municipal criminal court of record shall mean the courts established by the provisions of this article in cities over sixty-five thousand (65,000) population.

B.  Before a municipal criminal court of record not in existence before November 1, 2004, may be created, the municipal governing body shall determine by resolution that the efficient disposition of cases involving the violation of municipal ordinances necessitates creating a court of record.  If such a resolution is not adopted, the criminal court of the municipality shall remain a court not of record.  The governing body shall cause a certified copy of the resolution to be filed in the office of the county clerk of each county in which the municipality is located.  The resolution and the filing thereof shall be judicially noticed in all courts of this state.  The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to any municipal criminal court of record created prior to November 1, 2004, and such courts shall have all the powers and duties heretofore provided for such courts.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28101, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2004, c. 363, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.

§11-28-102.  Jurisdiction of criminal court of record - Jury trial - Maximum punishment - Double jeopardy.

A.  The municipal criminal courts of record shall have original jurisdiction to hear and determine all prosecutions when a violation of any of the ordinances of the city where the court is established is charged, as provided by Article VII, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution.

B.  Except in cases when the penalty provided for the violation of an ordinance is a fine in the amount of Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00) or less, excluding court costs, or by imprisonment, or by both such fine and imprisonment, all persons charged before such municipal criminal court of record shall be entitled to a trial by jury, unless waived by the defendant.  Judgment and sentence imposed by the judge shall be as effective as if the same had been rendered and imposed by a jury.

C.  The maximum punishment that may be levied in any municipal criminal court of record is a fine not exceeding One Thousand Two Hundred Dollars ($1,200.00) and costs, an imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, or both such fine and imprisonment.  Provided, the maximum punishment that may be levied in any municipal criminal court of record for violations of municipal traffic ordinances not including ordinances relating to driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a fine not exceeding Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00) and costs, an imprisonment not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.  Provided, further that any municipal criminal court of record may levy a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) and costs, an imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, or both such fine and imprisonment for violations of municipal ordinances regulating the pretreatment of wastewater and regulating stormwater discharges.  Provided, further, that for violations of municipal ordinances relating to prostitution, including but not limited to engaging in prostitution or soliciting or procuring prostitution, any municipal criminal court of record in cities with more than two hundred thousand (200,000) in population may levy an imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, and fines as follows:  a fine not to exceed Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($2,500.00) upon the first conviction for violation of any such ordinances, a fine of not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) upon the second conviction for violation of any of such ordinances, and a fine of not more than Seven Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($7,500.00) upon the third or subsequent convictions for violation of any of such ordinances, or both such fine and imprisonment, as well as a term of community service of not less than forty (40) nor more than eighty (80) hours.  If imprisonment is available for the offense, then that person charged shall have a right to a jury trial.

D.  A defendant who has been in jeopardy for the same or any lesser included offense in the municipal criminal court of record or district court shall not be prosecuted in any other court for the same or a lesser included offense.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28-102, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1982, c. 157, § 5; Laws 1983, c. 293, § 5, operative Oct. 1, 1983; Laws 1990, c. 141, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1990; Laws 1995, c. 61, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1995, c. 198, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1997, c. 51, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997; Laws 1998, c. 234, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 1999, c. 217, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1999; Laws 2002, c. 120, § 6, emerg. eff. April 19, 2002; Laws 2004, c. 173, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.


§11-28-102a.  Fines for violations relating to prostitution - Percentage forwarded to city - county health department.

In municipalities that have a population of more than two hundred thousand (200,000), that have a municipal court of record, and that are located within a county having a population greater than four hundred thousand (400,000), One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) of each fine collected for violations of municipal ordinances relating to prostitution shall be forwarded by the city clerk or other appropriate finance official to the city-county health department serving the county.

Added by Laws 2002, c. 348, § 6, emerg. eff. May 30, 2002.


§1128103.  Judges and clerks.

The city governing body may appoint and fix the compensation of one or more judges of the municipal criminal court of record, as may be required, and designate one as a presiding judge.  Each judge shall possess the qualifications now required by law to be possessed by associate judges of the district court.  The city governing body may appoint or otherwise provide for appointment of a clerk of the municipal criminal court of record and one or more deputy clerks and fix their compensation.  The judge shall serve for a term of two (2) years, expiring on a date fixed by ordinance, and until his successor is appointed and qualified, unless sooner removed by the vote of a majority of all members of the governing body for such cause as is provided by law for the removal of public officers.  Any appointment to fill a vacancy shall be for the unexpired term.

§1128104.  Powers and duties of judge.

A judge of the municipal criminal court of record shall have power to administer oaths, keep and preserve the records of the court, certify transcripts and other records and shall have and possess such other general powers as are possessed by the district judge.  The judge shall also approve all recognizances and bonds to which persons charged, or convicted, may be admitted and shall determine and fix the amount thereof.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128105.  Disqualification, disability or absence of judge.

In the event of the disqualification, disability or absence of a regular judge of the municipal criminal court of record, the city governing body shall have power to appoint a special judge to sit for the duration of such disqualification, disability or absence.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128106.  Duties of clerk  Certificate as prima facie proof.

The clerk of the municipal criminal court of record shall keep and preserve the records of all proceedings had in the court, shall keep a docket, and shall collect and receive or cause to be collected and received all fines, costs, bond forfeitures and other monies properly receivable by the clerk and shall account for the same to the city governing body.  The governing body may authorize the appropriate finance official of the city by ordinance to collect and receive all fines, costs, bond forfeitures and other monies properly received by the clerk.  When the clerk collects and receives such monies, the clerk shall pay or cause to be paid all such sums of money to the appropriate finance official of the city as the governing body may prescribe.  It shall be the duty of the clerk to certify and authenticate all transcripts, cases and other records of the court and the certificate of the clerk shall be prima facie proof of the correctness of the copy of the document or record authenticated.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28106, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1992, c. 285, § 1, emerg. eff. May 25, 1992; Laws 1995, c. 166, § 4, emerg. eff. May 4, 1995.


§1128107.  Marshal of court.

The administrative head of the municipality, upon recommendation of the judge of the municipal court, may designate any appropriate person to serve as marshal, and in the absence of such a designation, the chief of police or corresponding officer of the municipality shall be ex officio marshal of the court.  The marshal shall execute all writs and other processes directed to him, except as otherwise provided, and such duty may be performed by any deputy marshal or by any member of the police force of the municipality, as the case may be.

Amended by Laws 1986, c. 250, § 9, emerg. eff. June 13, 1986.  

§1128108.  Reporter.

A.  The presiding judge of the municipal criminal court of record may recommend to the governing body of the city the appointment of a suitable and proper person as court reporter, whose duty it shall be to correctly take and record all of the testimony and proceedings had upon the trial or cases when required by either party.  The city governing body shall fix the compensation to be allowed the court reporter.  Such reporter may also perform such other clerical duties as the city governing body and judge and clerk of the court may require and shall have power to certify all transcripts and records of evidence and proceedings taken by him.

B.  The court reporter, before entering upon the duties of his or her office, shall be duly sworn in open court faithfully to perform the duties of the office.

C.  The reporter shall not receive any fees from the city other than salary but shall receive the same fees for transcribing the testimony and proceedings from other parties that are received by reporters of the district court for like services.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128109.  Prosecuting officers.

The city attorney or municipal counselor and his assistants shall be the prosecuting officers of the municipal criminal court of record and the relation which they bear to the court shall be the same as that borne to the district court by the district attorney. They shall have full power to prosecute violations of any ordinance of the city in the municipal criminal court of record and shall have power to prosecute and resist appeals and proceedings in error or review from the municipal criminal court of record.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128110.  Office of public defender.

The city governing body may create the office of public defender.  The public defender shall be charged upon order of any judge of the municipal criminal court of record with the protection of the rights of any defendant charged with violation of any ordinance in the court.  The city governing body may provide for necessary office supplies and equipment and arrange for sufficient office space in public buildings.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128111.  Qualifications of public defender  Appointment and tenure  Salary  Legal aid.

A.  The office of public defender shall be assumed by an attorney or attorneys authorized to practice law in Oklahoma.  Said attorneys shall be appointed by the judges of the municipal criminal court of record and serve at the pleasure of the judges or shall be appointed and removed as provided by the city charter.  The salary of the municipal public defender shall be set by the city governing body.

B.  The city governing body and/or the presiding or chief judge of the municipal criminal court of record may make suitable arrangements with a legal aid society for representation of indigents in lieu of appointing a municipal public defender.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28111, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128112.  Determination of need for public defense  Appeals.

The judges of the municipal criminal court of record shall hold such hearing as they deem necessary to determine if an individual is an indigent and entitled to representation at public expense.  If an indigent represented by the municipal public defender or legal aid society seriously believes that he has just cause for an appeal, the attorney for said indigent shall specify those portions of the record essential for said appeal and the judge of the court may order a transcript prepared for such appeal at public expense.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28112, eff. July 1, 1978. d

§1128113.  Commencement of prosecution  Style - Procedure - Schedule of fines.

A.  All prosecutions commenced in a municipal criminal court of record shall be by information, pursuant to Section 16108 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, for traffic offenses and by information as in the district courts in other cases, which shall be subscribed by the person making complaint and shall be verified before a judge, the court clerk, or a deputy court clerk.  All prosecutions for the violation of municipal ordinances shall be styled, "The City of _______ (naming the municipality) vs. __________ (naming the person or persons charged)".

B.  Upon receipt of a traffic ticket or complaint by the court clerk, other than a traffic ticket which has been signed by the arrested person as a plea of guilty, the court clerk shall either prepare a copy of the ticket or complaint and deliver the original or duplicate original to the municipal attorney, or record the ticket on a list maintained in the clerk's office and deliver the ticket to the municipal attorney for his disposition.  After disposition of the ticket by the municipal attorney, the name shall be removed from the list by the court clerk.  A traffic ticket or complaint that is certified by the arresting officer, the complainant, or the municipal attorney, shall constitute an information against the person arrested and served with the traffic ticket or complaint.  The ticket or complaint shall be endorsed by the municipal attorney before it is filed with the court clerk; except if the person arrested and served with a traffic ticket or complaint either at the time he is arrested or at a subsequent time shall indicate in writing on the ticket or complaint, above his signature, that he elects to plead guilty to the violation charged, the traffic ticket or complaint shall be filed with the court clerk, as an information, without the endorsement of the municipal attorney, and it shall be the duty of the court clerk to notify the municipal attorney as to the fact of such filing.

C.  The municipal governing body, by ordinance, may prescribe a schedule of fines for nonjury cases which a defendant may pay in lieu of an appearance before the municipal court, and such payment shall constitute a final determination of the cause against the defendant; provided, however, this subsection shall not apply to those offenses for which the penalty is a fine of more than Two Hundred Dollars ($200.00).

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28-113, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 59, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1999, c. 217, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


§11-28-113.1.  Prosecutions by verified complaint - Means of verification.

Notwithstanding other provisions of law, when a law enforcement officer issues a citation or ticket as the basis for a complaint or information, for an offense against a municipal ordinance which is declared to be a misdemeanor, the citation or ticket shall be properly verified if:

1.  The issuing officer subscribes the officer's signature on the citation, ticket or complaint to the following statement:

"I, the undersigned issuing officer, hereby certify and

  swear that I have read the foregoing information and know

  the facts and contents thereof and that the facts supporting

  the criminal charge stated therein are true."

Such a subscription by an issuing officer, in all respects, shall constitute a sworn statement, as if sworn to upon an oath administered by an official authorized by law to administer oaths; and

2.  The citation or ticket states the specific facts supporting the criminal charge and the ordinance or statute alleged to be violated; or

3.  A complainant verifies by oath, subscribed on the citation, ticket or complaint, that he has read the information, knows the facts and contents thereof and that the facts supporting the criminal charge stated therein are true.  For purposes of such an oath and subscription, any law enforcement officer of the state, county or municipality of the State of Oklahoma issuing the citation, ticket or complaint shall be authorized to administer the oath to the complainant.

Added by Laws 1992, c. 68, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 1992.


§11-28-114.  Procedures upon arrest.

A.  Except as otherwise provided in this section, if a resident of a municipality served by a municipal court is arrested by a law enforcement officer for the violation of any ordinance for which Section 28-114.1 of this title does not apply, or is arrested for violation of a nontraffic ordinance, the officer shall immediately release said person if the person acknowledges receipt of a citation by signing it.  Provided, however, the arresting officer need not release said person if it reasonably appears to the officer that the person may cause injury to self or others or damage to property if released, that the person will not appear in response to the citation, or the person is arrested for an offense against a person or property.  If said person fails to appear in response to the citation, a warrant shall be issued for the person's arrest and the person's appearance shall be compelled.

If the arrested resident is not released by being permitted to sign a citation as provided for in this subsection, the resident shall be admitted to bail either before or after arraignment, or shall be released on personal recognizance.  A municipality may prescribe a fine for up to the maximum amount authorized by courts not of record for failure of a person to have a valid driver license when charged with a traffic violation.

B.  If a nonresident of a municipality served by a municipal court is arrested by a law enforcement officer for a violation of any ordinance for which Section 28-114.1 of this title does not apply, the defendant shall be eligible to be admitted to bail either before or after arraignment.

C.  The amount and conditions of bail granted pursuant to the provisions of subsections A and B of this section shall be determined by the judge, within the limitation prescribed by this section, who shall prescribe rules for the receipt of bail and for the release on personal recognizance.  In the event of arrests at night, emergencies, or when the judge is not available, a court official, the chief of police or the chief's designated representative may be authorized by the judge, subject to such conditions as shall be prescribed by the judge, to accept a temporary cash bond in a sufficient amount to secure the appearance of the accused.  Except as provided in this subsection, cash bond shall not exceed the maximum fine provided for by ordinance for each offense charged.  The court official, chief of police or the chief's designated representative is authorized, subject to such conditions as shall be prescribed by the judge or by law, to release a resident of the municipality on personal recognizance.  Provided, however, that a person arrested in a municipality for violations of municipal ordinances relating to prostitution, including but not limited to engaging in prostitution or soliciting or procuring prostitution, shall not be released on personal recognizance.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28-114, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1982, c. 133, § 1; Laws 1984, c. 126, § 58, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1986, c. 250, § 10, operative July 1, 1987; Laws 2002, c. 120, § 7, emerg. eff. April 19, 2002.


§1128114.1.  Arrest for misdemeanor traffic violation other than parking or standing  Bail.

If a resident or nonresident of a municipality served by a municipal court is arrested by a law enforcement officer solely for a misdemeanor violation of a traffic ordinance, other than an ordinance pertaining to a parking or standing traffic violation, and the arrested person is eligible to sign a written promise to appear and be released upon personal recognizance as provided for in Section 1115.1 of Title 22 of the Oklahoma Statutes, then the procedures provided for in the State and Municipal Traffic Bail Bond Procedure Act as applied to municipalities, shall govern.  A municipality, by ordinance, may prescribe a bail bond schedule for this purpose and may provide for bail to be used as payment of the fine and costs upon a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, as provided for in Section 2 of this act.  Absent such ordinance, the municipal court may prescribe a bail bond schedule for traffic offenses.  The amount of bail shall not exceed the maximum fine and costs provided by ordinance for each offense.

Added by Laws 1986, c. 250, § 11, operative July 1, 1987.  Amended by Laws 1993, c. 15, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.


§1128115.  Composition of jury  Selection, empanelling and qualification.

A jury for the trial of cases in the municipal criminal court of record shall consist of six (6) persons who shall be selected, empanelled and qualified in the same manner that jurors are selected, empanelled and qualified in the district court.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28115, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128116.  Jury list and jury boxes.

A.  Upon written request of the presiding judge of the municipal criminal court of record for a stated number of jurors to the presiding judge of the appropriate district court, it shall be the duty of the clerk of the district court to draw from the jury wheel the requested number of jurors in the same manner as is provided by the law for the district court, and to prepare a list of the names drawn and certify such list to the judge of the municipal criminal court of record.  Upon receipt of such jury list by the judge of said court, the same shall be filed in the records of the court and the judge or clerk shall thereupon write the name of each person upon such list upon a separate slip of paper of uniform size and color and place the same in a box in the same manner as required by law in the preparation of jury boxes in the district court; except that the box wherein the names of jurors of the court shall be kept shall be locked with two (2) keys, one of which shall be retained and kept by the judge of the municipal court and the other by the chief of police of the city.

B.  The judge of the court shall ascertain if any of the prospective jurors reside outside the corporate limits of the city and shall not summon for jury duty any nonresident of the city.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28116, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128117.  Drawing of panel.

Upon order of the presiding judge, the clerk, or a judge, and the chief of police of the city shall draw the names of jurors from the jury box, in such number as may be ordered by the presiding judge, in the same manner as is provided by law for the drawing of names to fill a jury panel in the district court by the district judge and sheriff of the county.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28117, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128118.  When regular panel drawn.

A regular jury panel may be drawn and prepared at any time upon the order of the presiding judge.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28118, eff. July 1, 1978. Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28118, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128119.  Special panel.

In the event of the exhaustion of the regular jury panel, a special panel may be prepared and summoned upon the order of the judge directed to the chief of police of the city or sheriff of the county in the same manner as is provided by law for summoning a special panel in the district court.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28119, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-28-120.  Compliance with criminal code of procedure.

Except as otherwise specifically provided, the municipal court of record shall comply with the criminal code of procedure, as in the district court for misdemeanor cases.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28-120, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1998, c. 172, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1998.


§1128121.  Process  Searches, seizures and confiscation  Service of arrest warrant.

The municipal criminal court of record, by and through its clerk or judge, shall have power to issue subpoenas, writs of attachment, and summonses, to administer oaths, to verify complaints and other processes and writs issuable by the district judge in criminal proceedings, and to direct the same to the chief of police or other law enforcement officers.  The municipal criminal court of record shall have power to compel obedience to its writs and orders in the same manner and to the same extent as the district court.  The municipal criminal court of record shall also have power to issue arrest warrants and search and seizure warrants and to hear and determine proceedings for the confiscation of property used in violation of the ordinances of the municipality.  A law enforcement officer of the municipality or a county sheriff may serve an arrest warrant issued by the municipal court any place within this state.  If the warrant is served by a county sheriff, the municipality shall pay the Sheriff's Service Fee Account a fee of Twenty Dollars ($20.00).

Amended by Laws 1982, c. 133, § 3; Laws 1984, c. 126, § 60, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1990, c. 259, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1990.


§1128122.  Trial Docket  Criminal courts to observe certain holidays.

A.  The trial docket of the municipal criminal court of record shall be prepared and set by order of the presiding judge at such times and in such manner as he may prescribe.

B.  Municipal criminal courts of record shall remain closed on those holidays observed by the district courts of the state; however, the office of the court clerk may remain open for business.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28122, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1980, c. 254, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1980.  

§1128123.  Execution of sentence  Modification, reduction or suspension  Probation  Deferred sentence.

A.  All sentences of imprisonment shall be  executed by the chief of police of the city, and any person convicted of a violation of any ordinance of the city and sentenced to imprisonment shall be confined in the jail, farm or workhouse, of the city, in the discretion of the court, for the time specified in the sentence.  All persons who shall be convicted in the court of violation of any ordinance of the city and sentenced to pay a fine and costs, who shall refuse to pay such fine or costs, shall be imprisoned in the jail of the city for one (1) day for each Two Dollars ($2.00) of the fine and costs assessed.

B.  The judge of the municipal criminal court of record imposing a judgment and sentence, at his discretion, is empowered to modify, reduce, or suspend or defer the imposition of such sentence or any part thereof and to authorize probation for a period not to exceed six (6) months from the date of sentence, under such terms or conditions as the judge may specify.  Upon completion of the probation term following a deferred sentence, the defendant shall be discharged without a court judgment of guilt, and the verdict, judgment of guilty or plea of guilty shall be expunged from the record and said charge be dismissed with prejudice to any further action.  Upon a finding of the court that the conditions of probation have been violated, the municipal judge may enter a judgment of guilty.

C.  The judge of the municipal court of record may continue or delay imposing a judgment and sentence for a period of time not to exceed one (1) year from the date of sentence.  At the expiration of such period of time the judge may allow the city attorney to amend the charge to a lesser offense.

D.  If a deferred sentence is imposed, an administrative fee of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) may be imposed as costs in the case.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28-123, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1983, c. 293, § 6, operative Oct. 1, 1983; Laws 1993, c. 265, § 2, eff. July 1, 1993; Laws 1999, c. 217, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1999.


§1128124.  Imprisonment for nonpayment of fine and costs  Persons unable to pay.

Any person who shall be convicted in the municipal criminal court of record of a violation of any ordinance of the city and sentenced to pay a fine and costs, who is financially able but refuses or neglects to pay such fine and costs, shall be imprisoned in the jail, farm or workhouse of the city, in the discretion of the court, for one (1) day for each Five Dollars ($5.00) of the fine and cost assessed, if he performs useful labor.  If the defendant is without means to pay the fine or costs, the municipal judge may direct the total amount due to be entered upon the court minutes and to be certified to the district court in the county where the situs of the municipal government is located where it shall be entered upon the district court judgment docket and shall have the full force and effect of a district court judgment.  Thereupon, the same remedies shall be available for the enforcement of the judgment as are available to any other judgment creditor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28124, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128125.  Costs.

When a person is convicted of a violation of any ordinance of the city, the cost of prosecution shall be taxed against such person as a part of the penalty and said penalty shall be enforced as provided in this article. The governing body of the city shall have the power to specify a schedule of costs, including witness fees, to be taxed in cases wherein a violation of a city ordinance is charged.

Costs of the prosecution shall be taxed against a person when the penalty assessed said person is a deferred sentence in the same manner as costs are taxed against an individual for a violation of any other ordinance of the city.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 293, § 7, operative Oct. 1, 1983.  

§1128126.  Fines and costs  Disposition.

Any and all fines and costs collected, and all bonds and recognizances forfeited shall be paid into the treasury of the city. The court shall cause any furniture or equipment or other personal property which the court finds to have been actually used or intended to be used in violation of ordinances of the city to be delivered to the chief of police; provided that any of the furniture or equipment susceptible of legitimate use may be sold and the proceeds thereof shall be paid into the treasury of the city.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28126, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1128127.  Bond forfeiture.

If a defendant fails to appear according to the terms or conditions of his bond, either for hearing, arraignment, trial or judgment, or to surrender himself in execution of the judgment, or upon any other occasion when his presence in court or before the municipal judge may be lawfully required, bond forfeiture shall follow the procedures as set forth in Section 1332 of Title 59 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Amended by Laws 1982, c. 88, § 1; Laws 1984, c. 225, § 26, emerg. eff. May 23, 1984.  Amended by Laws 1990, c. 332, § 1, emerg. eff. May 30, 1990.


§1128128.  Appeals.

Appeals may be taken from a judgment or order of a municipal criminal court of record to the Court of Criminal Appeals in the same manner and to the same extent that appeals are now taken from the district courts to the Court of Criminal Appeals in criminal matters, and no appeals other than those herein provided shall be allowed.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 28128, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1129101.  General powers.

The municipal governing body may procure all necessary equipment for protection and prevention against fire and provide for the organization of a municipal fire department.  The governing body may enact such ordinances, resolutions and regulations as may be necessary to establish and operate a fire department, and to borrow money and issue bonds therefor subject to the provisions of the Constitution and laws of Oklahoma.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1129102.  Fire chief  Duties  Qualifications  Activity report forms.

All cities having a paid fire department shall have one fulltime fire chief whose primary duty shall be the administration of the fire department in accordance with the policies and procedures prescribed by the governing body or by the city manager.  The fire department shall be under the direction and control of the fire chief who shall not serve as fire chief and police chief.  The chief of any paid municipal fire department shall have had at least three (3) years' actual experience as a paid fire fighter.  It shall be the duty of the fire chief to file the appropriate activity report forms with the Office of the State Fire Marshal in Oklahoma City on an annual basis.  The activity report forms shall be designed by the State Fire Marshal and shall include, but not be limited to, the amount of property and vehicle fire loss, types of fires, inspections and investigations.  The report shall include notification of all fire-related civilian deaths and injuries in the respective jurisdiction and of fire fighter deaths in the line of duty and of fire fighter injuries in the line of duty requiring the services of a hospital or physician or both.

Amended by Laws 1982, c. 83, § 1; Laws 1986, c. 190, § 4, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1990, c. 16, § 1, emerg. eff. March 29, 1990.


§1129103.  Firefighters  How appointed.

The members of all paid municipal fire departments shall, on approval of the chief of the fire department, be appointed in the manner provided by law applicable to the form of municipal government for the appointment of municipal employees.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1129104.  Tenure of office.

The chief and members of all paid municipal fire departments shall hold their respective positions unless removed for a good and sufficient cause as provided by applicable law or ordinance.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-29-104.1.  Paid fire department - Definition.

The term "paid fire department" means one which has in its employ more than two full-time salaried firefighters and no enrolled volunteer firefighters.

Added by Laws 2003, c. 460, § 1, eff. July 1, 2003.


§1129105.  Municipalities and fire protection districts  Contracts.

A municipality may:

1.  Provide protection from fire for all persons and property within its boundaries;

2.  Contract to give or receive such protection to or from one or more municipalities or private organizations;

3.  Provide fire protection jointly with one or more municipalities or private organizations;

4.  Contribute toward the support of any fire department in return for fire protection service;

5.  Create fire protection districts within the limits of the municipality encompassing areas served by fire protection services; or

6.  Provide fire protection for persons and property outside its corporate limits provided that said fire protection has been authorized by the governing body of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29105, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1993, c. 241, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993.

  

§1129106.  Contracts respecting fire protection.

Any contract for fire protection entered into by the governing bodies of municipalities shall expressly stipulate the terms and conditions upon and in compliance with which each party thereof is to cooperate in furnishing, maintaining, and operating fire equipment for outside aid or mutual aid or making payment for such service.  Governing bodies may contract to supply fire protection to owners of any individual properties.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1129107.  Firefighters working outside limits  Compensation  Pension fund.

All municipal firefighters, full paid or volunteer, attending and serving at fires or doing fire prevention work or rescue, resuscitation, first aid, inspection or any other official work outside the corporate limits of a municipality as provided in Sections 29105 through 29108 of this title shall be considered as serving in their regular line of duty as full as if they were serving within the corporate limits of their own municipality; but fuel paid firefighters shall receive no additional compensation, and volunteer firefighters shall receive only such compensation as may be provided for by ordinance or resolution for such cases.  All such firefighters shall be entitled to all the benefits of any pension fund, firemen's relief and pension fund in the same manner as if the fire fighting or fire prevention work or rescue, resuscitation, first aid, inspection or any other official work has been within the corporate limits of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1129108.  Fire department answering calls outside corporate limits considered agent of state  Liability for damages.

A municipal fire department answering any fire alarms or performing fire prevention services or rescue, resuscitation, first aid, inspection or any other official work outside the corporate limits of its municipality shall be considered an agent of the State of Oklahoma, and acting solely and alone in a governmental capacity. Said municipality shall not be liable in damages for any act of commission, omission, or negligence while answering or returning from any fire or reported fire or doing or performing any fire prevention work or rescue, resuscitation, first aid, inspection or any other official work.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-29-109.  Municipalities permitted to contract for fire protection.

A.  Any city or town operating a paid fire department may contract with a private entity, organization, corporation or company for the performance of the essential functions of fire suppression, prevention, and life safety duties in a fire department and, if required, transfer capital assets used in fire protection services to a public trust for the use of the private entity, organization, corporation or company in providing such services.  Pursuant to the provisions of this act, the mayor shall issue an order calling for an election on the question of whether or not the city or town shall change its method of providing fire protection if:

1.  An initiative petition is filed with the governing body of the municipality; or

2.  The governing body, by resolution, so directs.

B.  The initiative petition or resolution of the governing body shall be filed with the clerk of the municipality at least one hundred twenty (120) days before the filing date for the next municipal general election.  The order calling for the election regarding fire protection services shall be issued by the mayor of the municipality within ten (10) days after a decision has been made on the ballot title, or within ten (10) days after the effective date of the resolution of the governing body.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 142, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§11-29-110.  Election on question of contracting for fire protection services.

The question of contracting for fire protection services with a private entity, organization, corporation or company and, if required, the transfer of capital assets used in fire protection services to a public trust, shall be submitted to the registered voters of the city or town at the next general election, or a special election to be held in the city or town not less than thirty (30) days nor more than sixty (60) days after the date of the order calling for the election.  Notice of the election on the question shall be given by the governing body in a manner required for municipal elections.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 142, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§11-29-111.  Ballot - Canvass of returns and resolution of governing body.

A.  1.  The question submitted to the registered voters of the municipality shall be substantially in the following form:

Shall the City of ___________ contract for fire protection services with a private entity, organization, corporation or company?

(  )  Yes

(  )  No

2.  If the question includes the transfer of capital assets used in fire protection services, a second question shall be submitted to the registered voters of the municipality and shall be substantially in the following form:

Shall the City of ___________ transfer ownership of capital assets used in fire protection services to a public trust for use by the private entity, organization, corporation or company in providing such services?

(  )  Yes

(  )  No

B.  1.  The secretary of the county election board shall, within five (5) days after the canvass of returns, certify the results of the election on the question to the governing body.

2.  If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of contracting for fire protection services with a private entity, organization, corporation or company, the governing body shall, within twenty (20) days after receiving the certification, adopt a resolution stating that the city or town will contract for fire protection services with a private entity, organization, corporation or company pursuant to a solicitation of proposals on a competitive bid basis pursuant to the provisions of the Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act.

3.  If a majority of the votes cast are in favor of transferring ownership of capital assets used in fire protection services to a public trust for use by the private entity, organization, corporation or company in providing such services, the governing body shall, within twenty (20) days after receiving the certification, adopt a resolution stating that the city or town will create a public trust for such purpose and transfer ownership of the assets to the public trust.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 142, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§11-29-112.  Recording and filing of resolutions.

The resolutions required pursuant to Section 3 of this act shall be recorded in the office of the county clerk and filed in the office of the Secretary of State and in the archives of the city.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 142, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§11-29-113.  Fire protection services to meet or exceed current level of service.

The delivery of fire protection services shall meet or exceed the current levels and standards of fire protection services being provided by the municipality, pursuant to the provisions of Section 324.8 of Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes, in order for a private entity, organization, corporation or company to provide fire protection services to a municipality.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 142, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§11-29-114.  Certain firefighters governmental employees and members of the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System.

All firefighters in the state whose fire department provides fire protection services to a participating municipality, as defined in paragraph 9 of Section 49-100.1 of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes, on or after the effective date of this act shall be governmental employees, as described in Internal Revenue Service Revenue Rule 89-49, 1989-1 CB 117, and shall be members of the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System.  The Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement Board shall determine whether a firefighter is a governmental employee as defined in this section.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 142, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§11-29-115.  Publication of income or loss statement and balance sheet.

Every private entity, organization, corporation or company providing fire protection services to a municipality shall, within ninety (90) days after the end of its fiscal year, publish one insertion in a legal newspaper that services that municipality.  Such insertion shall be a statement of income or loss and a balance sheet that relates only to the fire protection services being provided to the municipality.  The statement shall be prepared in conformance with generally accepted accounting principles along with an opinion of fair presentation by a certified public accountant.

Added by Laws 1997, c. 142, § 7, eff. Nov. 1, 1997.


§1129201.  Oklahoma Volunteer Firefighters Act  Purpose.

The purpose of the Oklahoma Volunteer Firefighters Act, Sections 29201 through 29205 of this title, is to provide for a uniform system of fire protection for the lives and property of the people of Oklahoma.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29201, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-29-202.  Definitions.

As used in Sections 29-201 through 29-205 of this title:

1.  "Volunteer firefighter" means a person who is enrolled as a member of a fire department and who serves in such capacity without receiving a regular salary;

2.  "Volunteer fire department" means a fire department which has in its employ not more than two full-time salaried firefighters; and

3.  "Municipality" means a municipality which has qualified to participate in the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29-202, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2003, c. 460, § 2, eff. July 1, 2003.


§1129203.  Size of volunteer department.

Any municipality having a volunteer fire department shall limit by ordinance the size of the volunteer fire department to not less than twelve nor more than twenty-five members for municipalities with a population of more than one thousand five hundred (1,500); or not less than eight or more than twenty-five members for municipalities with a population of eight hundred (800) to one thousand five hundred (1,500); or not less than six or more than twenty-five members for municipalities with a population of less than eight hundred (800).

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29-203, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1980, c. 352, § 51, eff. Jan. 1, 1981; Laws 1981, c. 3, § 1, emerg. eff. Feb. 19, 1981; Laws 1983, c. 230, § 1, emerg. eff. June 17, 1983; Laws 2002, c. 115, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2002.


§1129204.  Minimum rules and regulations of volunteer fire department.

Any municipality which has volunteers enrolled as members of the fire department shall adopt by ordinance a code of minimum rules and regulations in substantial compliance with the following:

Article 1.  The Fire Chief.

(a)  The chief shall be the head of the department, subject to the laws of the State of Oklahoma, ordinances of this municipality, and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant to this section.  The chief shall be appointed in the manner provided by law applicable to this municipality for the appointment of municipal officers.

(b)  The chief shall be responsible for the general condition and efficient operation of the department, the training of members, and the performance of all other duties imposed upon him by law or the municipality.

(c)  The chief may inspect or cause to be inspected by members of the department, the municipal fire hydrants, cisterns, and other sources of water supply of the municipality at least twice a year.

(d)  The chief shall maintain a library or file of publications on fire prevention and fire protection and shall make use of it to the best advantage of all members.

(e)  The chief shall make every effort to attend all fires and shall direct the officers and members in the performance of their duties.

(f)  The chief shall see that the citizens are kept informed on fire hazards in the community and on the activities of the department.

(g)  The chief shall see that each fire is carefully investigated to determine its cause, and in the case of suspicion of incendiarism shall notify proper authorities.  The chief shall secure and preserve all possible evidence for future use in the case of suspicious incendiarism.

(h)  The chief shall file the appropriate activity report forms with the Office of the State Fire Marshal in Oklahoma City on an annual basis.  The activity report forms shall be designed by the State Fire Marshal and shall include, but not be limited to, the amount of property and vehicle fire loss, types of fires, inspections and investigations.  The report shall include notification of all fire-related civilian deaths and injuries in the respective jurisdiction and of fire fighter deaths in the line of duty and of fire fighter injuries in the line of duty requiring the services of a hospital or physician or both.

Article 2.  The Assistant Chief.

In the absence of the chief, the assistant chief on duty shall command the department and shall have the full powers and responsibilities of the chief.

Article 3.  Company Officers.

The company officers shall be selected upon their:  1. knowledge of fire fighting, 2. leadership ability, and 3. knowledge of fire fighting equipment.

Article 4.  The SecretaryTreasurer.

One member elected by the fire department shall be secretarytreasurer.  His duties shall consist of the following:  1. Calling the roll at the opening of each meeting, 2. Keeping the minutes of each meeting, and 3. Collecting any money due the department by the members.

Article 5.  New Members.

(a)  All new members shall be on probation for one (1) year after their appointment.

(b)  New volunteer members upon completion of their probation period must be approved by the majority of the fire department.

Article 6.  Bylaws.

The bylaws of the department shall include but shall not be limited to the following:

(a)  All volunteer fire fighters are required to respond to alarms of fire and other emergencies when notified.

(b)  A volunteer fire fighter is required to be present at all regular meetings, call meetings, and schools presented for the benefit of the fire fighters.

(c)  There shall be at least one regular business meeting each month.

(d)  Any volunteer fire fighter having two unexcused absences in succession or three unexcused absences in a period of three (3) months will be expelled from the fire department rolls.

(e) Volunteer fire fighters leaving the municipality for an extended period of time will be required to notify the chief.

(f)  Any volunteer fire fighter refusing to attend training classes provided for him will be expelled from the rolls.

(g)  Any volunteer member of the fire department shall be expelled from the rolls for the following offenses:  1. Conduct unbecoming a fire fighter, 2. Any act of insubordination, 3. Neglect of duty, 4. Any violation of rules and regulations governing the fire department, or 5. Conviction of a felony.

Amended by Laws 1982, c. 83, § 2; Laws 1983, c. 202, § 3, operative July 1, 1983; Laws 1986, c. 190, § 5, operative July 1, 1986; Laws 1990, c. 16, § 2, emerg. eff. March 29, 1990.


§1129205.  Copies of volunteer fire department ordinances submitted to Insurance Commissioner.

Copies of the ordinances adopted by any municipality in compliance with the provisions of Sections 29203 and 29204 of this title shall be submitted to the State Insurance Commissioner when such ordinances are adopted or amended by the municipal governing body.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 29205, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-29-301.  Definitions.

A.  As used in this section and Section 4 of this act:

1.  "Combination fire department" means a fire department which has in its employ more than two full-time salaried firefighters and at least one but not more than twenty-five volunteer firefighters.  However, a fire department that would otherwise be considered a "combination fire department" under this definition but for the fact that it had more than twenty-five (25) volunteer firefighters on June 1, 2003, shall be considered a "combination fire department" as long as it does not exceed the number of volunteer firefighters that it had on June 1, 2003; and

2.  "Volunteer firefighter of a combination fire department" means a person who is enrolled as a volunteer member of a combination fire department and who serves in such capacity without receiving a regular salary.  The person, who is a salaried employee of a municipality, shall not serve as a volunteer firefighter of a combination fire department if such service as a volunteer firefighter is a condition of employment with the municipality.  A person, who is a salaried public safety employee of a municipality, shall not serve as a volunteer firefighter of a combination fire department unless the person is off duty and such service is not a condition of employment.

B.  For the purposes of this subsection, a public safety employee is a person employed to serve as a salaried firefighter, police or other law enforcement officer or emergency medical technician.

Added by Laws 2003, c. 460, § 3, eff. July 1, 2003.


§11-29-302.  Application of other provisions of law.

The provisions of Sections 29-101 through 29-115 of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes relating to paid fire departments, paid fire chiefs, paid firefighters or fire department equipment or other property shall also apply to combination fire departments unless otherwise noted.

Added by Laws 2003, c. 460, § 4, eff. July 1, 2003.


§11-29-303.  Duties of volunteer firefighters of combination fire department.

Volunteer firefighters of a combination fire department shall:

1.  Be required, when notified, to respond to alarms of fire and other emergencies;

2.  Be required to be present at all regular meetings, call meetings and schools presented for the benefit of the firefighters;

3.  Be dropped from a fire department's rolls if such volunteer firefighter has two unexcused absences in succession or three unexcused absences in a period of three (3) months;

4.  Notify the chief if such volunteer firefighter is leaving the municipality for an extended period of time;

5.  Be expelled from the rolls if such volunteer firefighter refuses to attend training classes provided for him or her;

6.  Be expelled from the rolls for the following offenses:

a. conduct unbecoming of a firefighter,

b. any act of insubordination,

c. neglect of duty,

d. any violation of rules and regulations governing the fire department, or

e. conviction of a felony; and

7.  Reside in the same county as the combination fire department he or she is enrolled in or in a county that immediately borders the county in which the combination fire department is located.  

Added by Laws 2003, c. 460, § 5, eff. July 1, 2003.


§11-29-304.  Volunteer Firefighter Recognition Program.

There is hereby created a "Volunteer Firefighter Recognition Program".  This program shall recognize the following persons with a certification of recognition from the Governor:

1.  Employers of volunteer firefighters who allow the firefighter time off for training and emergency responses; and

2.  Volunteer firefighters for their service to the citizens of their community and to this state.

Added by Laws 2003, c. 460, § 6, eff. July 1, 2003.


§1130101.  Establishment of municipal hospitals  Financial statement and estimate.

A municipal governing body may establish and maintain a municipal hospital and do all things necessary and proper in its discretion pursuant to the authority granted to it by the Constitution and laws of this state to further the ability of the municipality to provide hospital service. After the establishment of a municipal hospital, the governing body shall include an item in its municipal financial statement and estimate of needs for the following fiscal year to maintain the hospital.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 61, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1130102.  Hospital board of control.

The municipal governing body may, in its discretion and by ordinance, place the exclusive management and control of the municipal hospital under a board of control of five (5) members, chosen by the governing body from the citizens of any school district which is part of the municipality with reference to their fitness for such office.  The members of the board of control shall hold office for a term of five (5) years from the first day of May following their appointment, and their terms shall be staggered.  At the first regular meeting of the board, the members shall cast lots for respective terms of one year, two years, three years, four years, and five years; thereafter the terms of all members shall be five (5) years.  Vacancies in the board of control shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 30102, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1995, c. 34, § 1, emerg. eff. Mar. 31, 1995.


§1130103.  Organization of board.

The board of control shall, immediately after the appointment and qualification of its members, meet and organize by electing one member as president and one member as secretary.  The municipal treasurer shall act as treasurer of the board.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 30103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1130104.  Rules and regulations  Expenditures and receipts  Hospital fund  Personnel.

The board of control shall adopt rules and regulations for its own guidance and for the governance and operation of the municipal hospital, not inconsistent with this article, which shall be subject to the approval of the municipal governing body.  It shall have exclusive control of expenditures of all moneys collected and deposited to the credit of the municipal hospital fund, of the hospital building or buildings, and of the care and custody of the grounds, rooms, or buildings purchased, leased or set apart for the hospital.  All money received by the board on account of the operation of the hospital, or otherwise, shall be paid by the board to the municipal treasurer, who shall deposit the same in a special account in the municipal treasury to be designated the "hospital fund."  Such moneys shall be paid out only upon warrants authorized by the board, drawn and signed by its secretary, and countersigned by its president.  The board shall have authority to establish a petty cash fund, not to exceed the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) at any one time, for use in maintaining the hospital, which money shall be expended by the superintendent of the hosptial on forms prescribed and authorized by the board of control.  The board of control shall have authority to appoint, and remove, a suitable superintendent, or matron, or both, and necessary assistants and nurses, and to fix their compensation, all of which shall be subject to the approval of the municipal governing body.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 30104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1130105.  Meetings  Examinations  Pecuniary interest.

The board of control shall hold meetings at least once each month and keep a complete record of all its proceedings.  Three members of the board shall constitute a quorum thereof.  One of its members shall visit and examine the hospital at least twice each month.  No member of the board shall have a pecuniary interest, either directly or indirectly, in any purchase for the hospital, except when such a purchase is made upon a competitive bid basis.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 30105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1130106.  Qualifications of nurses and attendants  Physicians and surgeons.

The board of control shall appoint none other than competent and experienced nurses and attendants for the municipal hospital, and employ competent and experienced physicians and surgeons to care for, and render medical and surgical treatment to, the patients of the hospital.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 30106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1130107.  Donations.

Any person desiring to make donations of money, personal or real property for the benefit of the municipal hospital, or for the establishment, maintenance or endowment of the hospital, shall have the right to vest the title to such money or property in the municipality, to be held and controlled by the municipality, when accepted, according to the terms of the donation.  The municipality shall be held and considered to be a special trustee as to such money or property donated.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 30107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1130108.  Grounds and building.

The board of control shall have the power, with the approval of the municipal governing body, to purchase grounds and erect thereon a suitable building for the hospital and to suitably equip the same. The title to the grounds so purchased, as well as any building thereon, shall be taken in the name of the municipality as grantee.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 30108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1130109.  Annual report of board of control.

The board of control shall make, on or before the thirtyfirst day of July in each year, an annual report to the municipal governing body stating:

1.  The condition of its trust on the thirtieth day of June of that year;

2.  The various sums of money and property received, and how such moneys have been expended and for what purposes;

3.  The financial condition of the hospital;

4.  The budget for the hospital for the next fiscal year;

5.  The number of its physicians, attendants, nurses and employees; and

6.  Such other information and suggestions as it may deem of general interest.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 30109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1131101.  Establishment of municipal libraries  Financial statement and estimate.

A municipal governing body may establish and maintain a public library for the use and benefit of the citizens of the municipality. The governing body may establish branch libraries in different parts of the municipality to accommodate the citizens of the municipality.  After the establishment of a municipal public library, the municipal governing body shall include an item in its municipal financial statement and estimate of needs for the following fiscal year to maintain the public library.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 31101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1131102.  Library board of directors.

The municipal governing body may, in its discretion and by ordinance, place the management and control of the public library under a library board of directors.  The library board shall consist of at least five but not more than nine directors, chosen by the municipal governing body from the citizens of the municipality with reference to their fitness for such office.  No director shall receive compensation as such.  Directors appointed to the library board shall hold office for a term of three (3) years from the first day of May following their appointment, and their terms shall be staggered.  The municipal governing body may remove any director for misconduct or neglect of duty.  Vacancies in the library board of directors shall be filled in the same manner as original appointments.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 31102, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1992, c. 381, § 1, eff. July 1, 1992.


§1131103.  Organization of library board.

The library board, immediately after the appointment and qualification of its directors, shall meet and organize by electing one director as president, one director as secretary, and by electing such other officers as the board may deem necessary.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 31103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1131104.  Powers and duties of library board  Fixing of fees.

The library board shall have control and supervision of the public library of the municipality.  The library board may appoint a suitable librarian and remove the librarian, subject to approval of the municipal governing body.  The board shall fix any fees to be charged by the library and shall have such other powers and authority as may be provided by ordinances of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 31104, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 16, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1992, c. 381, § 2, eff. July 1, 1992.


§1131105.  Grounds and building.

The library board shall have the power, with the approval of the municipal governing body, to purchase grounds and erect thereon a suitable building for the use of the municipal library and to suitably equip the same, and to lease rooms or buildings for the use of the library. The title to any grounds so purchased or leased, as well as any building thereon, shall be taken in the name of the municipality as grantee.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 31105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1131106.  Library board may impose fines or penalties.

The library board may impose fines or suitable penalties for loss of, failure to return, or damage to library materials, subject to ordinances which the municipal governing body may enact.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 31106, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1992, c. 381, § 3, eff. July 1, 1992.


§1131107.  Donations.

Any person desiring to make donations of money, personal or real property for the benefit of the municipal library shall have the right to vest the title to such money or property in the municipality, to be held and controlled by the municipality, when accepted, according to the terms of the donation.  The municipality shall be held and considered to be a special trustee as to such property or money donated.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 31107, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1992, c. 381, § 4, eff. July 1, 1992.


§1131108.  Annual report of board.

The library board shall make, on or before the thirtyfirst day of July in each year, an annual report to the municipal governing body stating:

1.  The condition of its trust on the thirtieth day of June of that year;

2.  The various sums of money and property received from the library fund and other sources, and how such moneys have been expended and for what purposes;

3.  The budget for the library for the next fiscal year;

4.  Statistics on the general character and number of books and periodicals which:

a.  are on hand;

b.  are lost or missing;

c.  have been added by purchase, gift or otherwise during the year; and

d.  have been loaned out during the year;

5.  The number of persons making use of the library during the year; and

6.  Such other information, statistics and suggestions as it may deem of general interest.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 31108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132101.  Definitions.

As used in Sections 32101 through 32117 of this title, the terms "public parking stations" and "parking stations" include parking lots, parking areas, passageways, arcades, buildings or other structures for parking or storage of automotive vehicles, and facilities for ingress and egress to automobile parking facilities.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132102.  General powers of municipality.

A municipal governing body may:

1.  acquire or construct parking stations within the limits of the municipality;

2.  own, maintain, and operate parking stations;

3.  own and lease parking stations to or cause parking stations to be maintained and operated by a financially responsible person, firm, or corporation; or

4.  own and lease to a responsible person, firm, or corporation who shall construct, finance, and operate one or more parking stations.

The right of the municipality to own, lease, maintain, operate, and cause to be operated parking facilities and to fix and collect fees and tolls for the use of said facilities is hereby declared to be a public right and use.  Said right and facilities shall constitute a public benefit.  The municipal governing body may do all things necessary and proper in its discretion pursuant to the authority granted to it by the Constitution and laws of this state to further the ability of the municipality to provide parking facilities and services.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 62, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1132103.  Acquiring land for parking stations  Title.

A municipal governing body, in its discretion, may acquire, by purchase, gift or condemnation, lands for public parking stations for the control of traffic within the corporate limits of the municipality.  In acquiring lands for public parking stations by condemnation, the provisions of state law relating to the exercise of eminent domain by railroads shall be followed.  The title to land condemned or otherwise acquired for parking stations shall be vested in the municipality; and the costs thereof may be paid as provided in Section 32105 of this title for parking station improvements.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132104.  Rights of common carriers and utilities.

If the exercise of powers granted by Sections 32103, and 32105 through 32117 of this title by the municipality makes necessary the relocation, raising, rerouting or changing the grade of or altering the construction of any railroad, common carrier, or public utility property or facility, then all such relocation, raising, rerouting, changing of grade or alteration of construction shall be accomplished at the expense of the parking station improvement district.  The municipality shall not disturb the possession or operation of any railroad, common carrier, or public utility in or to the appropriated property or facility until the relocated property or facilities are available for use and until marketable title thereto has been transferred to the railroad, common carrier or public utility.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132105.  Establishing parking station improvement district  Restrictions on cost.

A municipal governing body may make or cause to be made municipal parking facilities or improvements thereon which confer a special benefit upon property within a definable area of the municipality and may levy and collect special assessments upon property in the area deemed by the governing body to be benefited by the improvement.  The improvement district shall be established by the adoption of a resolution of the governing body.  In the resolution, the governing body shall:

1.  Fix the percentage of cost of acquiring and improving lands for parking stations which is to be assessed against the improvement district; and

2.  Direct and order a public hearing on the advisability of the improvement, as provided in Section 32107 of this title.

The municipality may pay such portion of the cost of the improvement as the governing body may determine, but not more than fifty percent (50%) of the total cost thereof.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132106.  Surveys and plans of proposed parking stations.

Before establishing an improvement district for parking stations, the governing body may conduct a survey and investigation for the purpose of determining:

1.  Suitable locations for parking stations;

2.  The approximate cost of acquiring and improving the land therefor;

3.  The area to be included in the improvement district or districts; or

4.  The percentage of the costs of acquiring and improving such parking stations which shall be paid by the municipality and the property owners within the district.

A written report on such survey and investigation shall be filed in the office of the municipal clerk.  For the purpose of the survey and investigation, the governing body may employ appraisers, engineers, and other persons as it may deem necessary. The cost of the survey and investigation shall be included as a part of the cost of acquiring and improving the land for parking stations; except that  if no land be acquired, the costs may be paid from the general fund of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132107.  Public hearing on improvement  Notice.

Before any contract is let or work is ordered or authorized for parking station improvements, except the survey and investigation authorized in Section 32106 of this title, the governing body shall conduct a public hearing on the advisability of the improvement, as set forth in the resolution establishing the improvement district. Notice of the hearing shall be given by:

1.  Publishing a notice in not less than two (2) issues of a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality.  The two (2) publications shall be seven (7) days apart, and the last publication shall be at least three (3) days before the hearing; and

2.  Mailing a postal card, or a copy of the newspaper publication, to each listed owner of property within the district, as shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office, which mailing shall be not less than ten (10) days before the hearing on the improvement.

The notice by mail and by publication shall contain:

1.  The time and place of the hearing;

2.  The general nature of the proposed improvements;

3.  The estimated or probable cost of the proposed improvements;

4.  The extent of the proposed improvement district to be assessed;

5.  The proposed method of assessment; and

6.  The proposed apportionment of cost between the improvement district and the muncipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132108.  Resolution authorizing improvement  Notice.

The governing body may, by a majority vote of its entire membership, adopt a resolution authorizing the parking station improvement at any time within six (6) months after the final adjournment of the hearing on the advisability of making the improvement.  Notice of the resolution shall be published in at least two (2) issues of a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality.  The notice shall state that any record owner of property liable to assessment may protest the improvement, as provided in Section 32109 of this title.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132109.  Protest.

The parking station improvement shall not be commenced if, within thirty (30) days after the last publication of the resolution ordering the improvement, written protests have been filed by both:

1.  A majority of the record owners of property liable for assessment within the improvement district; and

2.  The record owners of more than onehalf the area liable for assessment in the district.

The governing body shall be judge of the sufficiency of any protest and its decision shall be final and conclusive.  Names may be withdrawn from any protests by the signers thereof at any time before the governing body convenes to determine the sufficiency thereof.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132110.  Petition for improvement  Contents.

A petition for any parking station improvement may be filed with the municipal clerk.  The petition shall be signed by either:

1.  A majority of the record owners of property liable for assessment under the proposal; or

2.  The record owners of more than onehalf the area liable for assessment under the proposal.

The petition shall set forth:

1.  The general nature of the proposed improvement;

2.  The estimated or probable cost;

3.  The extent of the proposed improvement district to be assessed;

4.  The proposed methods of assessment; and

5.  The proposed apportionment of cost between the improvement district and the municipality.

Upon the filing of the petition, the governing body may make findings by resolution as to the advisability of the improvement, the nature of the improvement, the estimated cost, the boundaries of the improvement district, the method of assessment and apportionment of cost between the improvement district and the municipality, all as determined by the governing body.  Thereupon the governing body may proceed without notice and hearing to order the improvement as provided in Section 32108 of this title, except that no protests shall be received as provided therein.  The area of the improvement district finally determined by the governing body to be assessed may not exceed the district proposed in the petition unless notice is given and a hearing held as provided in Section 32107 of this title, and the proceedings shall be subject to protest as in other cases.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132111.  Rules applicable to a petition for improvement.

For the purposes of a petition for parking station improvement, the following shall apply:

1.  After any petition has been signed by an owner of land in the improvement district, any change in ownership of the land shall not affect the petition;

2.  If any of the owners of lands within the improvement district are tenants in common or joint tenants, each cotenant or joint tenant shall be considered a landowner to the extent of his undivided interest in said land;

3.  The owner of a life estate shall be deemed the sole landowner;

4.  Guardians of minors or insane persons may petition for their wards when authorized by the probate court to do so; and

5.  An Oklahoma corporation having its registered office in the municipality and owning land in the improvement district shall be deemed a record landowner.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32111, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132112.  Limitation on suits contesting establishment of the district.

No suit shall be maintained in any court to enjoin or in any way contest the establishment of parking stations or the establishment of an improvement district unless the suit be instituted and summons served within thirty (30) days after the date of the filing of a petition for the improvement with the municipal clerk, or within thirty (30) days after the date of the public hearing on the advisability of the improvement.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32112, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132113.  Apportionment of costs  Assessing ordinance  Limitation on suits.

The portion of the cost of any improvement to be assessed against the property in the improvement district shall be apportioned against the property in accordance with the special benefits accruing thereto by reason of the improvement.  The cost may be assessed equally per front foot or per square foot against all lots and pieces of land within the improvement district or the cost may be determined and fixed on the basis of any other reasonable assessment plan which will result in imposing substantially equal burdens or shares of the cost upon property similary benefited.  The governing body shall determine the final apportionment of costs of the improvement and shall levy, by ordinance, assessments in accordance with the apportionment against the property liable therefor.  No suit shall be maintained in any court to enjoin or in any way contest the validity of any special assessment for the cost of acquiring or improving parking stations unless the same be instituted and summons served within thirty (30) days after the date of the publication of the ordinance levying the assessment.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32113, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132114.  Levy and collection of costs  Installments  Issuance of bonds.

The levy and assessment shall be payable in not more than ten equal annual installments.  Interest on the whole amount remaining due and unpaid each year shall be at a rate not exceeding eight percent (8%) per annum.  Delinquent installments, and the unpaid interest thereon, shall draw interest at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum from maturity until paid.  Any owner of land within the improvement district may, within thirty (30) days after the assessing ordinance is passed, pay the entire amount assessed against such land.  The assessing ordinance may provide that if the entire amount of all assessments shall not have been paid within thirty (30) days after passage of the assessing ordinance, special assessment bonds may be issued, sold, collected and enforced as to unpaid installments of assessments in the same manner as bonds for municipal street improvements are issued, sold, collected and enforced.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32114, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132115.  Cost of maintaining or operating parking stations  Charges.

After any parking stations are acquired and improved by the municipality, the cost of maintaining, operating and policing the same shall be borne by the municipality.  The use of the parking stations may be free or for such charge or charges as shall be determined by the governing body, to be collected either by parking meters, by attendants, or otherwise.  The governing body may also prescribe and enforce any fees or charges which are to be made for the use of such facilities by any lessee or operator of the parking stations.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32115, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132116.  Easements on streets and alleys for parking stations  Lease of parking stations by municipality.

A.  For the purposes of this article, the right of public use and of the enjoyment of the streets and alleys within any municipality, heretofore or hereafter dedicated or otherwise established, is hereby declared to constitute an easement on the land upon which the streets and alleys are located.  Such easement is hereby vested in the State of Oklahoma with all incidents of ownership thereof, except as provided in subsection B of this section; provided, that the management of such easements located within any municipality is hereby delegated to the municipality except insofar as the management of the easements has been, or hereafter shall be expressly restricted by law.  The proprietary right in the easements and the management thereof shall not operate to alter, impair or divest in any manner whatsoever the state or any of its political subdivisions to the extent of any delegation by the state of the governmental control and regulation of the use and enjoyment of streets and alleys as thoroughfares.

B.  All improvements made to any street or alley and all maintenance and repair thereof shall be effected solely pursuant to the governmental control and regulation of the streets and alleys as thoroughfares; and the ownership and management of the easements described herein as such shall not include the right of improvement or maintenance of the easements.

C.  For the purpose of expediting traffic and the use and enjoyment by the public of the easements described herein for throughfares, each municipality to which management thereof is delegated may prohibit parking or may designate specific portions of the easements for limited use for vehicle parking; may prescribe the limitations of such use for specified periods of time; may fix and collect a fee or charge for such limited and special use by vehicle operators, which fee or charge may be required to be paid in advance for each specified period of time; may lease designated portions of the easements for the operation of limited vehicle parking thereon upon the condition that the lessee under any such lease shall make no greater charges for vehicle parking on the leased portion or different periods of parking use than shall be specified in the lease.  Each municipality, by ordinance, may protect any selfoperated or leased parking stations or any portions of the easements designated for prohibited or limited vehicular parking from unauthorized trespass, may penalize violations, and authorize the removal and impoundment and sale for costs of removal and penalties of any trespassing vehicle.  All revenues derived from fees and charges by any municipality and all lease rentals from the leasing of the easements shall be received by the municipality as compensation for its management of the easements.

D.  Any lease made pursuant to this article shall constitute an enforceable contract between the respective municipality and its lessee, and shall not be impaired by any action of the municipality during its effective term.  Nothing herein appearing to the contrary shall imply any surrender, divestiture, limitation or impairment of any lawful governmental power of the state or any of its political subdivisions in relation to any subject whatsoever.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32116, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1132117.  Disposal of parking station property.

If any parking station so acquired and improved shall become unsuitable or unusable as a parking station, the governing body, by ordinance, may discontinue the use of the land as a parking station and use the same for other municipal purposes or sell the same as provided by law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 32117, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133101.  Purpose of Oklahoma public parks and recreation law.

The purpose of Sections 33101 through 33115 of this title is to promote the establishment, operation and support of public recreational facilities for the welfare of the people by local governmental units of Oklahoma either singly or jointly.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133102.  Definitions.

For the purposes of Sections 33101 through 33115 of this title, the term "governing body" means any city council, city commission, town board of trustees, board of county commissioners, school board, or other body acting in lieu thereof, in the State of Oklahoma.  The term "governmental unit" means any city, town, school district, or county in the State of Oklahoma.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133103.  Powers of cities, towns, counties and school districts.

Any city, town, school district or county may establish, provide, maintain, construct, set apart and conduct, either singly or jointly in cooperation with one or more of the other governmental units specified herein, parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, athletic fields or grounds, swimming pools, social and community centers, and other facilities and activities in public schools, parks, buildings and facilities now owned or acquired.  For such purposes the governing body of the governmental unit may dedicate and set apart for use as playgrounds, recreation centers and other recreational purposes any lands or buildings, or both, owned or leased by the governmental unit and not dedicated or devoted to another public use.  The governmental unit may, in such manner as may now or hereafter be authorized or provided by law for the acquisition of lands or buildings for public purposes by the governmental unit, acquire or lease lands or buildings, or both, within or beyond the corporate limits of the governmental unit for playgrounds, recreation centers and other recreational purposes. When the governing body of the governmental unit shall dedicate, set apart, acquire or lease buildings for such purposes, it may on its own initiative provide for their conduct, equipment and maintenance according to the provisions of this subarticle by making an appropriation from the general revenues of the governmental unit as for other current expenses of the governmental unit.  Any governing body is hereby authorized and empowered to establish, provide, maintain, construct and conduct recreational activities on local nongovernmental properties as well as on publiclyowned facilities.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133104.  Joint establishment and conduct of system of recreation.

Any two or more governmental units may jointly establish and conduct such a system of recreation, including recreation centers, parks, swimming pools, playgrounds and any and all other recreational facilities and activities, and may exercise all the powers given by Sections 33101 through 33115 of this title. The respective governing bodies operating such a joint program or programs may provide by agreement among themselves for all matters connected with the program and determine what items of cost and expense shall be paid by each.  All such facilities and activities shall be governmental in nature, and no liability for negligence shall accrue against any participating governmental unit.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133105.  Powers of governing body  Creation and powers of recreation board or commission.

The governing body of any governmental unit may establish a system of supervised recreation and it may, by resolution or ordinance, vest the power to provide, maintain and conduct playgrounds, recreation centers and other recreational facilities and activities in a board, department or commission as it may determine.  Any agency so designated shall have the power to maintain and equip playgrounds, recreation centers and the buildings thereon, and it may, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this subarticle employ play leaders, playground directors, supervisors, recreational superintendents, and such other officers and employees as may be deemed proper.  However, all appropriations for such purposes shall remain and be vested in the governing body of the governmental unit.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133106.  Public recreation board or commission  Membership  Appointment.

A.  If the governing body or bodies of any governmental unit or units shall determine that the power to provide, establish, conduct and maintain such recreation centers, facilities and playgrounds shall be exercised by a board or commission acting through a public recreation department, the governing body or bodies shall, by resolution or ordinance, singly or jointly, establish in the governmental unit or units a public recreation board which shall possess all the powers necessary to the carrying out of the provisions of this subarticle, and the planning and providing of a comprehensive program of public recreation.  However, the financial and fiscal affairs of the board or commission and the public recreation program shall be under the supervision and control of the governing body or bodies of the governmental unit or units.

B.  If a public recreation board or commission is established, it shall consist of not less than five (5) persons serving without pay, to be appointed jointly by a majority of the members of the governing body or bodies of the governmental unit or units.  The term of office of each of the members of the board or commission shall be fixed by the governing body or bodies or the governmental unit or units; however all terms shall not expire at the same time. Immediately after their appointment, the members of the board or commission shall meet and organize by electing one of their members chairman, and such other offices as the board may deem necessary. The board or commission shall elect officers annually and may appoint permanent or temporary committees, who may or may not be members of the board or governing body, to advise and assist it in the conduct of its affairs.  Vacancies on the board or commission occurring otherwise than by expiration of their term of office shall be filled by the presiding officer of the governing body or bodies only for the unexpired term of the member whose vacancy is being filled.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133107.  Public recreation board or commission  Functions  Superintendent.

If a public recreation board or commission shall be established, it shall discharge its functions through a public recreation department, as provided in Section 33106 of this title, shall make annual reports, shall adopt rules and regulations and establish general policies for the conduct of its business and for the operation of public recreational activities and services.  It shall make an annual report to the governing body or bodies and such special reports as may be requested in writing by the governing body or any of the governing bodies; provided that a copy of all reports shall be furnished to each governing body if there be more than one. The public recreation board or commission, in order to carry out the provisions of this subarticle, shall recommend a superintendent of recreation, not of its own membership or of the membership of the governing body or bodies, who is trained in public recreation and who shall be responsible for formulating the recreational program and community organization for recreation and who shall be the administrative head of the public recreation department.  The superintendent shall be secretary of the public recreation board or commission, but shall have no vote.  The superintendent shall:

1.  Suggest and participate in planning public recreation and deciding upon matters of policy adopted by the board or commission;

2.  Recommend appointment of trained personnel within the budgetary limits of the department;

3.  Be in charge of all employees, and make all contracts and expenditures subject to the policies, rules and regulations of the board or commission;

4.  Direct and be responsible for the work performed;

5.  Make an annual report to the board or commission and such special reports as may be requested in writing by the board or commission; and

6.  Prepare annually a budget for the operation of the recreation program for the succeeding fiscal year.

Salaries of all employees, including that of the superintendent, shall be determined by the board or commission.  When the recreation program budget has been approved by the board or commission, it shall be presented to the governing body or bodies for approval. All funds credited to the public recreational board or commission shall be paid out as are other public funds.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133108.  Parallel systems within same area not authorized.

The provisions of Sections 33101 through 33115 of this title shall not be deemed to authorize a parallel system of general public recreation to be carried on by a governmental unit within the same area in which another governmental unit is located and operating a similar program.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133109.  Grants and devises of real property  Gifts and bequests.

Any governmental unit which may provide for or establish any recreation center or facilities as provided herein may accept any grant or devise of real estate, or any gift or bequest of money or other personal property or any donation to be applied (either principal or income) for either temporary or permanent use for playground or recreational centers or recreational purposes; but if the acceptance thereof for such purpose will subject such governmental unit to additional expense for improvement, maintenance or otherwise, the acceptance of any grant, devise or gift shall be subject to the approval of the governing body of such governmental unit.  Money received for such purpose, unless otherwise provided by the terms of the gift or bequest, shall be deposited with the treasurer of the governmental unit to be a special account of the recreation center or activity and shall be considered as a continuing fund to be used for such purpose and shall not be considered as a part of the cash surplus on hand of the governmental unit for the purpose of making appropriations and levying taxes for the governmental unit.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133110.  Bonds  Power to issue  Manner of issuance.

The governing body of the governmental unit may issue bonds, pursuant to law, provided that bonds of the governmental unit may be issued in the manner provided by law for the issuance of bonds for other functions, for the purpose of acquiring land or buildings for playgrounds, recreation centers, swimming pools and other recreational purposes, and for the equipment thereof.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133111.  Petition for recreation programs  Submission of question to voters.

Whenever a petition is signed by at least five percent (5%) of the registered voters of a governmental unit requesting its governing body to provide, establish, maintain, conduct, either singly or jointly with one or more of the other governmental units specified herein, a recreation system and an appropriate amount of funds necessary for the establishment thereof, it shall be the duty of the governing body of the governmental unit to cause the question of establishment, maintenance and conduct of the recreational system or facilities to be submitted to the registered voters of the governmental unit, and the proposition of the issuance of bonds therefor to be voted on in a special or general election.  Upon the adoption of the proposition, the governing body of the governmental unit shall by appropriate resolution or ordinance provide for the establishment, maintenance and conduct of such recreation center or other recreational purposes or facilities.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33111, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133112.  Limitation of indebtedness  Approval of bonds and proceedings by Attorney General.

Any indebtedness created or bonds issued under authority of Sections 33101 through 33115 of this title shall be within the limitations and provisions of Sections 26 or 27, Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution.  Any bonds or proceedings incident to the issuance shall be submitted to and approved by the Attorney General of Oklahoma, in the manner and with the effect provided in Sections 11, 13 and 14 of Title 62 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33112, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133113.  Buildings  Tax levy.

The governing body of a governmental unit may provide for the erection of buildings for any such recreational purposes or functions by providing for a tax levy therefor under the provisions of Section 10, Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33113, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133114.  Department of Tourism and Recreation  Aid and assistance  Existing authority not impaired.

The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department may provide, upon request, to the governmental units of Oklahoma or to any nongovernmental agency or organization, aid and assistance in planning for the development of wholesome and adequate community recreation programs.  The Department may provide a supervisor of recreation, who is technically trained, with adequate administrative experience in the field of community recreation, to encourage, consult with, aid and assist such governmental units and agencies in establishing recreation programs.  The supervisor of recreation may encourage and render assistance in the promotion of training programs for volunteer and professional recreation leaders in cooperation with other agencies, organizations and institutions, and may encourage the establishment of standards for recreation personnel.  The Department may act jointly with other state agencies, institutions, departments, boards or commissions, to coordinate the park and recreational functions at the state level of government.  Nothing in Sections 33101 through 33115 of this title shall be construed as limiting or impairing the authority or responsibility of any other department or agency of the State of Oklahoma under any other act.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33114, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133115.  Public recreation law cumulative.

The provisions of Sections 33101 through 33115 of this title shall in no manner supersede or repeal any laws now in force or effect or any charter provisions of any municipality relating to municipal parks or park boards, but shall be cumulative to all such laws and charter provisions thereof.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33115, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133201.  Municipality may lease or grant fishing and hunting privileges or licenses.

The governing body of any municipality owning or controlling lakes, ponds, streams or reservoirs for the purpose of furnishing water to the municipality may let, lease or rent, or issue privileges or licenses upon the water courses, lakes, ponds or reservoirs for the purpose of hunting, fishing and propagating fish, subject to rules and regulations as may be provided by the municipal governing body.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33201, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1133202.  Terms of leases  Exclusion of commercial propagation of fish.

No lease issued under the authority of Section 33201 of this title shall be for a longer period than ten (10) years, nor shall any lease be given to any individual, corporation, or stock company which has for its purpose the propagation of fish for commercial purposes unless the governing body of the municipality determines that the lake, pond, stream, water course or reservoir has not been used for at least three (3) years for amusement or recreational purposes.  However, if a lease contains a provision that the premises described in the lease shall be open to the public for free hunting and fishing privileges, then the lease may be for any period of time, not to exceed twentyfive (25) years.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33202, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1991, c. 313, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.


§11-33-203.  Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 35, eff. July 1, 1991.

§1133204.  Docks, boathouses and boats  Powers of municipalities.

The governing body of any municipality owning lands, inside or outside of the corporate limits, which adjoin and abut upon a lake or large body of water capable of being used by a motorpropelled boat may own, construct, maintain, operate, and equip docks, boathouses, and boats for amusement and recreational purposes.  The governing body may also lease or rent to any person lots or spaces and provide permits for the construction or use of privately owned boathouses or docks or other recreational purposes on such property for amusement and recreational purposes pursuant to such terms as the governing body deems proper.  Said governing body may fix and collect fares, rents, tolls, or other revenues for the use of said facilities, lots and spaces, and the issuance of permits.  The right of a municipality to own, construct, maintain, operate and equip said docks, boathouses, and boats, and to rent or lease such spaces and lots and the issuance of permits for the construction or use of such privately owned docks or boathouses for amusement and recreational purposes is hereby declared to be a public right and use.  Rent and lease of such lots and spaces shall be at fair market value.  Except in cases of rentals and leases authorized herein, said right and facilities shall constitute a public benefit.  The municipal governing body may do all things necessary and proper in its discretion pursuant to the authority granted to it by the Constitution and laws of this state to further the ability of the municipality to provide for the amusement and recreational services authorized by the provisions of this section.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 63, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1991, c. 152, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991.


§1133205.  Establishment of fish and game commission  Appointment  Powers.

The governing body of any municipality having a municipallyowned lake or lakes may provide by ordinance for the creation of a municipal Fish and Game Commission, and establish the number of members, their terms, and manner of appointment.  The municipal Fish and Game Commission shall exercise control and supervision over the hunting and fishing privileges on and around such lake or lakes and the improvement of such lake or lakes for hunting and fishing.  The Commission shall fix the fees to be charged for hunting and fishing, and have such other power and authority as may be provided by the ordinances of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 33205, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-34-101.  Police officers.

A.  A municipal police officer shall at all times have the power to make or order an arrest for any offense against the laws of this state or the ordinances of the municipality.  The officer shall have such other powers, duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

B.  In addition to regular full-time municipal police officers, reserve municipal police officers may also be appointed by the chief of police.  Reserve municipal police officers shall have the powers, duties and functions as set forth in law or ordinance for regular full-time municipal police officers, including serving as police officers in another municipality requesting assistance pursuant to Section 34-103 of this title.  A reserve municipal police officer shall serve on a part-time basis and shall perform duties only while on authorized duty.  Noncompensated reserve municipal police officers may serve as dispatchers or confinement officers at municipal jails.  The calculation for part-time reserve officers shall be as follows:

1.  For cities having a total population of less than two hundred thousand (200,000) persons, a reserve officer shall serve not more than one hundred ten (110) hours per calendar month; and

2.  For cities having a total population of two hundred thousand (200,000) or more persons, a reserve officer shall serve not more than one hundred forty (140) hours per calendar month.

Such reserve municipal police officers must meet the minimum requirements of Section 3311 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 34-101, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1981, c. 134, § 1; Laws 1997, c. 228, § 1, emerg. eff. May 20, 1997; Laws 2000, c. 162, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.


§1134102.  Chief of police.

The chief of police of a municipality shall be a peace officer and shall enforce the municipal ordinances.  He shall have such other powers, duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 34102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1134103.  Performance of police functions outside employing municipality.

A.  Members of the regular police department of any municipality, upon request of the mayor or a designee, or chief of police or a designee, of any other municipality, may serve as police officers in the municipality requesting their assistance upon approval of the governing body of the municipality where such officers are regularly employed.  While so serving in another municipality, such police officers shall have the same powers and duties as though employed by the municipality where such duties are performed; except that salaries, insurance and other benefits shall be provided in their regular manner by the municipality in which the police officers are regularly employed.

B.  Members of the regular police department of any municipality, upon request of a county sheriff or a designee, or upon request by a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, may serve as law enforcement officers for the sheriff's office or the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, respectively, if such service has been authorized by prior resolution by the governing body of the municipality where such officers are regularly employed.  While so serving, such police officers shall have the same powers and duties as though employed by the requesting law enforcement agency and when so acting they shall be deemed to be acting within the scope of employment of the requesting law enforcement agency; except that salaries, insurance and other benefits shall be provided in their regular manner by the municipality in which the police officers are regularly employed.

C.  Members of the regular police department of any municipality may be deputized by the county sheriff or a designee subject to an interlocal governmental agreement to combine city and county law enforcement efforts and to encourage cooperation between city and county law enforcement officials.  Liability for the conduct of any municipal police officers deputized under the terms and conditions of an interlocal governmental agreement shall remain the responsibility of their municipal employer.

D.  The governing body of a municipality may, by resolution, authorize the chief executive officer of the municipality to respond to any request from any other jurisdiction within the state for law enforcement assistance in cases of emergency.  The police officers of the municipality serving in response to the emergency request shall have the same powers and duties as though employed by the requesting law enforcement agency and when so acting they shall be deemed to be acting within the scope of employment of the requesting law enforcement agency; provided, however, that salaries, insurance and other benefits shall be provided in the regular manner by the municipality in which the police officers are regularly employed.

As used in this section, "emergency" means a sudden and unforeseeable occurrence or condition either as to its onset or its extent of such severity or magnitude that immediate response or action is necessary to assist law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction at the scene of the emergency to carry out their functions.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 34-103, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1979, c. 7, § 1, emerg. eff. March 30, 1979; Laws 1987, c. 63, § 1, emerg. eff. May 4, 1987; Laws 1988, c. 96, § 1, emerg. eff. April 1, 1988; Laws 1992, c. 285, § 2, emerg. eff. May 25, 1992; Laws 1996, c. 174, § 1, emerg. eff. May 14, 1996.


§11-34-104.  Disposition of personal property or money or legal tender.

A.  Any chief of police is authorized to dispose of personal property or money or legal tender as provided in this section or the charter of the municipality, which has come into the possession of the chief of police in any manner if:

1.  The owner of the personal property or money or legal tender is unknown or has not claimed the property;

2.  The property or money or legal tender has been in the custody of the chief of police for at least ninety (90) days; and

3.  The property or money or legal tender or any part thereof is no longer needed to be held as evidence or for any other purpose in connection with any litigation.

B.  The chief of police shall file an application in the district court in which the situs of government of the municipality is located requesting the authority of the court to conduct a sale of the personal property which has a fair market value of more than its face value.  The chief of police shall attach to the application a list describing the property including any identifying numbers and marks, the date the property came into the possession of the chief of police, and the name of the owner and the person in last possession, if different, and the address of the person, if known.  The court shall set the application for hearing not less than ten (10) days nor more than twenty (20) days after filing of the application.

C.  In any instance where the property has an actual or apparent value of more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00), at least ten (10) days prior to the date of the hearing, notice of the hearing shall be sent by certified mail to each owner at the address as listed in the application.  If the owner of any property with an actual or apparent value exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) is unable to be served notice by certified mail, notice shall be provided by one publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the property is in custody.  The notice shall contain a brief description of the property of the owner and the place and date of the hearing.  The notice shall be posted at the assigned place for the posting of municipal notices, and at two other public places in the municipality.

D.  If no owner appears and establishes ownership to the property at the hearing, the court shall enter an order authorizing the chief of police to dispose of the property as follows:

1.  Donate the property having value of less than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) to a not-for-profit corporation as defined in Title 18 of the Oklahoma Statutes for use by needy families;

2.  Sell the personal property for cash to the highest bidder, after at least five (5) days' notice of the sale has been published;

3.  Transfer the property to a third-party agent under contract with the governing body of the chief of police for sale by Internet or other electronic means, regardless of whether the sale structure or distribution site is within the State of Oklahoma; or

4.  By any other means as determined appropriate by the court, including but not limited to, destruction.

Regardless of the means of disposition, the chief of police shall make a return of the donation or sale and the order of the court confirming the donation or sale shall vest title to the property in the recipient or purchaser.  After payment of court costs and other expenses, the remainder of money received from the sale of the personal property shall be deposited in the municipal general fund.

E.  All money or legal tender which has come into the possession of the chief of police pursuant to the circumstances provided for in subsection A of this section shall be transferred by the chief of police to the municipal clerk for deposit in the municipal general fund.  Prior to any transfer, the chief of police shall file an application in the district court requesting the court to enter an order authorizing the chief of police to transfer the money for deposit in the municipal general fund.  The application shall describe the money or legal tender, the date the same came into the possession of the chief of police, and the name of the owner and the address of the owner, if known.  Upon filing the application which may be joined with an application as described in subsection B of this section, a hearing shall be set not less than ten (10) days nor more than twenty (20) days from the filing of the application.  Notice of the hearing shall be given as provided for in subsection C of this section.  The notice shall state that upon failure of anyone to appear to prove ownership to the money or legal tender, the court shall order the same to be deposited in the municipal general fund.  The notice may be combined with a notice to sell personal property as provided for in subsection B of this section.  If no one appears to claim and prove ownership to the money or legal tender at the hearing, the court shall order the same to be transferred to the municipal general fund as provided in this subsection.

F.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to any dangerous or deadly weapons, narcotic or poisonous drugs, explosives, or any property of any kind or character, which the possession of is prohibited by law.  By order of the trial court, any property filed as an exhibit or held by the municipality shall be destroyed or sold or disposed of, pursuant to the conditions prescribed in the order.

G.  The municipality is hereby authorized to establish a procedure for the registration of "lost and found" property.  The procedure shall give the finder of any property the option of relinquishing any future claim to found property at the time its possession is surrendered to the police or other agent of the municipality, or of retaining possession of the property after registering its description and the finders identity with the police department or other agent of the municipality.  Only property in which the finder relinquishes any future claim to its ownership will be stored in municipal police property rooms.

H.  The municipality may provide by ordinance that a percentage of the money or legal tender deposited in the municipal general fund as provided in subsection D or E of this section may be paid as a finders fee for services rendered to any person who found the unclaimed personal property or money or legal tender and delivered it to, or registered it with, the chief of police or other agent of the municipality.

Added by Laws 1983, c. 294, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.  Amended by Laws 1985, c. 73, § 1, emerg. eff. May 16, 1985; Laws 1989, c. 255, § 4, emerg. eff. May 19, 1989; Laws 1990, c. 44, § 1, emerg. eff. April 5, 1990; Laws 1995, c. 45, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1995; Laws 1998, c. 234, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2003, c. 91, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 56, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005.


§1134105.  Management and operation of jail facilities by Department of Corrections or private prison contractor.

A.  The governing body of any city or town is authorized to enter into professional services contracts with the State Department of Corrections for the housing of state prisoners in any facility approved by the State Department of Corrections or private contractors for the management and operation of any jail owned by the city or town or for the incarceration of inmates in facilities owned and operated by the city or town. Such services shall meet any standards prescribed and established for jails in this state, including but not limited to standards concerning internal and perimeter security, discipline of inmates, employment of inmates, and proper food, clothing, housing, and medical care.  Contracting procedures shall be pursuant to municipal ordinances.  Said contracts shall be entered into for a period not to exceed fifty (50) years, subject to annual appropriation by the governing body of the city or town.  Said contracts shall be valid for a fiscal year only if the governing body of the city or town provides an appropriation for the contract for the fiscal year.

B.  Any contract between a city or town and private prison contractor, whereby the contractor provides for the housing, care, and control of inmates in a facility owned and operated by the contractor, shall contain provisions granting the city or town the option at the beginning of each fiscal year to purchase, at a predetermined price any such facility.

C.  No contract authorized by the provisions of this section shall be awarded until the private contractor demonstrates to the satisfaction of the governing body:

1.  that the contractor has the necessary qualifications and experience to provide the services specified in thecontract;

2.  that the contractor has the necessary qualified personnel to implement the terms of the contract;

3.  that the financial condition of the contractor is such that the terms of the contract can be fulfilled;

4.  that the ability of the contractor to obtain insurance or provide selfinsurance to:

a. indemnify the city or town against possible lawsuits arising from the operation of jail facilities by the contractor, and

b. compensate the city or town for any property damage or expenses incurred due to the operation of jail facilities; and

5.  that the contractor has the ability to comply with applicable court orders and jail standards.

D.  A person designated by the governing body of the city or town shall monitor implementation of the contract.

E.  A private contractor, in implementing a contract pursuant to the provisions of this section, shall not be bound by state laws or other legislative enactments which govern the appointment, qualifications, duties, salaries or benefits of jailers or other employees of the jail facilities, except that any personnel authorized to carry and use firearms shall comply with the certification standards required by the provisions of Section 3311 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes and be authorized to use firearms only to prevent the commission of a felony, to prevent escape from custody, or to prevent an act which would cause death or serious bodily injury to the personnel or to another person.

F.  Except as otherwise provided, any state law or municipal ordinance governing municipal jails shall apply to jail facilities operated by a private contractor.

G.  Any offense which would be a crime if committed within a municipal jail also shall be a crime if committed in a jail facility operated by a private contractor.

Added by Laws 1987, c. 80, § 10, operative July 1, 1987. Amended by Laws 1987, c. 205, § 28, operative July 1, 1987.  

§11-34-106.  Use of unmarked vehicle prohibited - Official uniform required.

The State of Oklahoma hereby declares and states that the increased number of persons impersonating law enforcement officers by making routine traffic stops while using unmarked cars is a threat to the public health and safety of all the citizens of the State of Oklahoma; therefore it shall be unlawful for any municipal police department to use any vehicle which is not clearly marked as a law enforcement vehicle for routine traffic enforcement except as provided in Section 12-218 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  In addition to Section 12-218 of Title 47 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the peace officer operating the law enforcement vehicle for routine traffic stops shall be dressed in the official uniform including shoulder patches, badge, and any other identifying insignias normally used by the employing law enforcement agency.

Added by Laws 1999, c. 24, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999.  Amended by Laws 2003, c. 33, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2003.


§1135101.  Extension of utility lines and service beyond corporate limits.

Any municipality owning or operating its own system of generating or distributing energy or utilities, and any municipality engaged in the distribution of energy or utilities, may extend its lines, mains, and channels together with necessary appurtenances beyond the corporate limits of the municipality.  Such municipality may acquire, erect, construct and own all necessary poles, wire, lines, pipelines, mains, channels together with necessary appurtenances, apparatus and substations, and acquire rightsofway, and do all other things necessary and proper in carrying on the business outside of the corporate limits of the municipality to the same effect as it may now do within the corporate limits of the municipality.  Such municipality may construct or acquire lines, pipelines, mains or channels together with necessary appurtenances by purchase or otherwise and may sell such service to any person, firm or corporation outside of the limits of the municipality.

Amended by Laws 1987, c. 23, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1987.  

§11-35-102.  Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 35, eff. July 1, 1991.

§11-35-102.1.  Disposition of proceeds from investment of meter deposit funds.

The proceeds from any investments of meter deposit funds and any other earnings therefrom shall be considered to be profit derived from the investment and shall be placed in the fund from which the operation and maintenance expenses of the utility, for which the meter deposits invested were collected, are paid.  The investment of such funds by the municipality shall in no manner impair its obligation to any person, firm or corporation, to refund in full any or all deposits theretofore or thereafter made.

Added by Laws 1995, c. 166, § 5, emerg. eff. May 4, 1995.


§11-35-103.  Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 35, eff. July 1, 1991.

§11-35-104.  Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 35, eff. July 1, 1991.

§11-35-105.  Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 35, eff. July 1, 1991.

§11-35-106.  Repealed by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 35, eff. July 1, 1991.

§1135107.  Utility deposit  Refund  Notice  Forfeiture.

A.  Money in the municipal treasury which has been acquired as a utility deposit from a customer of a municipal utility shall be refunded or credited to the customer upon termination of the utility service and payment of all charges due and connected with the service, or at an earlier date as may be allowed by the municipality.  Refunds to the customer shall be made in accordance with the procedures set forth in this section.

B.  If a utility deposit is to be refunded to the customer instead of being credited to the account of the customer, a refund check or warrant payable to the customer shall be issued by the municipal utility within thirty (30) days following the termination of the utility service.

C.  Utility deposit refund checks or warrants of Five Dollars ($5.00) or less shall be cashed by the customer within one (1) year of the termination of the utility service.  Any such refund check or warrant not cashed by the customer within one (1) year of termination of the utility service shall be cancelled and the amount of the deposit shall be paid into the fund of the municipal utility for which the deposit was collected, or into the general fund as may be determined by the municipal governing body.  No municipal utility customer shall have the right to any claim or refund on the deposit following the expiration of the one-year time period as set forth in this subsection.

D.  If a utility deposit refund check or warrant in excess of Five Dollars ($5.00) has not been cashed by a customer within one (1) year following termination of the utility service to the customer, the municipality shall send written notice to the customer at the lastknown address of the customer stating that the refund check or warrant shall be cancelled and the deposit will be paid over to the municipality unless it is cashed by the customer within ninety (90) days of the date the notice is mailed by the municipality.  If the check or warrant is not cashed within the ninety (90) days, the check or warrant shall be cancelled and the amount of the deposit shall be paid into the fund of the municipal utility for which the deposit was collected, or into the general fund as may be determined by the governing body.  No municipal utility customer shall have a right to any claim or refund on the deposit after written notice and expiration of the ninetyday period in accordance with this subsection.

Added by Laws 1980, c. 253, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1980.  Amended by Laws 1991, c. 124, § 17, eff. July 1, 1991; Laws 1998, c. 234, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1998; Laws 2000, c. 104, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.


§1135201.  Sale or lease of municipally owned public utility  Applicability  Charters.

The provisions of this section through Section 35205 of this title relating to the procedure for selling or leasing municipally owned public utilities shall apply when the municipally owned public utility is to be sold or leased in its entirety and its fair market value exceeds Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00).  The provisions of this section through Section 35205 of this title shall not apply to any sale of property of a municipality to the state or any agency or county thereof or any sale or lease to a public trust of which the municipality is the sole beneficiary.  Any municipality governed by charter, when authorized by said charter, may sell, convey, or lease any public utility owned by the municipality without conducting an election as provided for in Section 35203 of this title.  For purposes of this section through Section 35-205 of this title, "public utility" shall be interchangeable with "public utilities, works and ways" and shall include municipally owned parks, lakes and recreation areas.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 35-201, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 64, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1995, c. 166, § 6, emerg. eff. May 4, 1995.


§1135202.  Necessity of voter authorization prior to sale or lease of public utility.

No public utility owned by any municipality, as defined in Section 35201 of this title, shall be sold, conveyed, leased or otherwise disposed of by the municipal governing body unless such sale, lease, conveyance, or other disposal of such utility shall be authorized by the vote of a majority of the registered voters of the municipality voting on the question at an election to be held for such purpose.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 35202, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1135203.  Procedure for sale or lease of public utility  Notice  Election.

The procedure for the sale or lease of a municipallyowned public utility shall be as follows:

1.  When the governing body of any municipality, as defined in Section 35201 of this title, desires to offer for sale or lease any public utility belonging to the municipality, it shall authorize by resolution the proper officers of the municipality to give notice and advertise for bids.  The notice shall state that on a specified day the governing body will receive open bids for the sale or lease of the public utility.  The notice shall also state the requirements for submission of bids, as provided in Section 35204 of this title;  2.  The notice shall be published in two (2) consecutive issues of a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality.  The two publications shall be seven (7) days apart, and the first publication of the notice shall be at least fifteen (15) days before open bids will be received;

3.  The municipal governing body shall receive bids on the specified date and select the highest and best bid for the sale or lease of the public utility, if satisfactory to the governing body;

4.  After selecting the highest and best bidder, the governing body shall, by ordinance, call for an election for the submission of the following propositions to the registered voters of the municipality:

a.  the question of the proposed sale or lease of the public utility to the highest and best bidder, and;

b.  at the same time, the question of the granting of a franchise to the bidder if such a franchise is required by the Oklahoma Constitution.

The questions shall be submitted on the same day.  If a franchise is required by the Oklahoma Constitution, the sale of the utility shall be conditioned upon the franchise being granted to the bidder by vote of the people at the election.  The election shall be conducted in the manner provided by law for the granting of franchise; and

5.  If the highest and best bidder for the public utility under the procedure herein defined shall be the owner of a competing utility operating under a valid franchise or permit, it shall be necessary only to submit to the registered voters the question of the sale of the municipal utility.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 35203, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1135204.  Sale to be for cash  Bids  Payment.

The sale of any public utility, when authorized by the registered voters, shall be for cash to the highest and best responsible bidder.  Each bid shall be accompanied with a certified check payable to the clerk of the municipality for ten percent (10%) of the amount bid.  The check shall be cashed by the treasurer of the municipality if the bid to which the check is attached is accepted, and the proceeds thereof shall be held to secure the municipality in damages it might sustain upon the failure of the bidder to pay the amount bid for the utility.  The balance of the purchase price shall be payable in cash by the successful bidder upon the execution and delivery of proper legal conveyances and of the property thereby conveyed.  The public utility shall not be delivered, nor shall the right to participate in any portion of the income derived therefrom accrue to the purchaser until full payment in cash of the amount of the bid for such utility is made. Securities in which municipal treasurers are authorized by law to invest sinking funds may be accepted in lieu of cash.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 35204, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1135205.  Conveyance.

If the sale or lease is authorized at the election on the question, and the franchise is granted, then the governing body of the municipality shall convey the utility to the purchaser by proper legal instruments.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 35205, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136101.  Powers of municipalities.

The title to streets, roads and public ways within the limits of a municipality which have been dedicated and accepted by the municipal governing body is held by the municipality in trust for public use and enjoyment.

A municipal governing body may, in the manner provided by law:

1.  Regulate and control the use of streets, roads and other public ways within the limits of the municipality;

2.  Authorize the execution of any and all contracts, easements and permits for the use of roads, streets, and other public ways as the governing body deems to be in the public interest;

3.  Establish and change the grade of any street, avenue, lane, alley or other place;

4.  Open, straighten, widen, extend or improve any street, avenue, lane, alley or other place by grading, paving, constructing, macadamizing, chatting or graveling, curbing, guttering, draining or otherwise improving the same;

5.  Install necessary manholes, catch basins, culverts, inlets and drainage pipes, sewers with necessary connections thereto for the purpose of providing for the adequate disposition of surface water falling on such improvements or carried thereon;

6.  Construct, reconstruct, raise, lower, widen or repair sidewalks;

7.  Authorize and regulate tunnels, walkways and other structures for public travel under and above public streets and roads; or

8.  Make all necessary utility connections whenever the public necessity may require such improvements.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-36-101A.  Handicapped parking and access - Constructing and providing.

Cities and towns are hereby authorized to construct and provide parking spaces, curb cuts, ramps and signage for handicapped parking and access for use in conjunction with facilities, both public and private, open to the general public.  The city or town may bear the cost of such construction, or at the option of the city or town and the owner of such facilities, share the cost of such construction with the owner of such facilities.

Added by Laws 1990, c. 332, § 2, emerg. eff. May 30, 1990.


§1136102.  Resurfacing streets  Procedures and payment of cost.

Regardless of the type or character of the existing surface, the municipal governing body may resurface, with such material or materials as the governing body deems proper, any street, avenue, boulevard, lane, or alley, or any part or parts thereof, within the municipality, which has heretofore been paved, macadamized, blacktopped, chatted, graveled, or otherwise improved.  The municipality may pay, or provide for payment of, the cost of the resurfacing in any manner or by any procedure provided by statute for the paving, macadamizing, blacktopping, chatting, graveling, or otherwise permanently improving streets, avenues, lanes, and alleys in municipalities.  The governing body, in its discretion, may also provide for the payment of any portion of the cost of the resurfacing from the street and alley fund of the municipality; from revenue from parking meters; or from any funds derived from leasing or other uses of streets and alleys, or other funds available for the maintenance and repair of such streets, avenues, boulevards, lanes or alleys.  In addition to using any of the abovementioned funds, the municipal governing body may also provide for the apportionment and assessment of the balance of the cost of resurfacing against the real property benefited thereby, in the manner provided by statute for the apportionment and assessment of the cost of permanent street improvements against property benefited thereby.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136103.  Sidewalk improvements generally.

For constructing and repairing sidewalks, and bringing them to grade for that purpose, the governing body may:

1.  Issue or sell bonds in the same manner as provided in Section 22128 of this title for issuing bonds for public improvements; or

2.  Make assessments on all lots and pieces of ground abutting on the improvement, according to the front foot thereof, and proceed with improving sidewalks in the manner provided for "Street Improvements".  When streets and sidewalks are graded, paved and built at the same time, assessments for such improvements shall be made at the same time and by the same appraisers.

Amended by Laws 1982, c. 42, § 1, operative July 1, 1982.  

§1136104.  Emergency sidewalk repairs  How made  Notice to owner.

Whenever the municipal governing body deems it necessary for the public safety to repair any sidewalk in the municipality which has been or may hereafter be constructed, it may declare, by resolution, an emergency to exist for the protection of the public safety, by reason whereof it is necessary to make the repairs immediately.  Upon the adoption of the resolution, notice shall be given to the owner or occupant of the property directing him to make the repairs within three (3) days after the service of the notice. If the owner or occupant cannot be found, the notice may be served by posting a copy of the notice upon the lot or parcel or real property abutting upon the portion of the street where the sidewalk repairs are necessary.  If the repairs are not completed within the threeday period, as directed in the notice, the municipality may proceed to construct or repair the sidewalk, or let a contract therefor without advertisement.  The cost of making the repairs shall then be assessed against the abutting property in the manner provided for sidewalk improvements.  All such assessments which amount to Ten Dollars ($10.00) or less shall be paid in one installment at the next tax paying period after the amount is certified.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136105.  Granting right to close, alter or appropriate roads or streets for certain purposes.

A.  A municipal governing body, by and with the written approval of the State Highway Commission insofar as state and federal highways may be affected, may grant to the United States of America, or any irrigation district, conservancy district, or water users' association, organized under the laws of Oklahoma, the right to close, inundate, destroy, alter, or appropriate any municipal roads or streets in the municipality in connection with the construction, development, operation, or maintenance of any irrigation, reclamation, water conservation and utilization, flood control, military, or national defense project, for needful public buildings, or other public projects being constructed, operated, developed, or maintained by the United States of America, or any such district or association, upon such terms and conditions and for such consideration as the governing body may determine to be just and proper.

B.  The municipal governing body may authorize the execution of, and the mayor or other chief official shall in accordance with such authorization have the power to execute, any and all contracts, deeds, easements, and other instruments of conveyance as may be required in or convenient to the exercise of the powers granted in this section.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136106.  Title to trees, shrubbery and parking abutting streets  Injury to  Powers of municipality.

The owners of real estate situated in municipalities abutting upon public streets and avenues in the municipality shall have, subject to the lawful supervision of the municipality over its streets, such title to and right to property in

1.  Growing trees situated in front of such real estate, but within the boundary line of the streets and avenues, and within the curb line; or

2.  Parking and ornamental shrubbery planted and cultivated within the curb line of the streets and avenues;

so as to enable the owners, in case of wrongful injury or destruction of the trees, shrubbery or parking, to recover from the person or corporation causing the injury or destruction the full damages which the abutting property in front of which they are situated may sustain by reason thereof, notwithstanding the fee title to the land in such streets and avenues may not be in the owner of the abutting property.  The abutting property owners shall also have, subject to the limitations provided in this section, the right of action in any court of competent jurisdiction to enjoin wrongful injury to or destruction of the trees, shrubbery or parking.  The necessary trimming of such trees or shrubbery to permit the proper stringing and passage of utility and other wires shall not be considered as a wrongful injury.  Nothing in this section shall deprive the municipal governing body of the ordinary supervision of its streets, or of the right to direct, by proper ordinance, the manner of planting or cultivating such trees, shrubbery or parking, on the part of the street where they shall be so planted and cultivated, and from exercising reasonable supervision of the same, and causing them to be trimmed and grown in such manner as not to interfere with public travel upon the streets and sidewalks or other public use.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136107.  Encroachments and obstructions in streets.

The governing body may prohibit and prevent all encroachments into and upon the sidewalks, streets, avenues, alleys and other property of the municipality, and may provide for the removal of all obstructions from the sidewalks, curbstones, gutters and crosswalks, at the expense of the owner or occupier of the grounds fronting thereon, or at the expense of the person placing the encroachment there.  The governing body may also regulate the planting and protection of shade trees in streets, the building of bulkheads, cellar and basement ways, stairways, railways, windows and doorways, awnings, lamp posts, awning posts, and all other structures projecting upon or over and adjoining, and all other excavations through and under the sidewalks, or along any streets of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36107, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136108.  Encroachments not exceeding twentyfour inches  Quitclaim deed.

A municipal governing body, in its discretion, may execute and deliver to the owners of a building, business or religious institution a quitclaim deed to that part of the municipality's streets or alleys which have been inadvertently encroached by such building or institution under the following conditions:  1.  The governing body finds that a residential building, business, or religious institution located in the municipality has inadvertently encroached not to exceed twentyfour (24) inches on a street or alley of the municipality by constructing a part of a building thereon, which encroachment is of such limited character as not to interfere with traffic on the street, alley, or on any sidewalk located thereon;   2.  All the building facing the street are in substantial line with each other;  3.  The encroachment has existed continuously for more than fifteen (15) years last past; 4.  In the opinion of the governing body the encroachment does not interfere with traffic on the street, alley, or sidewalk; and  5. Payment is made to the municipality of an amount which the governing body finds to be a reasonable cash value of the property so conveyed. This section shall no apply in cases of encroachments accomplishedafter May 27, 1975.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136109.  Ordinances and rules for making assessments for improvements  Expense of connections.

When a petition for improvement is presented, or when the municipal governing body shall have determined to pave or otherwise improve any street, avenue, lane, alley or other public place, and shall have passed the required resolution, the governing body shall then have the power to:

1.  Enact all ordinances, and to establish all rules and regulations as may be necessary to require the owners of all property subject to assessment to pay the cost of such improvement; or

2.  Cause to be put in and constructed all utility lines and connections in and underneath the streets, avenues, lanes and alleys, and other public places where the improvements are made.

All cost and expense for making utility connections which are not paid for by the property owner may be contracted for by the municipality and shall be taxed as a direct charge against the property, and shall be included in and made a part of the assessment to cover the cost of the improvement.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136110.  Contract for service of engineers for making improvements.

A municipal governing body may contract for the services of consulting engineers to prepare the necessary surveys, plans, plats, profiles, estimates and all other details for the work of improvements and to supervise the work.  The consulting engineer may be a person, firm or corporation, resident in or outside the State of Oklahoma, duly registered as an engineer in the State of Oklahoma.  The consulting engineer may be employed also to furnish the necessary advertising, printing, appraising, transcripts and other expense as may be necessary.  The municipality shall provide for the payment of such services and expenses from the assessments to be levied against the abutting property as part of the cost of the improvement.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136111.  Change of grade  Compensation to abutting owners.

No change of any grade previously established by a municipality shall be made without making due compensation to the owners of abutting property for any damage thereby caused to permanent improvements erected on the abutting property with reference to the grade previously established.  However, the failure to make such compensation shall not invalidate any assessments on the property chargeable with costs of a grade change as provided by law on street improvements.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36111, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136112.  Intersections and crossings  Participation by counties and state highway commission in street improvements.

A.  The municipal governing body, in its discretion, may provide for the payment of the cost for improving street intersections and alley crossings out of the general revenues.

B.  The State Highway Commission is authorized in its sole discretion to enter into agreements with the governing body of any municipality for participation with State Highway Construction and Maintenance Funds in the cost of any improvements on streets which are a part of the State Highway System.  Such agreements may provide for the award and supervision of the contract by the municipality. The state's share of the cost is to be due and payable upon completion of the project.

C.  Any board of county commissioners, in its discretion, may enter into agreements with the governing body of any municipality for participation with County Highway Funds in the cost of any improvements on streets which are in the limits of the municipality and are part of the County Highway System.  Such agreements may provide for the award and supervision of the contract by the municipality.  The county's share of the cost is to be due and payable upon completion of the project.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36112, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-36-113.  Municipalities under 5,000 population - Construction, improvement, repair or maintenance of streets - Department of Transportation and Boards of County Commissioners.

A.  The Department of Transportation may, or the board of county commissioners of any county or federally recognized tribal government shall, by agreement with the governing body of a municipality having a population less than five thousand (5,000), construct, improve, repair or maintain any of the streets of the municipality.

B.  Subject to the provisions of Section 339 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the board of county commissioners may construct, improve, repair, or maintain any of the streets of a municipality having a population of less than five thousand (5,000).

C.  Subject to the provisions of Section 339 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the board of county commissioners may construct, improve, repair or maintain any of the streets of a municipality having a population of less than fifteen thousand (15,000) if the county has passed a sales tax with the proceeds earmarked to construct, improve, repair or maintain any of the streets or roadways of such county.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36-113, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1982, c. 123, § 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1982; Laws 1989, c. 162, § 1, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 2001, c. 22, § 1, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2003, c. 387, § 1, emerg. eff. June 4, 2003.


§1136114.  Use of money from motor fuel excise tax and motor vehicle license and registration tax.

A municipal governing body which receives money from the state under the motor fuel tax or under the motor vehicle license and registration tax act may expend such money out of the street and alley fund or the street and alley account of the general fund of the municipality for construction, maintenance, repair, improvement, or lighting of streets and alleys.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36114, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1991, c. 124, § 18, eff. July 1, 1991.


§1136115.  Lighting of state and federal highways in unincorporated areas.

The municipal governing body may contract and pay for the lighting of state and federal highways in unincorporated areas adjacent to the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36115, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136116.  Duties of railways as to paving and street improvements.

When a railway occupies any portion of a street with its tracks running in the general direction of the street, either on or adjacent thereto, the railway company shall improve the space between its tracks, and two (2) feet on either side thereof, in the same manner that the remainder of the street is to be improved, or with such other material as the municipality may require.  Where any railway company occupies an alley with its track or tracks, the company shall be required to improve, gutter, drain, grade or pave, chat or gravel such alley in the manner that may be required by the ordinances of the municipality.  Where any railway company crosses any street that is being or has been paved, the governing body may require the railway company to pave so much of the street as may be occupied by its track or tracks and two (2) feet on each side, and when more than one track crosses the street within a distance of one hundred (100) feet, measuring from inside rail to inside rail, the railway company shall grade, gutter, drain, curb, pave, chat or gravel, or improve between its tracks in the same manner as the municipality may be improving or has improved the other portion of the street.  Provided however, any municipality may, at the time of the construction of the tracks, the granting of any street railway franchise, or at the time of the publication of the resolution, waive any or all of the requirements of this section if it deems it to be in the best interests of the municipality to do so.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36116, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136117.  Sidewalks  Construction by railroad  Maintenance of improvements.

The municipality may require, in addition to the improvement of streets as required in Section 36116 of this title, that a railway company shall construct sidewalks crossing the tracks or rightofway of its railways, with such material as the municipality may require by ordinance, upon either or both sides of the street; and that the railway company shall maintain such improvements, keeping the same in repair at its own expense, using for such purpose the same material as is used for the original paving, graveling or macadamizing, or sidewalks, or such other material as the municipality may order.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36117, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136118.  Noncompliance by railway  Doing work at railway's expense  Lien on railway property.

A.  If the owners of the railway shall fail or refuse to comply with the order of the municipality to make such improvements by paving, chatting, graveling, macadamizing, or building sidewalks as the municipality may direct, or to repair such paving, graveling, macadamizing or sidewalks, such work may be done by the municipality.  The cost and expense of such work done by the municipality may be charged against the railway company and may be collected in the district court in the county in which the improvements have been made, by action of law, in the name of the municipality against the railway company.  In any such action at law it shall be sufficient to declare generally for work or labor done, or material furnished on the particular street, avenue, alley or highway so improved.

B.  In addition to the remedy provided in this section for collection of costs and expenses, the municipality, or any one authorized by it to do the work, shall be entitled to a lien upon the property of the railway company.  Such lien shall exist for the full amount of the cost and expense against the property of the railway company adjacent or contiguous to the improvement or improvements so made.  The lien may be enforced against the property of the railway company by action in the district court in the county in which the improvements have been made.  In any action to enforce the lien, it shall be sufficient to declare generally that the lien exists for the amount of the cost and expense of the work and labor done or material furnished on the particular improvement.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36118, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136119.  Waiver of penalties on delinquent assessments.

Whenever the municipal governing body deems it to be in the best interest of the municipality to waive or cancel any part or portion of the penalty or penalties belonging to the municipality from delinquent special assessments, the governing body by resolution may waive or cancel such part or portion of the penalty or penalties; except that any penalties which have been set aside by law for the purpose of paying bonds issued in the respective districts, together with the interest thereon which has accrued upon any delinquent special assessment or installment thereof, or for the purpose of securing bonds or warrants for street improvement purposes or sewers, may not be waived or cancelled by the governing body.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36119, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136120.  Compromise of assessments and penalties.

If all the bonds or warrants secured by assessments in any special assessment district in a municipality have been paid off and retired, and there are any special assessment, assessments or installments thereof remaining in the special assessment district which have not been paid off or discharged, then the governing body, in its discretion, may compromise and discharge the assessment, assessments or installments therof, including penalties, for such sum as the governing body determines to be in the best interest of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36120, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136121.  Resolution waiving penalties  Entries on record.

When any assessment, assessments, installments thereof, or penalties thereon shall be cancelled, compromised or waived by the governing body, a copy of its resolution, certified by the municipal clerk, shall be presented to the municipal or county official charged with the collection of such special assessment, assessments, installments or penalties.  The official shall forthwith make the necessary entries in the records and books of his office as may be required to carry out the purposes of the resolution.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 68, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1136201.  Definitions of terms used.

The following terms, when used in Sections 36201 through 36226, shall have the meanings respectively provided for them in this section, unless a different definition is given:

1.  "Abutting property" shall mean all property within a block liable for assessments for both front and side street improvements. Where the property abutting upon an improvement is not divided into lots and blocks, the property liable to assessment shall be to the distance of three hundred (300) feet from the street, avenue, lane or alley upon which improvements are made, extending along both sides of the distance of the street or way so improved.

2.  "Draining" shall mean the construction and connection of all necessary inlets, catch basins, manholes, underground drainage, sewer and utility pipes so as to provide for the collection, carriage and disposal of all surface water falling on or carried to any permanently improved street or way, to the most available existing outlet therefor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36201, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136202.  Petition for street improvements by owners.

A.  The owners of more than onehalf, in area, of the land liable to assessment for any improvement may petition the municipal governing body for the improvement of any street, alley, lane or avenue, or part thereof, not less than one block in length.  The petition shall be filed with the municipal clerk.  The petition shall state in bold, capitalized letters at the top of the page that the cost of the proposed improvements shall be assessed against the property benefited by the improvements.  The petition shall:

1.  Describe the character of the improvement desired and the width of the improvement;

2.  Indicate the materials preferred by the petitioners for the improvement; and

3.  Show that the petitioners are the record owners of the land liable to assessment.

B.  The governing body shall determine the sufficiency of the petition and its finding shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes and against all persons.  The governing body may conduct hearings on the sufficiency of the petition and compel the attendance of witnesses under oath.  No action or suit to question the findings of the governing body on the sufficiency of the petition may be commenced later than fifteen (15) days after such finding.

C.  Upon making a satisfactory determination of the sufficiency of the petition, the governing body shall direct the engineer to prepare preliminary plans and estimates, as provided in Section 36203 of this title, and proceed with the improvement in the manner provided by Sections 36201 through 36226 of this title.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36202, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2001, c. 54, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.


§1136203.  Preliminary plans and costs of improvement  Governing body action.

Whenever the municipal governing body deems it necessary to grade, pave, construct, macadamize, chat or gravel, curb, gutter, drain or otherwise improve any street, alley, avenue, lane or any part thereof which shall have been heretofore paved, within the limits of the municipality, it shall direct, by resolution, the engineer to prepare preliminary plans and an estimate of cost.  The resolution shall require the engineer to prepare and submit to the municipal clerk the following:

1.  Preliminary plans, showing a typical section of the contemplated improvement, the type or types of material, and approximate thicknesses and widths;

2.  Assessment plat, showing the area to be assessed; and

3.  Preliminary estimate of the total cost of the improvement.

The cost estimate may be in a lump sum or by unit prices, as the engineer may deem most desirable, for the improvement complete in place.  The estimate shall also include the cost of advertising, appraising, engineering, and such other expense as in the judgment of the engineer is necessary or essential to the completion of the work of improvement and the payment of the cost thereof.  The engineering fees shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the contract price of the improvement.  If the resolution provides for one or more types of construction, the engineer shall separately estimate the cost of each type of construction.  If more than one street, avenue, alley, lane, public place, or part thereof is included in such resolution, separate estimates as to each shall be made.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36203, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136204.  Examination and approval of plans  Resolution of necessity.

Upon the filing of the plans, assessment plat, and preliminary estimate of the cost of the improvements with the clerk, the governing body shall examine them and, if found satisfactory, shall adopt and approve them by resolution, and declare such work of improvement necessary to be done.  The resolution shall:

1.  Contain the time and place that the governing body will hold a hearing on the proposed improvement; and

2.  Direct the municipal clerk to give notice as required in Section 36205 of this title.

The resolution shall further provide that:

1.  Any person, firm, corporation, administrator or guardian holding title to the lands liable to assessment may file, within fifteen (15) days after the last publication of notice, with the clerk a protest in writing against the improvement of the street, avenue, lane, alley or public place, or part thereof; and

2.  The municipality may proceed to cause the improvements to be made, contract therefor and levy assessments for the payment thereof, if the record owners of more than onehalf, in area, of the land liable to be assessed do not file their written protest as provided in this section.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36204, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136205.  Notice of resolution of necessity  Publication and mailing.

A.  The resolution of necessity shall be published in six (6) consecutive issues of a daily newspaper, or two (2) consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper, which newspaper shall be of general circulation in the municipality.

B.  Not less than ten (10) days before the date of the first hearing on the proposed improvement, as set forth in the resolution of necessity, the clerk shall notify each listed owner of lots or tracts of land within the district as shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office in the following manner:

1.  By mailing a postal card directly to the listed owner at his lastknown address as shown by the tax roll, notifying the owner of the initiation of proceedings and advising him that his property will be liable to assessment and referring him to the newspaper and issues thereof in which the resolution is or will be published for further particulars; or

2.  In lieu of mailing the postal card, by mailing to each of the listed owners a copy of the newspaper publication, which mailing shall not be less than ten (10) days before the first hearing.

If several tracts appear to be owned by the same person, all may be included in the same notification.

C.  Proof of the notification given shall be made by certificate of the clerk which shall be filed in his office. However, the failure of any one or more of the listed owners to receive the notification shall not invalidate any of the proceedings hereunder.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36205, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136206.  Protests  Determination of sufficiency  Effect of protests on the improvement.

A.  Protests which have been filed in accordance with Section 36204 of this title shall be heard and considered at the hearing on the proposed improvement.  The hearing may be continued from time to time so that all protestants may be heard.

B.  The findings of the governing body as to the sufficiency or insufficiency of any protest shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes and against all persons.  At any hearing on such protests, the governing body may compel the attendance of witnesses under oath to determine the sufficiency thereof, and no action or suit to question the findings of the governing body on the sufficiency of the protests shall be commenced later than fifteen (15) days after the finding.

C.  Any number of streets, avenues, lanes, alleys or other public places, or parts thereof, to be improved may be included in the resolution of necessity; but protests or objections shall be made and considered separately as to each street or way.  For the purpose of protest, disconnected parts of the same street shall be treated as separate streets.

D.  If any street, avenue, lane, alley, or other public place, or part thereof, has been protested by the owners of more than fifty percent (50%) of the land liable to assessment for the improvement, the municipal governing body shall not include the same in proceedings hereunder for a period of six (6) months except upon petition by the owners as provided in Section 36202 of this title.

E.  If sufficient protests are filed as to any one or more of such streets, avenues, lanes, alleys or public places, or parts thereof, the same shall be eliminated from the proceedings, but the other streets, avenues, lanes, alleys or other public places, or parts thereof, as to which sufficient protests have not been filed shall not be affected thereby.

F.  Notwithstanding any of the provisions of this section, when a section of any street or avenue included in the resolution of necessity does not exceed two (2) blocks, and does not exceed one thousand (1,000) feet in length and at the ends or limits of the section to be improved there is paving already constructed on and along the street or avenue to be improved, the governing body may cause such improvement to be constructed and to charge the cost thereof to the property liable for assessment as herein provided regardless of the number of protests that are filed against the proposed improvement of such section, street or avenue.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36206, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136207.  Right of property owner to institute action in district court  Waiver of objections.

Any property owner, or other person interested in the proposed improvement, shall have the right to institute an action in the district court in the county in which situs of the municipality is located, at any time not later than fifteen (15) days after the action of the municipal governing body in adopting and approving the plans, profiles, specifications, estimates and assessment plat, to contest such action.  Any suit instituted after the expiration of the fifteen (15) days shall not be maintained to question the plans, profiles, specifications, estimates or assessment plat, and the property owners liable for assessment shall be deemed to have waived all objections thereto.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36207, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136208.  Resolution ordering improvement  Detailed plans, etc.  Contractor's bonds.

A.  After the expiration of the time for filing protests against the proposed improvement, or if insufficient protests have been filed, the municipal governing body shall adopt a resolution declaring that no protests have been filed, or if protests have been filed, that the protests were insufficient, and expressing the determination of the governing body to proceed with the improvement. The resolution shall require the engineer to forthwith submit and file detailed plans, profiles, specifications and estimates of probable cost.

B.  After the engineer has filed the detailed plans and estimates, the governing body shall examine them and, if found satisfactory, shall adopt and approve them by resolution, and order the improvement.  The resolution ordering the improvement shall be adopted not later than one (1) year after the adoption of the resolution of necessity or after the filing of a petition by property owners for street improvements.  The resolution shall:

1.  State that the improvement will be constructed in accordance with the final detailed plans, specifications and profiles of the engineer;

2.  Set forth the material to be used;

3.  Set forth any reasonable terms and conditions that the governing body shall deem proper to impose with reference to the letting of the contract and the provisions thereof;

4.  Require the contractor to execute to the municipality a good and sufficient bond, in the amount stated in the resolution, conditioned for the full and faithful execution of the work and the performance of the contract for the protection of the municipality and all property owners interested, against any loss or damage by reason of the negligence of the contractor, or improper execution of the work, or for the use of inferior material;

5.  Require the contractor to execute a bond, in the amount stated in the resolution, for the maintenance of the improvements against any failure due to defective workmanship or materials for a period of not less than three (3) years from the time of its completion and acceptance.  Such maintenance bond shall not be required where the street improvements consist in chatting or graveling;

6.  Require the execution of a good and sufficient bond for payment of labor and material in accordance with applicable state law; and

7.  Direct the municipal clerk, after the filing of the final plans, profiles, specifications and estimates, to advertise for sealed proposals for furnishing the materials and performing the work necessary in making the improvement.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36208, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136209.  Advertisement and notice for proposals  Filing date for suits or actions.

A.  The notice of the municipality's advertisement for proposals shall set forth:

1.  The streets, avenues, or other public places to be improved;

2.  The kind of improvements proposed;

3.  That bonds will be required to be executed by the contractor as specified in the resolution ordering the improvement;

4.  A reference to the plans and specifications;

5.  The time and place for filing sealed proposals; and

6.  The time and place that the governing body will consider the proposals.

The notice shall be published in ten (10) consecutive issues of a daily newspaper, or two (2) consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper, which is of general circulation in the municipality.

B.  No action or suit to question the adoption of the resolution ordering the improvement, or its sufficiency, or the final detailed estimates of the engineer, shall be commenced later than fifteen (15) days after the first publication of the notice for proposals.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36209, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136210.  Award of contract  Aggregate cost.

At the time and place named in the notice for proposals to contractors, the municipal governing body shall examine all bids received.  Without unnecessary delay, the governing body shall award the contract to the lowest and best bidder, who will perform the work and furnish the materials which have been selected, and perform all the conditions imposed by the governing body, as prescribed in the resolution ordering the improvement and notice for proposals. The aggregate amount of the contract shall not exceed the aggregate estimate of cost submitted by the engineer for the improvement, and in the event of any excess in cost over the engineer's estimate, the excess shall be void and no assessments for such excess may be levied.  The governing body shall have the right to award a contract for all or a portion of the improvement or to reject any or all bids, and to readvertise for other bids when any bids are not, in its judgment, satisfactory.  The letting of the contract shall not be complete until the contract is duly executed and the bonds approved.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36210, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136211.  Final statement of cost  Designation of land in improvement district  Roster.

A.  After the contract has been let and the grading and underground connections have been made, the engineer shall prepare and file with the municipal clerk a final, complete and accurate statement of the cost of the entire improvement, including engineering, appraising, advertising and other expenses incurred or to be incurred by the municipality incident to the improvement, together with any and all additions to the contract price of the improvements and the cost of all water, gas, sewer or other utility connections directly chargeable against the abutting property.

B.  The engineer or municipal clerk shall prepare a roster of the owners of the lots and parcels of land which are to be included in the improvement district.  The roster shall contain, according to the record title thereof:

1.  The names of the last known owners of the property to be assessed, as shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office, or as shown by the certificate of a bonded abstractor; or in case the name of the owner is not known, a statement to that effect; and

2.  A description of each tract or parcel of land to be assessed.

Any error in the description of any lot or tract of land liable for assessment shall not invalidate the assessment or lien thereof.

C.  The governing body shall adopt and approve the final statement of cost, and the roster designating the lots and parcels of land liable for assessment, if they are found to be correct.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36211, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136212.  Appointment of appraisers  Duties  Preparation of assessment roll  Conclusiveness.

A.  After the approval of the final statement of cost and the roster designating the property in the improvement district, the governing body by resolution shall appoint a board of appraisers to appraise and apportion the benefits to the several lots and tracts of land described in the roster.  The board of appraisers shall consist of three (3) disinterested freeholders of the municipality who are not owners of property to be assessed for the improvement.

B.  The appraisers shall take and subscribe an oath to make a true and impartial appraisement and apportionment.  The appraisers may be paid for their services.  The act of a majority of the appraisers shall have like force and effect as the act of all.

C.  Within five (5) days after being notified of their appointment, the appraisers shall proceed to appraise and apportion the benefits to such lots and tracts of land as have been designated by the governing body.  The cost of the improvement shall be apportioned among the lots and subdivisions of each quarter block, as provided in Section 36213 of this title, according to the ownership thereof as it appears on the roster and according to the benefits to be assessed to each lot or parcel.  The appraisers shall prepare and file an assessment roll containing the amount of the apportionment and assessment of each tract or parcel of land listed on the roster with the municipal clerk within ten (10) days after being notified of their appointment.

D.  The determination by the board of appraisers, as confirmed by the governing body, of the property to be assessed and of the amount of benefits shall be conclusive upon the owners of the property assessed and shall not be subject to review by any court.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36212, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136213.  Property chargeable with cost  Rules for apportioning costs.

A.  For the purpose of determining the area of assessment, a block shall be deemed to be the area bounded on all sides by streets and avenues, or municipal limits, irrespective of the designation thereof.  The lots, pieces or parcels of land fronting or abutting upon any improvement shall be chargeable with the cost thereof to the center of the block where the abutting way is on the exterior of the block.

B.  Each quarter block shall be charged with its due proportion of the cost of improving both the front and side streets on which the block abuts, together with the areas formed by street intersections and alley crossings, except such portions of street intersections and alley crossings as may be chargeable to railway companies.  Each quarter block shall bear:

1.  Its due proportion of the cost of paving, curbing, and guttering the same;

2.  The cost of grading in proportion to the cost of grading the entire street being improved; and

3.  The proportionate cost for construction of catch basins, manholes, inlet and drainage pipes, sewers and utility connections in proportion to the cost of the entire area of the improvement drained.

The board of appraisers shall determine the amount of benefits to each quarter block on account of the grading thereof and the installation and construction of necessary drainage therefor.

C.  When triangular or other irregularly shaped lots or tracts are to be assessed for an improvement, the cost of the improvement in excess of the benefits accruing to the lots shall be assessed against and borne by the municipality.

D.  If the improvement is made in an alley or other public way in the center of the block, the assessment shall be made upon the property abutting the alley to the exterior of the block.  In case of an alley not in the center of the block, or if more than one alley is improved in the block, then the assessment shall be made against the property which fronts and abuts the alley according to the area specially benefited by the improvement as the board of appraisers shall determine and as confirmed by the governing body.

E.  If any of the property abutting upon an improvement shall not be a part of a block, or shall be a part of a block which is not square or rectangular in shape or shall be a part of a block which is not uniformly platted or subdivided, the governing body shall include such property in quarter block districts as nearly as practicable for the purpose of appraisement and assessment, and it shall determine the area of the property benefited by the improvement and the depth to which the property shall be assessed. In such cases the property shall be subject to assessment according to benefits as determined by the board of appraisers and as confirmed by the governing body and irrespective of whether or not the property immediately abuts upon the improvement.  All such property within six hundred (600) feet of the improvement shall be deemed to be abutting thereon for the purposes of assessment.

F.  If a fractional part of a lot, parcel, or tract of land is within an assessment area, the benefit shall be computed for the fractional part; but the entire lot, parcel or tract of land under the same ownership of which the fractional part is a part shall be subject to assessment for such benefit.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36213, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136214.  Hearing of objections on assessments  Time of hearing  Notice.

A.  When the assessment roll has been filed, the governing body shall set a time for holding a hearing on any complaints or objections that may be made concerning the apportionment as to any of the lots or tracts of land.

B.  Notice of the hearing shall be published in five (5) consecutive issues of a daily newspaper, or two (2) consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper, which is of general circulation in the municipality.  The date fixed for the hearing shall be not less than five (5) nor more than ten (10) days from the date of the last publication.

Not less than ten (10) days before the hearing, the municipal clerk shall also notify each listed owner of property chargeable with the cost of the improvement at his address, as shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office, or as shown by certificate of a bonded abstractor, in the following manner:

1.  By mailing a postal card directly to the owner, notifying him of the facts contained in subsection C of this section, and referring him to the newspaper and issues thereof in which the notice is or will be published; or

2.  In lieu of mailing the postal card, by mailing to each of the listed owners a copy of the newspaper publication, which mailing shall be not less than ten (10) days before the first hearing.

If several tracts appear to be owned by the same person, all may be included in the same notification.

C.  The notice by publication and by mail shall state:

1.  That the assessment roll is on file in the municipal clerk's office;

2.  The date the assessment roll was filed; and

3.  The time and place that the governing body will hear and consider any objections.

D.  Proof of the notification given shall be made by certificate of the clerk which shall be filed in his office. However, the failure of any one or more of the listed owners to receive the notification shall not invalidate any of the proceedings hereunder.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36214, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136215.  Hearing  Correction and confirmation of apportionment.

Any person, firm or corporation may, at or prior to the hearing on the apportionment, file objections in writing against the validity of the assessment roll or amount of the proposed assessment, specifically setting forth the nature thereof, and shall have full opportunity to be heard thereon.  The governing body shall adjudicate and determine the objections and may make such order as may be just and proper.  Any objections to the regularity of the proceedings with reference to the making of the improvement or the validity or the amount of any assessment shall be deemed waived unless presented at the time and in the manner herein specified.  At the hearing on the apportionment, or any adjournment thereof, the municipal governing body may review and correct the apportionment and assessment, and raise or lower the same as to any lots or tracts of land, as it shall deem just.  The governing body by resolution shall confirm the apportionment and assessment as so revised and corrected by it.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36215, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136216.  Assessing ordinance  Interest on installments  Lien.

Assessments in conformity to the appraisement and apportionment, as corrected and confirmed by the governing body, shall be payable in ten equal annual installments, and shall bear interest at the rate of not to exceed thirteen percent (13%) per annum until paid, payable in each year at such time as the several installments are made payable.  The governing body, by ordinance and by referring to the assessment roll as confirmed, shall levy assessments in accordance with the assessment roll as confirmed against the several lots and tracts of land liable therefor.  The ordinance shall provide that the owners of the property so assessed shall have the privilege of paying the amounts of their respective assessments without interest within thirty (30) days after the date of the publication of the assessing ordinance.  The special assessments, and each installment thereof and the interest thereon, are hereby declared to be a lien against the lots and tracts of land so assessed from the date of the publication of the ordinance levying the same, coequal with the lien of other taxes and prior and superior to all other liens against such lots or tracts of land. The lien shall continue as to unpaid installments and interest until the assessments and interest thereon shall be fully paid, but unmatured installments shall not be deemed to be within the terms of any general convenant or warranty.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36215, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136217.  Treatment of property owned by municipality, counties or schools.

Any property which is owned by the municipality, or county, or any board of education or school district shall be treated and considered the same as the property of other owners.  The municipality, county, school district, or board of education within the district to be assessed may pay the total assessment against its property without interest within thirty (30) days from the date of the publication of the ordinance levying the assessment.  In the event the assessment is not paid in full without interest within the thirtyday period, the municipality, county, school district or board of education shall annually provide, by the levy of taxes in a sufficient sum, for payment of the maturing installments of assessments and interest thereon.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36217, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-36-218.  Assessment record.

As soon as the assessing ordinance is adopted, the municipal clerk shall prepare a book which shall be known as the Street Assessment Record in which he shall enter:

1.  The names of each person owning the land to be assessed as ascertained from the records of the county, or in case the name of the owner is not known, a statement to that effect;

2.  A description of the lot, tract or subdivision;

3.  A blank space for entering the amount of the assessment; and

4.  A suitable column for entering the payments which may be made from time to time on account of the assessment.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36218, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1136219.  Due date of first installment  Payment of assessment  Interest on delinquent installments.

A.  The first installment of the assessment, together with interest upon the whole assessment from the date of the passage of the assessing ordinance to the first day of the next September, shall be due and payable in cash on or before the first day of September next succeeding the passage of the assessing ordinance. If the assessing ordinance is not passed prior to the first day of July in any year, the first installment of the assessment shall be due and payable in cash with interest from the date of the passage of the assessing ordinance to the first day of September of the following year.

B.  The assessments shall be payable as the several installments become due, together with the interest thereon, to the municipal clerk, who shall give proper receipts for the payments, and credit the payments upon the Street Assessment Record.  In case any installment or interest is not paid when due, the installment so matured and unpaid and the unpaid interest thereon shall draw interest at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum from maturity until paid, except as otherwise provided.

C.  No statute of limitations shall commence to run against any installment until after the maturity of all installments.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36219, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136220.  Notice of maturity of installments.

A.  The municipal clerk shall, not less than thirty (30) days and not more than forty (40) days before the maturity of any installment of an assessment, publish in two (2) successive issues of a daily newspaper, or in one (1) issue of a weekly newspaper, which is of general circulation in the municipality, a notice which:  1.  Advises the owners of the land affected by the assessment of the date when the installment and interest will be due;

2.  Designates the street, streets, or other public places for the improvement of which the assessments have been levied; and

3.  States that unless the installment and interest shall be promptly paid, the installment and interest shall bear interest at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum thereafter until paid, and that proceedings will be taken according to law to collect the installment and interest.

B.  In addition to publication of the notice of maturity of installments, the municipality may also notify each owner of land affected by the assessment at his address as shown on the Assessment Record by mailing a postal card directly to the owner reciting the facts contained in the published notice, or by mailing to the owner a copy of the newspaper publication.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36220, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136221.  Collection of payments  Bond of clerk  Special fund.

The municipal clerk shall be required to execute a good and sufficient bond, with sureties, and in an amount to be approved by the governing body, payable to the municipality, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties conferred upon the clerk as collector of the assessments.

The municipal clerk shall keep an accurate account of all assessment collections made by him, and shall pay to the municipal treasurer daily the amounts of the assessments collected by him. The amounts so collected and paid to the municipal treasurer shall constitute a separate, special fund to be used and applied to the payment of the bonds and interest coupons which are issued against the assessments.  After the payment of all bonds and interest thereon, any surplus remaining in the fund shall be used for the purpose of repairing and maintaining any improvement for which assessments have been levied, and for no other purpose whatsoever.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36221, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-36-222.  Delinquent installments - Certification to county treasurer - Collection of taxes and penalties.

A.  The municipal clerk, after the date of maturity of any installment and interest and no earlier than the first day of July and no later than the tenth day of July of the following year, shall certify the installment and interest then due to the county treasurer of the county in which the assessed property is located.  Once certified to the county treasurer, payment may only be made to the county treasurer except as otherwise provided for in this section.  At the time of collection the county treasurer shall collect a fee of Five Dollars ($5.00) for each parcel of property and such fee shall be deposited to the general fund of the county.  The county treasurer shall place the installment and interest upon the November delinquent tax list of the same year, which is prepared by the county treasurer, and collect the installment and interest as other delinquent taxes are collected. Provided, that no such certification shall be made to the county treasurer unless the town clerk shall have sent a notice of the nature and amount of the assessment by restricted delivery mail on or before June 1 of said year to the last-known address of the owner of the assessed property.  The county treasurer shall collect the installments of assessment, together with interest and penalty, as certified to him by the municipal clerk, but any taxpayer shall have the right to pay his ad valorem taxes to the county treasurer regardless of the delinquency of such assessments.  Within thirty (30) days after the receipt of a delinquent assessment, interest and penalty, as collected by the county treasurer, the same shall be paid by the county treasurer to the municipal treasurer for disbursement in accordance with the provisions of Section 36221 of this title.  The failure of the municipal clerk to publish notice of the maturing of any installment and interest shall in no way affect the validity of the proceedings to collect the same under the provisions of this section.  All payments to the municipal treasurer on account of such assessments shall be certified by him to the municipal clerk for crediting on the Street Assessment Record.

B.  All penalties for delinquent taxes, including penalties on special assessments and the interest of bonds for paving or other special assessment bonds, over and above the amount specified on the face thereof, shall be the property of the municipality and shall be collected by the county treasurer, it being the intent of this provision to have such penalties go to the street repair fund of the municipality.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36-222, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1978, c. 196, § 1, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 2000, c. 82, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.


§1136223.  Setting aside assessments  Limitation on suits.

No suit may be sustained to set aside any assessment, nor to contest the area of assessment, nor to enjoin the municipal governing body from levying or collecting any assessment, or installment thereof, or interest or penalty thereon, or issuing the bonds, or providing for their payment, or contesting the validity thereof on any ground unless such suit shall be commenced not more than fifteen (15) days after the publication of the ordinance levying assessments.  After the fifteenday period has expired, or after the work has been completed and accepted by the municipality, a suit may be brought only for the failure of the governing body to adopt and publish the resolution declaring the necessity for the improvements, as provided in Sections 36204 and 36205 of this title, or for the failure to give notice of the hearing on the assessment roll, as provided in Section 36214 of this title.  If any special assessment shall be found to be invalid or insufficient, in whole or in part, for any reason whatever, the governing body at any time, in the manner provided for levying an original assessment, may proceed to cause a new assessment to be made and levied which shall have like force and effect as an original assessment.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36223, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136224.  Accepting improvements.

Upon the completion of the improvement, the municipal governing body shall determine whether or not the work has been completed in accordance with the plans, profiles, specifications and contract therefor.  If the governing body finds the work to be in compliance, it shall accept the same.  When the work is so accepted, the action shall be conclusively binding upon all persons interested and upon the court.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36224, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136225.  Replacement bonds  Repairs.

Upon acceptance of the improvements and before the final payment of the contract price, the governing body shall require the contractor performing the work to make and execute a good and sufficient surety bond, or deposit sufficient securities or obligations of the United State of America or of the State of Oklahoma or some municipal subdivision thereof, to be approved by the governing body in the sum as determined by the governing body, but in no case to be less than ten percent (10%) of the contract price.  The bond shall be conditioned for the immediate reimbursement to the municipality by the contractor for the maintenance of the improvements against any failure due to defective workmanship or materials for a period of three (3) years from the time of its completion and acceptance.  Whenever any repairs of the improvements due to defective workmanship or materials are deemed necessary by the governing body, they shall order the same to be made under the supervision of the municipal engineer and the costs thereof certified to by the engineer.  When such repairs have been approved by the governing body, the contractor and his bondsmen shall be notified of the amount expended and shall immediately become liable therefor.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36225, eff. July 1, 1978. d

§1136226.  Renewing improvements.

If the municipal governing body shall deem it necessary to pave, construct, macadamize, chat or gravel, curb, gutter, drain, or otherwise improve any street, avenue, alley, lane or any part thereof, which shall have been heretofore paved, constructed, macadamized, curbed, guttered, drained, or otherwise improved, the improvement is authorized to be done in accordance with the procedures on street improvements. In such case, the provisions of Sections 36201 through 36312 of this title for making improvements and levying assessments therefor and the issuance of bonds shall apply.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36226, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136301.  Issuance of negotiable coupon bonds.

The municipal governing body may, after the expiration of thirty (30) days from the publication of the assessing ordinance, within which period the whole of any assessment may be paid without interest, provide by resolution for the issuance of bonds to pay all or any part of the cost of the street improvement.  The bonds shall be in the aggregate amount of the assessments then remaining unpaid, bearing the date of thirty (30) days after the publication of the assessing ordinance, and be of such denominations as the governing body and the contractor shall determine.  The bonds shall in no event become a liability of the municipality issuing the bonds.  The bonds shall be payable on or before the first of October next succeeding the September 1 on which the last installment of assessments shall mature.  The interest on the bonds shall be at the rate of not to exceed twelve percent (12%) per annum, payable on October 1 following the due date of the first installment of assessments, and semiannually thereafter, until maturity, and fifteen percent (15%) per annum after maturity.  The bonds shall be designated as Street Improvement Bonds and shall:

1.  Recite the street or streets or part of streets, or other public places, for the improvement of which they have been issued;

2.  State that they are payable, in cash, from the assessments which have been levied upon the lots and tracts of land benefited by the improvement and from the accumulation of the interest and penalty on the assessment;

3.  Designate the place, either within or without Oklahoma, where the bonds and interest shall be payable;

4.  Be signed by the mayor and attested by the municipal clerk; and

5.  Contain an impression of the corporate seal of the municipality thereon.

Facsimile of the signatures of the mayor and municipal clerk may be used as provided in the Registered Public Obligations Act of Oklahoma.  The bonds shall be issued in series, and the bonds of each series shall be numbered consecutively beginning with number One, and the bonds of each series shall be payable, in cash, in their numerical order.

Amended by Laws 1982, c. 9, § 2, emerg. eff. March 15, 1982; Laws 1983, c. 170, § 14, eff. July 1, 1983.  

§1136302.  Registration of bonds.

The bonds shall be registered by the clerk of the municipality in a book to be provided for that purpose.  The book shall show a description of the bond, the name and address of the owner or holder, and the date of registration.  Upon the books of the treasurer shall be noted the name of the holder of the bond and his address.  The bond shall be endorsed by the clerk over his signature, or a facsimile of his signature, the legend "registered in my office".  Each bond shall bear a certificate of registration. Any subsequent holder may cause the same to be registered in the name of the holder upon submission of proper proof of ownership. After registration of any bond, no transfer or assignment thereof shall be valid until such transfer or assignment has been registered with the municipal clerk.  Nothing herein shall prevent the appointment and compensation by the municipality of a registrar, transfer, authenticating, paying or other agents to effect the transfer of ownership or change of payee of any bonds issued by the municipality and to maintain books and records relating thereto.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 170, § 15, eff. July 1, 1983. d

§1136303.  Bond payment and cancellation.

The municipality shall have the right to call in and pay the bonds or any number thereof in the following manner:  Whenever there shall be sufficient funds in the hands of the municipal treasurer after the payment of all interest due and to become due within the next six (6) months, the treasurer, on or before March 10 and September 10 of any year, shall give notice by certified mail addressed to the last registered holder of the bonds called at the address appearing on his registry, that there has accumulated funds sufficient to pay the designated bonds and interest thereon to April 1 next or October 1 next, as the case may be, and directing the presentation of the bonds for payment and cancellation.  The bonds which are called will cease to bear interest after April 1 or October 1, as provided in the notice.  Upon the payment and cancellation of the bonds, proper entry thereof shall be made upon the books of the clerk and treasurer.  Upon the accumulation of sufficient funds as herein provided to pay one or more bonds, the municipal treasurer shall call and pay such bonds, and in the event of failure to do so, he shall be liable for all such damages as may result therefrom.  The provisions of this section may be enforced by appropriate proceedings in mandamus against the treasurer.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36303, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136304.  Delivery of bonds to contractor.

The cash prepayments and the bonds in the amount that may be necessary for the purpose shall be turned over and delivered to the contractor or assigns at par and accrued interest in payment of the amount due, including advertising, engineering and appraising costs, in accordance with the terms of the contract.  The bonds shall be executed and held by the municipality and delivered in parcels from time to time upon the completion and approval of the work, or any part thereof not less than one (1) block, in an amount equal to the improvement so completed and accepted.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36304, eff. July 1, 1978. d

§1136305.  Consent to use bonds as payment for assessments.

The registered holder of any outstanding bonds issued to pay for a street improvement may file his consent in writing with the municipal clerk to use the bonds to pay for an assessment, or installment thereof, which has been levied by the governing body. The written consent shall be binding upon any transferee or assignee of the bonds, and upon all of the registered owners signing the consent, as to all payments and discharges made for such assessment until written notice be filed with the clerk by the registered holder, transferee or assignee, of the bond terminating his consent thereto.  After the written consent is filed and until written notice of termination is given, the owner of any property in the street improvement district may present, with the written consent of the registered holder or holders, to the clerk the bonds bearing the lowest serial numbers of the bonds outstanding in the series as payment for the assessment, or any installment thereof, upon the owner's property, whether delinquent or unmatured, with all interest and penalty thereon.  The clerk shall endorse upon each bond the amount of the installment, and interest and penalty thereon, for which the bond is tendered as payment.  The clerk shall then issue a receipt to the owner of the property for the amount of the installment, together with interest and penalty, for which credit has been endorsed upon the bonds.  Whenever the credits upon any bond so endorsed equals the principal amount of the bond, together with all matured interest, the bond, together with all matured interest, whether due or to become due, shall be canceled by the clerk.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 170, § 16, eff. July 1, 1983.  

§1136306.  Payment of delinquent assessments by endorsement on bonds.

If an assessment or installment thereof which is paid by endorsement upon a bond is delinquent and in the hands of the county treasurer for collection, then the receipt issued by the clerk may be presented by the registered holder of the bond to the county treasurer.  The county treasurer shall thereupon endorse upon his records the satisfaction and discharge of the delinquent installments upon the property described in the receipt.  Thereafter the property shall be free and discharged from all further lien for such installments of assessment.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36306, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136307.  Settlement between property owner and bondholder  Ratification.

All settlements or compromises made by any property owner with the registered holder of bonds in accordance with Section 36305 of this title are hereby ratified and confirmed and shall be binding upon all persons, including subsequent holders and assignees of the bonds.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36307, eff. July 1, 1978. der

§1136308.  Right of action of bondholder.

Any holder of a street improvement bond shall have the right to institute, in the name of the municipality issuing the bond, an action in the district court in the county in which the property is located to foreclose the lien of the assessment whenever the assessment, or any installment thereof, is delinquent for a period of at least twelve (12) months.  The petition for foreclosure shall generally:

1.  State the ownership of the bond;

2.  Describe the property assessed;

3.  Describe the nature of the improvement;

4.  State the amount of the unpaid delinquent assessment or installment and penalty thereon at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum; and

5.  Pray for the foreclosure of the lien.

Summons shall be issued on the petition as in other civil actions and the cause shall be tried by the district court.  Judgment may be entered on the petition for the amount of the unpaid assessment, or installment, together with interest thereon at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum from the date the assessment or installment was due and payable up to the date of the filing of the petition, and for the sum of six percent (6%) interest on the judgment computed from the time of filing the petition until the judgment is paid.  If the judgment, together with interest and costs, is not paid within six (6) months after the date of the rendition thereof, an order of sale shall be issued by the clerk of the court, directed to the sheriff of the county, to sell the real estate in the manner and form as for sale of real estate under execution.  The judgment shall carry the costs of the action, together with the costs of the sale.  Upon the payment of the judgment, the amount thereof exclusive of costs shall be paid to the municipal treasurer for deposit in the separate, special fund.  The judgment shall provide for the sale of the real estate subject to existing general or ad valorem taxes and special assessments.  All owners or encumbrancers shall be made parties defendant in the suit.  Upon the institution of an action to collect delinquent and unpaid assessments against property liable therefor, no other action shall be instituted and maintained to collect such delinquent assessment against the property for that year.

1136309.  Refunding street improvement bonds  Authority.

Any municipality which has issued street improvement bonds by virtue of the authority of any law or charter provision is authorized to refund the bonds.  In refunding such bonds, the governing body may provide for:

1.  The levy and collection of assessments to pay the bonds;

2.  The retirement of the street improvement bonds originally issued;

3.  The cancellation of any or all prior assessments, and penalties and interest, together with interest and penalties that have accrued thereon, by and with the written consent and under written contract with the holders of any series of the street improvement bonds;

4.  A written "Agreement to Accept Street Improvement Refunding Bonds" in exchange for the bonds originally issued; and

5.  The procedure for such refunding in accordance with applicable law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36308, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136310.  Limitation of bondholder actions on street improvement bonds.

The right of any holder to enforce the lien of any street improvement bond or street improvement refunding bond by foreclosure, mandamus, refunding, or otherwise, shall be barred upon the expiration of three (3) years after the maturity date named on the face of such bond, unless the bondholder, prior to the expiration of the threeyear period, shall have:

1.  Commenced suit to foreclose his lien by filing an action for that purpose and procuring service of summons therein; or

2.  Evidenced his willingness to accept street improvement refunding bonds, issued under the provisions of Sections 36309 through 36312 of this title, in exchange for the bond.

The running of the threeyear period of limitation shall be an absolute bar to any action or proceeding brought thereafter, whether the same is plead as a defense or not, and the property against which the bonds represented a lien shall thereafter be, by operation of law, absolved of any lien or liability on account of the bonds.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36310, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136311.  Notice to bondholders  Holder may accept street improvement refunding bonds.

At least sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of the threeyear limitation on actions by bondholders, the municipal clerk shall notify the holders of all outstanding street improvement bonds that the same are about to be barred by the statute of limitations by:

1.  Mailing a notice to the holder of each bond at his last known address, as shown by the records of the clerk; and

2.  Publishing the notice in some newspaper of general circulation in the municipality in which the street improvement district is located.  If there is no newspaper published in the municipality, then the publication shall be made in some newspaper published in the county, and by publication of the notice in at least one nationally recognized financial journal.

The notice to bondholders shall be substantially in the following form:

NOTICE TO ALL HOLDERS OF STREET IMPROVEMENT BONDS OF

DISTRICT NO.______ (or, if appropriate, insert the ordinance or serial no.) OF THE _____ (City or Town) OF _________, OKLAHOMA:

You are hereby notified that on the _____ day of _____, 19__, the above bonds and rights thereunder will be barred by the Statute of Limitation, as provided in Section 36310 of Title 11 of the Oklahoma Statutes.  You will govern yourselves accordingly.

___________

CLERK OF THE ______ (City or Town) of _______, OKLAHOMA.

Failure of the clerk to give notice provided herein shall not impair any of the provisions of Sections 36309 through 36312 of this title.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36311, eff. July 1, 1978. d

§1136312.  Limitation of actions to enforce lien of bonds by holder not receiving refunding bonds.

The right of any bondholder, who has filed with the municipal clerk an "Agreement to Accept Street Improvement Refunding Bonds" but who has not been issued street improvement refunding bonds, to enforce the lien of any street improvement bond or street improvement refunding bond by foreclosure, mandamus, tax sale and resale, refunding, or otherwise, shall be barred upon the expiration of three (3) years after the date of the filing of his "Agreement to Accept Street Improvement Refunding Bonds".  The running of the threeyear period of limitation shall be an absolute bar to any action or proceeding brought thereafter, whether the same be plead as a defense or not, and the property against which the bonds represented a lien shall thereafter be absolved of any lien or liability on account of the bonds or "Agreement to Accept Street Improvement Refunding Bonds".  A certificate issued by the municipal clerk certifying that no holder of any such bonds has either

1.  filed his "Agreement to Accept Street Improvement Refunding Bonds";

2.  commenced foreclosure, mandamus, refunding or otherwise, within the threeyear period as prescribed herein; or

3.  commenced foreclosure within the threeyear period prescribed in Section 36310 of this title,

shall operate to remove any cloud upon the title of any property created by the street improvement bond, the street improvement refunding bond, or "Agreement to Accept Street Improvement Refunding Bonds", and the liens represented thereby. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to give a remedy where no remedy of any type or nature previously existed in any bondholder or owner, or to revive a lien or right where no remedy previously existed.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36312, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136401.  Widening streets  Acquisition of real estate  Payment of cost.

A municipality may acquire by condemnation, in the manner provided by law, or by purchase or gift, the necessary real estate or interest therein for the purpose of laying out, opening, extending, widening or straightening any street, boulevard, alley, park or public square within the municipality.  The governing body may provide for the payment of the costs of the real estate in accordance with Sections 36401 through 36414 of this title and may purchase the real estate from the capital outlay account for streets and alleys.  Whenever the governing body deems it to be in the best interest of the municipality to pay the cost of the real estate from moneys on hand, it may authorize by resolution the payment for the real estate from the appropriate fund or funds of the municipality, after transferring the funds to the street and alley account.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36401, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136402.  Preliminary plans  Examination and approval  Proposed assessment roll.

When the governing body deems it necessary to acquire real estate for the purpose of laying out, opening, extending, widening or straightening any street, boulevard, alley, park or public square within the municipality, it shall direct, by resolution, the engineer to prepare the necessary plans, specifications, profiles and an estimate of the probable cost of the improvement and to submit them for approval to the governing body.  Upon the approval of the plans and estimates, the engineer shall at once prepare a proposed assessment roll which shall contain:

1.  The names of the lastknown owners of real estate abutting the improvement, not less than one (1) block distance from the improvement, and including such additional area as shall be deemed to be benefited by reason of the improvement.  The record owners shall be listed as shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office, or as shown by certificate of a bonded abstractor;

2.  A description of each tract or parcel of land to be assessed; and

3.  The amount of the proposed assessment of each tract or parcel of land, based on apportionment of the cost of improvement among the tracts and parcels benefited by the improvement in proportion to the entire area benefited by the improvement.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36402, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136403.  Resolution of necessity  Assessment of cost  Notice of hearing.

Section 36403. The proposed assessment roll shall be submitted by the engineer to the governing body, which shall examine the same and correct any errors which may appear therein.  The governing body shall adopt a resolution approving the assessment roll and declaring the work of improvement necessary to be done.  The resolution shall:  1.  State that the assessment roll, as approved, is on file in the municipal clerk's office;

2.  Set forth the time and place that the governing body will hold a hearing on any complaints or objections that may be made concerning the apportionment and assessment of costs for the improvement.  The date of the hearing shall be not less than five (5) nor more than fifteen (15) days after the date of the last publication; and

3.  Direct that notice be given by publication of the resolution for not less than five (5) nor more than ten (10) days in a daily newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, or by publication for four (4) consecutive weeks in a weekly newspaper of general circulation in the municipality.

A copy of the notice of the nature and amount of the assessment shall also be mailed by restricted delivery mail to the owners of land liable to assessment for the cost of the improvement, directed to the address of such owner as shown on the assessment roll, which mailing shall be not less than ten (10) days before the first hearing.  The notice by restricted delivery mail shall be considered cumulative of the notice by publication.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36403, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1978, c. 196, § 2, eff. July 1, 1978. der

§1136404.  Hearing  Correction and confirmation of apportionment  Right of action.

At the hearing on the assessment and apportionment, the governing body shall give full opportunity to hear any and all protests that may be urged against the levy of assessments for the cost of the improvement and shall have the right to hear witnesses until a full and complete hearing shall be had thereon.  The protests shall be in writing, specifically setting forth the nature of the objection raised.  After the conclusion of the hearing, the governing body shall adjudicate the objections and may make such order on the levy of assessments as may be just and proper.  Any objection shall be deemed waived unless presented at the time and in the manner prescribed herein.  Any owner of land liable to assessment shall have the right to institute an action to contest the validity of the amount of the assessment at any time within ten (10) days after the final adjudication thereof by the governing body, but no suit may be maintained to contest the validity or the amount of the assessment, or any other matter pertaining to the proposed improvement after the expiration of the tenday period.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36404, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136405.  Assessing ordinance  Interest on installments  Lien.

Section 36405. The governing body, by ordinance, shall levy assessments against the several lots and tracts of land benefited by reason of the improvement in accordance with its determination and final adjudication and fix a lien upon the property for the amount of the assessments.  The ordinance shall provide that:

1.  The assessments are payable in ten (10) equal annual installments, with interest thereon at the rate of eight percent (8%) per annum, payable annually;

2.  The installments shall be due and payable on or before the first day of September of each year following the date of the passage of the assessing ordinance;

3.  The owner of any lot, piece or parcel of land shall have the right to pay the entire assessment without interest within thirty (30) days after the date of the publication of the assessing ordinance;

4.  Upon failure to pay an installment the municipal clerk shall certify the delinquency to the county treasurer to be placed upon the delinquent tax list of the county for the current year; and  5.  If installments are not paid when due, they shall bear interest at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum, and no earlier than July 1 and no later than July 10 of the following year, shall be certified to the county treasurer to be placed upon the delinquent list, and the property shall be sold to pay such delinquent assessment in the manner provided for the sale of property for delinquent taxes.  Provided, that no such certification shall be made to the county treasurer unless the city or town clerk shall have sent a notice of the nature and amount of the assessment by restricted delivery mail on or before June 1 of said year to the lastknown address of the owner of the assessed property.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36405, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1978, c. 196, § 3, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136406.  Issuance of negotiable coupon bonds.

Upon the expiration of thirty (30) days after the passage of the assessing ordinance, the governing body may provide by resolution for the issuance of negotiable interest coupon bonds. The bonds shall be designated Local Improvement Bonds and shall be of such denominations and in such form as the governing body shall determine.  The bonds shall bear the date of thirty (30) days after the publication of the assessing ordinance and shall bear interest at the rate of seven percent (7%) per annum until paid, and ten percent (10%) per annum, from maturity.  The bonds may be registered in the name of the holder thereof and shall be payable at the office of the municipal treasurer or at the fiscal agency of the State of Oklahoma.  The interest thereon shall be payable annually on the first day of September of each year.  Upon the issuance of the bonds, they shall be delivered to the municipal treasurer and shall be sold at not less than par.  If the governing body deems it most advantageous to the municipality, the bonds may be used for the payment of the cost of acquiring the real estate necessary for the improvement.  The bonds shall be paid from the accumulation of assessments, interest and penalty, levied against the several lots and tracts of land described in the assessing ordinance.  The accumulations shall be retained in a separate, special fund used for the purpose of paying the bonds and interest thereon, and for no other purpose whatsoever.  Any surplus remaining in the fund, after the payment of all bonds and the interest thereon, shall become the property of the municipality.  In no event shall the municipality be liable for the payment of the bonds.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 170, § 17, eff. July 1, 1983.  

§1136407.  Additional improvements on widened streets  Surface waters, etc.  Assessment.

The governing body may grade, pave, macadamize, chat, gravel, and install necessary manholes, catch basins, inlets, drainage pipe and sewers with necessary connections therefor, for the purpose of adequately disposing of the surface water falling upon any street, alley, boulevard, park or public square which is being improved pursuant to this subarticle.  In proceeding with such work of improvement, the governing body may contract therefor, levy and collect special assessments, and provide for the issuance and payment of bonds, or tax bills, to pay for the improvements, in accordance with the provisions of existing law or charter.  The area benefited by reason of the construction of the improvements shall be those lots, pieces and parcels of land abutting and adjacent to the improvement, as described in the written statement of the engineer as benefiting by reason of acquiring, opening, extending, widening or straightening the street, alley, boulevard, avenue, park or public square, and as confirmed by the governing body.  Protests and assessments shall be made in the manner provided in Sections 36403 through 36406 of this title.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36407, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136408.  Excess of cost over benefits.

Whenever the governing body determines that any lot or tract of land abutting upon the improvement is to be assessed and the cost of the improvement exceeds the benefits accruing to the lot or tract of land, the municipality shall bear the excess and shall pay for the excess out of the general revenues of the municipality in such manner as the governing body determines.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36408, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136409.  Limitation on certain collections and bond sales for widening streets.

A.  Any municipality that proposes to widen an existing twolane street to a width which would permit four or more lanes of traffic shall be liable for the entire costs of the improvement, except that portion of the costs that may be paid by the board of county commissioners, the State of Oklahoma, the United States of America, or the amount set forth in a petition for street improvements as assessable against property owners.

B.  No assessments shall be collected nor shall any improvement bonds which are to be paid from assessment collections be sold or assigned after April 28, 1971, which relate to the financing or a widening project for which assessments are prohibited under subsection A of this section and unless the improvement has been completed as of April 28, 1971.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36409, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136410.  Laying out or widening across public property  Declaration of necessity  Exceptions.

Whenever the municipal governing body deems it necessary for public use and convenience to extend, open, widen, or lay out any street or avenue over, upon or across any public property which is wholly within the municipal limits and which is owned by the state, county, school district, or board of education, the governing body by ordinance shall declare the public necessity for the use of such street.  Public property which is actually covered by a public building may be taken for the purposes named in this section upon approval by the appropriate governing body or officer of the governmental agency which has title to the building.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36410, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136411.  Description of property  Delivery of copy of ordinance  Making improvements.

The ordinance of necessity shall particularly describe the tract of land necessary to be taken for public use and a copy of the ordinance, duly certified by the municipal clerk, shall be delivered to:

1.  The Governor, if the property to be taken is state property;

2.  The county clerk, if the property to be taken is county property; and

3.  To the clerk of the school district or board of education, if the property to be taken is school property.

Upon passage and proper delivery of the ordinance of necessity, the municipality shall have the power to immediately enter upon the land and improve it by opening, widening, extending or laying out, over, upon and across the land a street or avenue, and the land so taken shall become a part of the street system of the municipality.  When the ordinance of necessity has been passed, it shall be considered conclusive evidence in any court of the public necessity for opening, widening, or laying out such street.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36411, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1136412.  Compensation to owner  How ascertained  Exempting land from assessment.

A.  No compensation shall be paid to the state, county, school district or board of education for taking land for street purposes as provided in Sections 36410 and 36411 of this title, unless the property taken was acquired by purchase or condemnation or is held in a private and not a governmental capacity.  If the land taken for street purposes was acquired by purchase or condemnation or is held in a private or proprietary capacity and not in a governmental capacity, then compensation shall be paid in accordance with the method for ascertaining damages in eminent domain proceedings for the taking of private property.

B.  If the land taken for street purposes was not acquired by purchase or eminent domain proceedings and is not owned and held in a private or proprietary capacity, no expense, special assessment, or other charge shall be levied or assessed against the land so taken or any part thereof by reason of the opening, widening, extending, laying out, curbing, guttering, or paving of the street or avenue.  The exemption from all such paving, special assessments and other expenses shall be in lieu of any compensation for the taking of the land for public streets.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36412, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136413.  Dedication of public property for street purposes.

Any board of county commissioners, board of education or school district shall have full power and authority at all times to offer to the public for public use and for street purposes any lands owned or held by it in any municipality, whether such lands be held in a governmental or private or proprietary capacity.  To effect a dedication to the public, it shall only be necessary for the municipal governing body to adopt a resolution declaring the land described dedicated to public use as a public street or avenue.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36413, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1136414.  Authority and control over property taken.

When public land has been appropriated for street purposes, as provided in Sections 36410 through 36413 of this title, such land shall not again be subject to the control or authority of the state, county, school district or board of education until and unless the land so taken shall be no longer used by the public for street purposes.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 36414, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137101.  Definitions.

For the purpose of Sections 37101 through 37127, the term "waterworks" shall mean any water supplies, facilities, plants and equipment necessary for the supply and distribution of water, including, but not limited to, dams, lakes, reservoirs, canals, wells, water plants and pipelines.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137102.  General powers as to waterworks and water supply.

The municipal governing body may purchase, erect, lease, rent, manage, and maintain any system or part of a system of waterworks and water supply.  It may establish and alter the channels of watercourses and may establish and regulate wells, cisterns, aqueducts, and reservoirs of water.  The governing body may pass all ordinances, penal or otherwise, that are necessary and proper for the full protection, maintenance, management, and control of said facilities, may make provisions for taxes for these purposes, and may do all things necessary and proper in its discretion to exercise the powers authorized by the Constitution and laws of this state and to further the ability of the municipality to provide water supplies, services, and facilities.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 65, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1137103.  Appropriation of land and water rights.

A.  The municipal governing body may dam any river or stream which is not navigable, and condemn, appropriate and divert the water from such river or stream, or so much thereof, as may be deemed necessary; and may condemn and appropriate in the name of and for the use of the municipality any land located in or outside of the corporate limits of the municipality as may be necessary for the construction and operation of waterworks.  The appropriation of land or of water rights by any municipality shall be governed by the procedure prescribed for the condemnation of land for railway purposes.  The water and the right to divert the water may be described, at the option of the municipality, in capacity by a given number of gallons daily, or as a quantity sufficient for the purposes.  Upon the payment made or deposit of the award of the commissioners to the clerk of the district court, the municipality shall be vested with the perpetual right to use the land so condemned and the right to divert the water so condemned for the purposes mentioned herein.  The exercise of this power shall be a continuing right and not exhausted by one or more exercises thereof.  B.  The provisions of this section and Sections 37104 and 37105 of this title shall be construed as cumulative to the rights and powers already possessed by municipalities to purchase, take and condemn land for public uses.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137104.  Acquiring lands  Protection from contamination.

Any municipality may purchase or condemn and hold the perpetual right to use any lots or lands, either within or without the corporate limits of the municipality, which the municipal governing body determines by resolution to be necessary for acquisition by the municipality in order to locate and build or enlarge, at the time or in the future, waterworks and every auxiliary part thereof, including reservoir site or sites to be flooded, and the lands adjacent thereto and within six hundred sixty (660) feet of the margin of the reservoir at maximum high water.  The governing body may protect from possible contamination or pollution and police any such lands in order to protect any reservoir already constructed or proposed to be constructed or enlarged as a part of any municipal waterworks plant or water supply, the waters thereof, and the waters flowing therein or percolating or seeping thereto.  The property and land so acquired before and after the passage of this subarticle, insofar as such lands are within six hundred sixty (660) feet of the margin of a reservoir at maximum high water and necessary for natural drainage into the reservoir, shall not be used by the municipality, its lessees or assigns, or other persons or corporations, for any purpose other than the protection of the reservoir and the waters thereof from contamination and pollution. No structures shall be placed on such lands by the municipality, individual or corporation, except as are necessary in the furtherance of the protection of the reservoir from contamination or pollution, and in the use of the water.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37104, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137105.  Condemnation procedure for acquiring land for waterworks.

A municipality is vested with the power of eminent domain for the purpose of acquiring lands for the location and building or enlargement of waterworks.  The proceedings for the condemnation thereof, including the notices, appointment of commissioners, assessment of damages, possession, payment of compensation and appeals, shall be the same as is provided by law for the condemnation of lands for railroad purposes.  It shall not be necessary in such condemnation proceedings to allege or prove any negotiations for the purchase of any lands or interests therein with:

1.  The owner or owners or claimants of any property sought to be condemned, where such ownership does not appear clearly from the title records in the office of the county clerk of the county where the lots or lands are situated; or

2.  The heirs of the person or persons who appear from such records to be the owner or owners, or persons who hold or claim under such heirs, and the lands have not been partitioned at the time the petition to condemn is filed.

The notice of application for appointment of commissioners to assess damages in condemnation proceedings may be given by publication as provided by law regulating the condemnation of lands for railroad purposes for notice to nonresidents.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37105, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137106.  Issuing bonds  Election.

To defray the cost of procuring waterworks, and the election provided in this section, the municipal governing body may provide for the issuance of bonds of the municipality.  Before any bonds may be issued, the municipal governing body shall submit the question of issuing the bonds to the registered voters of the municipality at any general election or special election called by them for that purpose.  Notice of the election shall be given in the manner provided by law for municipal elections; and the election shall be conducted in all respects as other municipal elections.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137107.  Bonds for waterworks  Form.

Upon the approval of a majority of the registered voters of the municipality voting on the question, the bonds shall be issued by the governing body in the manner provided by the Constitution and laws of Oklahoma.  Bonds issued under this section shall be payable not more than twentyfive (25) years from the date of their issue, with interest thereon at a rate not exceeding a maximum rate established by law.  The bonds shall be signed by the mayor and countersigned by the municipal clerk.  Facsimile signatures may be used as provided in the Registered Public Obligations Act of Oklahoma.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 170, § 18, eff. July 1, 1983.  

§1137108.  Employment of engineers  Acts necessary for erection, operation and repair.

The municipal governing body may appoint and employ all engineers and other officers to superintend and operate waterworks both during and after the construction of the same as may be necessary.  The governing body may do all acts it deems necessary for the erection or operation, alteration and repair of the waterworks.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137109.  Water charges  Enforcement.

The municipal governing body shall fix the water charges to be paid by the consumer and provide by ordinance for appropriate penalties for the violation thereof as the governing body may deem proper for the regulation and protection of the waterworks.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137110.  Establishing water districts  Regulations to protect water supply.

The governing body of any municipality securing its water supply from a stream or reservoir located outside of its corporate limits may designate by ordinance a district to be known as a water district.  The water district shall be designated by metes and bounds and may embrace any lands, directly or indirectly flowing or shedding water into any such stream or reservoir as the governing body ordains.  The governing body may adopt and enforce any rules promulgated by the Board of Environmental Quality for the protection of any such water supply.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37110, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1994, c. 353, § 1, eff. July 1, 1994.


§1137111.  Publication of rules and ordinances affecting water district  Service.

All rules promulgated by the Board of Environmental Quality and adopted by, and all ordinances of, the governing body for the protection of the water supply and establishment of the water district shall be published in the same manner as ordinances.  A copy of the ordinances and adopted rules shall be served, as provided by law in civil actions, on each person, firm, association or corporation owning property in the water district, and upon the head of each family residing in the water district.  All ordinances and adopted rules shall also be posted in conspicuous places in the water district.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37111, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1994, c. 353, § 2, eff. July 1, 1994.


§1137112.  Making and enforcement of regulations  Expenses.

The making, enforcement and penalties for the violation of any rules and regulations for the protection of the water supply and water district shall be governed in all respects by the provisions of state law on public water supplies and standards.  All expenses incident to and connected with the establishment of any water district, and the making and enforcement of any and all rules and regulations for the protection thereof, shall be borne by the municipality and paid as are other claims against the municipality relating to its water supply.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37112, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137113.  Highways crossing reservoir sites  Power to close.

Any municipality having acquired possession by purchase, condemnation, gift or otherwise, of a reservoir site for a public water supply may close to travel any section line or public road leading into or through the reservoir site.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37113, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137114.  Punishment for injuries to reservoir fences.

It shall be unlawful for any person to cut, damage or otherwise interfere with any fence enclosing any reservoir or other site which supplies any municipality with water.  Such unlawful injuries to reservoir fences shall constitute a misdemeanor, and any person found violating the provisions of this section, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) or by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than thirty (30) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37114, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137115.  Pollution of municipal water supply unlawful.

No person, firm, partnership, or corporation, or any of the partners, officers, managers, or employees thereof, shall pollute or permit the pollution of the water supply of a municipality, or any stream, pond, spring, lake, or other water reservoir or groundwater aquifer, which is used or which is being held for use as a water supply by a municipality.  A municipality may bring an action in the district court to enjoin any activity that will cause pollution of the water supply of a municipality whether or not such activity is regulated, licensed, or inspected.  For the purposes of this section, the term pollution means contamination or other alteration of the physical, chemical, or biological properties of any natural waters of the state, or such discharge of any liquid, gaseous, or solid substance into any waters of the state as will or is likely to create a nuisance or render such waters harmful or detrimental or injurious to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public, or to domestic, commercial, industrial, agricultural, recreational, or other legitimate beneficial uses, or to livestock, wild animals, birds, or fish or other aquatic life.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 66, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.  

§1137116.  Action for damages for pollution of municipal water supply.

A municipality shall have a right of action for damages resulting from pollution of its water supply, as provided in Section 37115 of this title, and the measure of damages shall be the amount which will compensate for the detriment caused thereby, whether it could have been anticipated or not.  Where such pollution is continued for a period of six (6) months or more, the injury shall be regarded as permanent.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37116, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137117.  Acquiring lands and water for future needs  Sale outside corporate limits no defense.

Any municipality owning and operating or proposing to own and operate a system of waterworks to supply the municipality, and the inhabitants thereof with water may provide for its contemplated future water and waterworks requirements, in advance of its immediate needs.  For that purpose the governing body may acquire lands and water both within and without the corporate limits of the municipality and within the State of Oklahoma.  Such municipalities are vested with the power of eminent domain for that purpose, such power to be exercised in the manner provided by law for the condemnation of lands by municipalities for waterworks purposes. It shall be no defense against the exercise of such power or eminent domain that the municipality is selling and furnishing water to other municipalities or to persons, firms or corporations without the corporate limits of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37117, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137118.  Acquisition of title or interest of land or water in adjoining states.

For use in connection with the acquisition, establishment, betterment or expansion, and the maintenance or operation of its municipal waterworks system, any municipality may acquire title to, or any lesser interest in, any lands or water rights, or both, in any state adjoining the State of Oklahoma, which lie within any watershed from which the municipality obtains, or desires to obtain, its municipal water supply.  The municipality may acquire any necessary easements or rightsofway for pipelines to convey water from such water supply to a point or points within the State of Oklahoma, over and across lands not within such watershed, if, and to the extent, and in the manner, permitted by the laws of the adjoining state.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37118, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-37-119.  Contracts for water - Provision for modification of rates - Outside users subject to rationing program of municipality.

A.  All contracts for the sale or furnishing of water from a source obtained by or on behalf of a municipality by permit or prior right under state law or by general obligation bonds shall be made in the name of the municipality as provided for by statute or by charter.

B.  All such water sold and furnished to persons or public or private entities outside the corporate limits of the municipality shall be sold and furnished upon written contracts which shall provide for an annual review of the municipality's costs and contract modification of rates to permit rates to be increased or decreased to the purchasers as appropriate.  Any modification shall be nondiscriminatorily allocated between the municipality's customers and the purchaser.  Provided, however, that only those costs that are attributable to maintaining the ability of the municipality to provide water service to the purchaser shall be included in purchaser's rates.

The contracts shall provide that the persons or public or private entities outside the corporate limits of the municipality shall be subject to a rationing program consistent with any rationing program ordered by the municipality.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37-119, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 67, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 1989, c. 74, § 1, operative July 1, 1989; Laws 1991, c. 313, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Laws 1994, c. 339, § 1, eff. emerg. June 8, 1994.


§11-37-119a.  Sale of water outside corporate limits - Failure to implement enterprise accounting system - Liability to purchaser.

Beginning July 1, 1996, if a municipality selling water to persons or public or private entities outside its corporate limits has not implemented an enterprise accounting system to account for the cost of water supply, treatment and delivery to the point of delivery to the purchaser's water system, it shall be liable to the purchaser for the reasonable expenses of such an accounting exceeding the expense which the purchaser would have incurred using an enterprise accounting system.

Added by Laws 1994, c. 339, § 2.


§1137120.  Extension of lines beyond limits  Contracts for furnishing water outside limits.

Any municipality owning or operating its own waterworks plant and every municipality engaged in the distribution of water may extend its lines beyond the corporate limits of such municipality and may acquire, construct, own, maintain and operate all necessary lines, apparatus and equipment, and acquire rights of way, and do all things necessary and proper in carrying on the business and furnishing water to any person, firm, corporation or other municipality beyond the corporate limits of the municipality, to the same extent as it may now do within the corporate limits of the municipality.  All water so sold and furnished to persons, firms, corporations and other municipalities beyond and without the corporate limits of the municipality so selling and furnishing the same shall be sold and furnished only under written contracts upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon by negotiation between the municipality and such persons, firms, corporations or other municipalities.  Nothing herein contained shall be construed to impose any duty or obligation upon any municipality to sell or furnish water to any person, firm, corporation or municipality beyond its corporate limits except as the municipality may expressly undertake by the terms of the written contract.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37120, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-37-121.  Contract or lease for purchase, sale and distribution of water - Extensions.

The municipal governing body may enter into a contract or lease program as a governmental function for the purpose of buying, selling, or distributing water with any nonprofit organization, person, or water development or distribution corporation inside or outside of the municipal limits in areas that the municipality is not supplying or servicing with a source of water at the time that the contract and lease arrangement is made.  The annual contracts for sale and purchase of water may be extended from year to year at the option of the contracting parties.  All said facilities, contracts, leases, activities, programs, and performance thereof, on behalf of the municipality, shall be governmental in nature.

Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 68, eff. Nov. 1, 1984.


§1137122.  Contract with United States  Provisions authorized  Validation of existing contracts.

Any municipal governing body, or any agency, instrumentality or public trust of which a municipality is beneficiary thereof, or appropriate board or commission subject to the approval of the municipal governing body, may enter into and do every act necessary to carry out a contract with the United States of America or agency thereof for furnishing a municipal water supply to the municipality, all upon such terms as to use of water, payment therefor, and other conditions as may be agreed upon between the United States or agency thereof and the municipal governing body or any agency, instrumentality or public trust of which a municipality is beneficiary thereof.  Incident to procuring a municipal water supply in the manner provided herein, any contract authorized by this section may provide for, but is not limited to, either or both of the following:

1.  The replacement or exchange of water or water rights; or

2.  The transfer or conveyance by the municipality to the United States of water, water rights, dams, easements or real or personal property of any kind whatsoever needed by the United States in connection with the construction or operation and maintenance of any such irrigation project.

Any contract authorized by this section, heretofore entered into by any municipality, is hereby ratified, validated and confirmed.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37122, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 1980, c. 90, § 1.  

§1137123.  Use of water outside corporate limits for park purposes.

Any municipality owning and operating waterworks or water plants for the purpose of supplying the municipality and the inhabitants thereof with water may make use of such water for park or other public purposes without the corporate limits of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37123, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1137124.  Joint construction and operation of waterworks  Election.

Any municipality may conduct an election, in the manner provided by law for municipal elections, for the purpose of securing approval of the registered voters within its corporate limits to enter into a contract with any other municipality to finance the construction, maintenance, control and operation of waterworks necessary to provide such municipalities with an adequate supply of water for public purposes.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37124, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137125.  Joint financing of waterworks.

Waterworks which are jointly constructed, maintained, controlled or operated by two or more municipalities may be financed by the issue and sale of bonds and collection of water charges, as provided in Sections 37106 through 37109 of this title.  The governing bodies of such municipalities are hereby specifically authorized to enter into agreement and contract as to the amount of each municipality's indebtedness and proportionate share of cost of construction, maintenance, control and operation of any waterworks jointly acquired under the provisions of Section 37124 of this title; provided that in all cases where a proposition is submitted to the registered voters of any municipality for the voting of bonds to defray costs of such a joint contract, the election notice and ballot shall so state.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37125, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137126.  Joint construction deemed supplemental.

The provisions of Sections 37124 and 37125 of this title, authorizing the joint construction and financing of waterworks and water supplies, shall be deemed to provide an additional and alternative method for doing the things authorized thereby, and shall be construed as supplemental and additional to all other powers granted by law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37126, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137127.  Municipalities outside Oklahoma  Purchase of lands for water in Oklahoma.

An incorporated municipality of a state adjoining the State of Oklahoma is hereby granted permission, if authorized or empowered by the laws of such adjoining state to do so, to acquire by purchase from a private corporation which may be furnishing water to water users in the municipality, or which may be furnishing water to the municipality for resale to water users therein, the title to, or lesser interest in, lands that the private corporation owns in the State of Oklahoma.  The municipality may also acquire any easements or rightsofway then owned by such corporation over and across other lands within the State of Oklahoma necessary for pipelines to convey water from a reservoir to a point or points outside the State of Oklahoma.  Such lands, easements and rightsofway acquired by the municipality may be used in connection with, but only used in connection with, the establishment, betterment or expansion of a municipallyowned water supply or system; the necessary protection of the water supply from pollution; or the maintenance and operation of the municipallyowned water supply or system.  The municipality may continue to hold lands, easements and rightsofway so acquired as long as the same are so used.  In order to transfer or convey any of its interests in Oklahoma lands, the private corporation shall have owned the title to, or any lesser interest in, lands within the State of Oklahoma as of April 25, 1957, upon which is located, in whole or in part, a reservoir from which such water or portion thereof is obtained, which reservoir has been in existence on the lands for more than one (1) year prior to April 25, 1957, and which land, or interest therein, has been owned by the corporation for more than fifteen (15) years prior to April 25, 1957.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37127, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-37-128.  Public water trusts - Supervision by municipalities - Penalties - Exceptions.

A.  Any public water trust formed pursuant to Sections 176 through 180.4 of Title 60 of the Oklahoma Statutes whose beneficiary is the state, any county or municipality or any combination thereof, supplying water directly to residents of a municipality, shall be subject to general supervision by such municipality with regards to any waterworks within the city limits of the municipality.

B.  1.  The municipality shall have power to promulgate regulations and enact ordinances affecting the services, operation, management, rates and manner of conduct of the business of any public water trust having waterworks within the city limits of the municipality.

2.  The municipality shall have full visitorial and inquisitorial power to examine the records of such public water trust and keep informed as to the general condition, rates, plants, equipment, apparatus, conduct, operation, practices and services, and compliance with regulations and ordinances and laws of this state with respect to the waterworks within the city limits of the municipality and with respect to any other management or conduct of the public water trust which affects any of the waterworks within the city limits of the municipality.

C.  It shall be unlawful for any public water trust to operate any waterworks within the city limits of a municipality in violation of the regulations promulgated or ordinances enacted by the municipality pursuant to this section.

D.  1.  Any person who violates any of the provisions of any regulation promulgated or ordinance enacted issued pursuant to this section, upon conviction thereof, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.  Each day upon which such violation occurs shall constitute a separate violation.

2.  In addition to any criminal penalty imposed pursuant to this subsection, a public water trust which has been determined by the municipality to have violated any regulation or ordinance issued pursuant to this section may be liable for a civil penalty of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) for each day that such violation continues.  The amount of such penalty shall be assessed by the municipality, after notice and hearing.

E.  1.  The district attorney of the appropriate district court of Oklahoma may bring an action in a court of competent jurisdiction for the prosecution of such violation of any regulation or order issued pursuant to this section.

2.  The court has jurisdiction to determine such action and to grant the necessary or appropriate relief, including, but not limited to, mandatory or prohibitive injunctive relief, interim equitable relief, and punitive damages.

F.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to:

1.  Any public trusts formed as rural water districts and established pursuant to the Rural Water, Sewer, Gas and Solid Waste Management District Act;

2.  Any municipality in a county having a population less than Two Hundred Fifty Thousand (250,000) persons; or

3.  Waterworks or water systems owned or operated by a municipality or by any public trust of which a municipality is the sole beneficiary.

G.  For purposes of this section, "waterworks" means facilities used in the procurement, supply, treatment, storage, pumping or distribution of water for human consumption or fire protection, and includes the necessary facilities from the initial source to the place for consumer utilization.

Added by Laws 2000, c. 252, § 1, eff. Sept. 30, 2000.


§1137201.  Authorization to establish lines and facilities  Joint efforts  Acceptance of grants.

The municipal governing body may:

1.  Authorize the construction of mains, submains and laterals for sewers, also ditches, drains, conduits, pipelines and channels for sanitary and drainage purposes, or either or both thereof, with lift stations, outlets, manholes, catch basins, flush tanks, connecting sewers, ditches, drains, conduits, channels and other appurtenances in, under, over or through any street, or any land of the municipality or any rightofway granted or obtained for such purpose, either within or without the limits of the municipality;

2.  Authorize the construction of mains, submains and laterals for water distribution lines, water distribution systems or waterworks, and water supply facilities for same; also ditches, canals, channels, conduits, pipelines and siphons, together with the necessary or usual appurtenances for carrying storm water or water from irrigation ditches, water courses, streams, springs, wells, lakes, treating plants or other sources of supply into, through or out of the municipality in, under, over or through any street or any land of the municipality or any rightofway granted or obtained for such purpose, either within or without the limits of the municipality;

3.  Join with other municipalities or any improvement district or sanitary district of the state, or any of its departments or agencies, the federal government or any of its departments, agencies or instrumentalities, as may be provided by law, in the construction, operation or maintenance of improvements authorized by the provisions of Sections 37201 through 37234 of this title; and

4.  Accept from the state, or federal government, or any agency, department or instrumentality of either, grants for or in aid of the construction or engineering planning of any of the improvements provided herein, and enter into contracts with the state, the federal government, or any agency, department or instrumentality of either or both, for the construction or supervision of construction by the state, the federal government, or any agency, department or instrumentality, for either or both of any such improvements, in accordance with the plans, specifications, rules and regulations of the state, the federal government, or any agency, department or instrumentality or either or both, but reserving to the municipality the right to assess against the property benefited by the improvement and located within the municipality, that portion of the cost of the improvement which does not qualify for aid under the state or federal grant.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37201, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137202.  Public and district sewers  Public and district water distribution lines.

In all municipalities where a system of public waterworks is maintained and operated, or created, the municipal governing body shall have power to cause a general sanitary, storm or combination sewer system to be established, which shall be composed of two classes of sewers:  public and district sewers.  The governing body may also cause a water distribution system and water supply facilities to be established composed of public and district water distribution lines.  Such systems may be created separately or in conjunction with each other.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37202, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137203.  Location of public sewers  Dimensions  Regulations.

Public sewers shall be established along the principal courses of drainage, at such points, to such extent, of such dimensions and under such regulations as may be determined by the governing body. These public sewers may be extensions or branches of sewers already constructed or entirely new throughout as may be deemed expedient by the municipal governing body.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37203, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137204.  Location of public water distribution system  Main lines of conveyance.

The public water distribution system shall consist only of the main lines of conveyance from the sources of supply, and the main lines for general distribution, including such other property as may be necessary in connection therewith for the proper maintenance and use of the water distribution system throughout the municipality. The public distribution lines shall be established along the principal courses of distribution, or of supply, at such points, to such extent, of such dimensions and under such regulations as may be provided by the governing body; and these principal lines of distribution may be extensions or branches of lines already constructed or entirely new throughout as may be deemed expedient and necessary by the municipal governing body.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37204, eff. July 1, 1978. Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37204, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137205.  Payment of construction and maintenance of public sewers and water lines  Petition.

Except as otherwise provided, the construction and maintenance of public sanitary sewers, storm sewers, and public waterlines shall be paid for as follows:

1.  Unless otherwise provided for in this section, all mains and submains constructed by a municipality shall be paid for by the municipality.  If a petition signed by the owners of more than onehalf (1/2) of the area of the land that will be drained or benefited by the construction of such mains or submains is filed with the governing body or the governing body finds that certain property will be specially benefited thereby, the governing body may create a district and order the construction of such mains and submains and provide for the payment therefor to be made by the owners of the property included within the district in accordance with the procedure for the construction of and payment for district sewers and district waterlines.  The petition shall be filed with the city clerk.  The petition shall state in bold, capitalized letters at the top of the page that the cost of the proposed improvements shall be assessed against the property benefited by the improvements;

2.  Laterals shall be paid for by the owners of the property abutting on such laterals in the manner provided for by law for the estimate of cost and assessments for district sewers and district waterlines;

3.  If a main or submain is constructed in any alley or other place where a lateral would otherwise have been constructed and the main or submain serves the purpose of a lateral for the property abutting thereon, the owners of the property shall be assessed in amounts equal to that which they would have been required to pay for a sufficient lateral; and

4.  If any private connection is made with a main or submain instead of with a lateral, the owner of the premises so connected shall pay to the municipality an amount equal to that which he would have been required to pay for a lateral so constructed as to provide similar service.  The amounts to be charged for connections with mains and submains, or for mains or submains used as laterals, shall be ascertained by the municipal engineer or the engineer in charge of such work and assessed against the property and collected in the manner provided for by law in the case of district sewers.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37-205, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1984, c. 126, § 69, eff. Nov. 1, 1984; Laws 2001, c. 54, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.


§1137206.  Establishment of district sewer and water distribution lines  Petition.

District sewers and district water distribution lines shall be established within the limits of the districts, to be prescribed by ordinance.  District sewers shall connect with public sewers or other district sewers, or with the natural course of drainage, as each case may be.  District water distribution lines in contiguous or noncontiguous areas may connect with public distribution lines, or other district distribution lines.  The governing body shall cause sewers and/or district water distribution lines to be constructed in each district whenever the record owners of more than onehalf the area of land liable to assessments for the improvement shall petition therefor.  The petition shall be filed with the city clerk.  The petition shall state in bold, capitalized letters at the top of the page that the cost of the proposed improvements shall be assessed against the property benefited by the improvements.  The districts may include mains and submains where the same are within the limits of the district or are necessary outlets or supply lines thereto.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37206, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2001, c. 54, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 2001.


§1137207.  Costs of district sewer and water distribution lines.

The costs of district sewers and district water distribution lines, including mains and submains properly included in the district, shall be assessed and collected as hereinafter provided. The municipality shall incur no liability for building district sewers, except when the municipality is the owner of a lot within the district, and in that case the municipality shall be liable for the costs of the sewer in the same manner as other property owners within the district.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37207, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137208.  Construction of lines through private property  Condemnation.

No sewer or water line shall run diagonally through private property when it is practicable, without injury to the sewer or water line, to construct it parallel with one of the exterior lines of such property; nor shall any public sewer or public water line be constructed through private property when it is practicable to construct it along or through a street, alley or other public highway.  The municipal governing body shall have the power to condemn private property for public use, occupation or possession in the construction and repair of public and district sewers and water distribution lines, in the same manner as other property is condemned within the municipality for public uses.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37208, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137209.  District sewer or water lines without petition  Preliminary plans and costs.

Whenever the governing body deems district sewers or district water distribution lines necessary, it may proceed with such work without petition, and shall require, by resolution, the municipal engineer, or other registered professional engineer, to prepare and file preliminary plans, showing a preliminary estimate of the cost of such improvement, and an assessment plat showing the area to be assessed.  In the event noncontiguous areas are included in the same district, separate preliminary estimates shall be filed as to each area.  The governing body may adopt any material or methods for the construction of such work.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37209, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137210.  Special attorneys, auditors or consulting engineers.

The municipal body may contract for the services of special attorneys, auditors or consulting engineers to make the necessary surveys, and prepare plans, plats, profiles, estimates and all other details for the work of improvements and to supervise the work.  Any such consulting engineer shall be a person, firm or corporation, resident in the State of Oklahoma, and duly registered as an engineer in the State of Oklahoma.  A consulting engineer may be employed also to furnish the necessary advertising, printing, transcripts, legal fees, preparation of assessment rolls, and such other expense as may be necessary.  The municipality shall provide for the payment of such services and expenses from the assessments to be levied as part of the cost of such improvments, except as otherwise provided.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37210, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137211.  Examination and approval of plans  Resolution of necessity.

Upon the filing of the preliminary plans, preliminary estimate and assessment plat, the governing body shall examine them and, if found satisfactory, shall adopt and approve them by resolution, and declare such work of improvement necessary to be done.  The resolution shall:

1.  Contain the time and place that the governing body will hold a hearing on the proposed improvement; and

2.  Direct the municipal clerk to give notice as required in Section 37212 of this title.

The resolution shall further provide that:

1.  Any person, firm, corporation, administrator or guardian holding title to the land liable to assessment may file, within fifteen (15) days after the last publication of notice, with the clerk a protest in writing against the improvement; and

2.  The municipality may proceed to cause the improvements to be made, contract therefor and levy assessments for the payment thereof, if the record owners of more than onehalf, in area, of the land liable to be assessed do not file their written protest as provided in this section.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37211, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-37-212.  Notice of resolution of necessity - Publication and mailing.

A.  The resolution of necessity shall be published in at least two (2) consecutive Thursday issues of a daily newspaper, or at least two (2) consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper, which newspaper shall be of general circulation in the municipality.

B.  Not less than ten (10) days before the date of the first hearing affecting the proposed district, as set forth in the resolution of necessity, the clerk shall notify each listed owner of lots or tracts of land within the district as shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office, which list shall be furnished by the engineer, as follows:

1.  By mailing a postal card directly to the listed owner at his lastknown address as shown by the tax roll, notifying the owner of the initiation of proceedings and advising him that his property, describing it, will be liable to assessment to pay for the improvement, and referring him to the newspaper and issues thereof in which the resolution is or will be published for further particulars; or

2.  In lieu of mailing the postal card, by mailing to each of the listed owners a copy of the newspaper publication, which mailing shall not be less than ten (10) days before the first hearing.

If several tracts appear to be owned by the same person, all may be included in the same notification.

C.  Proof of the notification given shall be made by affidavit of the clerk and filed in his office.  However, the failure of any one or more listed owners to receive the notification shall not invalidate any of the proceedings hereunder.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37212, eff. July 1, 1978.


§1137213.  Protests  Hearing  Findings as conclusive and binding.

Protests shall be heard and considered at the next regular meeting of the governing body following the expiration of the fifteenday period after the last publication of the resolution of necessity.  The hearing may be continued from time to time.  The finding of the governing body as to the sufficiency or insufficiency of the protest or petition shall be conclusive and binding for all purposes and against all persons.  The governing body shall have the power to hear any protest or petition and compel the attendance of witnesses under oath to determine the sufficiency thereof.  If sufficient protests are filed as to any one or more noncontiguous areas, the same shall be eliminated from the proceedings, but the other areas shall not be affected thereby.  No action or suit to question the findings of the governing body on the sufficiency of the protests or petition shall be commenced later than fifteen (15) days after the finding.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37213, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137214.  Rules regarding protests  Sufficiency.

In determining the sufficiency of any protest or petition as provided in Section 37213 of this title, the governing body shall be guided by these rules:

1.  Each paper containing signatures shall have attached thereto the affidavit of an owner of property to be assessed, or his agent, stating that each signature was affixed in his presence and is the signer's genuine signature;

2.  The protest or petition shall be counted only for the property described as belonging to the signer;

3.  The signature of one coowner shall be counted only to the extent of the signer's interest in the property, but the signature of one joint tenant will protest or petition the entire interest;

4.  A protest or petition signed by a guardian, executor, administrator or trustee shall be valid without an order of court therefor; and

5.  A protest or petition is valid if signed by a person who has an equitable title, including a recorded contract of purchase.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37214, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137215.  Right of property owner to institute action in district court.

Any property owner shall have the right to institute an action in the district court in the county in which the situs of the municipal government is located at any time not later than fifteen (15) days after the action of the municipal governing body in adopting and approving the plans, profiles, specifications, estimates and assessment plat, to contest such action.  Any suit instituted after the expiration of the fifteen (15) days shall not be maintained to question the plans, profiles, specifications, estimates or assessment plat, and the property owners liable for assessment shall be deemed to have waived all objections thereto.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37215, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137216.  Resolution ordering improvement  Detailed plans, etc.  Contractor's bonds.

A.  After the expiration of the time for filing protests against the proposed improvement, or if insufficient protests have been filed, the municipal governing body shall adopt a resolution declaring that no protests have been filed, or if protests have been filed, that the protests were insufficient, and expressing the determination of the governing body to proceed with the improvement. The resolution shall require the engineer to forthwith submit and file detailed plans, profiles, specifications and estimates of probable cost.

B.  After the engineer has filed the detailed plans and estimates, the governing body shall examine them and, if found satisfactory, shall adopt and approve them by resolution, and order the improvement to be done.  The resolution ordering the improvement shall:

1.  State that the improvement will be constructed in accordance with the final detailed plans, specifications and profiles of the engineer;

2.  Set forth any reasonable terms and conditions that the governing body shall deem proper to impose with reference to the letting of the contract and the provisions thereof;

3.  Require the contractor to execute to the municipality a good and sufficient bond, in the amount stated in the resolution, conditioned for the full and faithful execution of the work and the performance of the contract for the protection of the municipality and all property owners interested, against any loss or damage by reason of the negligence of the contractor, or improper execution of the work, or for the use of inferior material;

4.  Require the contractor to execute a bond, in the amount stated in the resolution, for the maintenance of the improvements against any failure due to defective workmanship or materials for a period of not less than one (1) year from the time of its completion and acceptance;

5.  Require the execution of a good and sufficient bond to the State of Oklahoma for the payment of all labor and material used in the construction of the improvement in the full amount of the contract price therefor; and

6.  Direct the municipal clerk, after the filing of the final plans, profiles, specifications and estimates, to advertise for sealed proposals for furnishing the materials and performing the work necessary in making the improvement.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37216, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137217.  Advertisement and notice for proposals  Filing date for suits and actions.

A.  The notice of the municipality's advertisement for proposals shall set forth:

1.  The boundaries of the area to be improved, referring to the assessment plat on file;

2.  The kind of improvements proposed;

3.  What bonds will be required to be executed by the contractor, as specified in the resolution ordering the improvement;  4.  A reference to the plans and specifications;

5.  The time and the place for filing sealed proposals; and

6.  The time and place that the governing body will consider the proposals.

The notice shall be published in ten (10) consecutive issues of a daily newspaper, or two (2) consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper, which is of general circulation in the municipality.

B.  No action or suit to question the adoption of the resolution ordering the improvement, or its sufficiency, or the final, detailed estimates of the engineer, shall be commenced later than fifteen (15) days after the first publication of the notice for proposals.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37217, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137218.  Awarding of contract  Aggregate cost.

At the time and place named in the notice for proposals to contractors, the municipal governing body shall examine all bids received.  Without unnecessary delay, the governing body shall award the contract to the lowest and best bidder.  Contractors' bids shall not be held valid longer than fortyfive (45) days after the deadline for filing the proposals with the municipality.  The aggregate amount of the contract shall not exceed the aggregate estimate of cost submitted by the engineer.  The governing body shall have the right to award a contract for all or a portion of the improvement or to reject any or all bids, and to readvertise for other bids when any bids are not, in its judgment, satisfactory. The letting of the contract shall not be complete until the contract is duly executed and the bonds approved.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37218, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137219.  Final statement of cost  Preparing assessment roll.

A.  After the completion of the work and after the cost of the same has been ascertained, the engineer shall prepare and file with the municipal clerk a final, complete and accurate statement of the cost of the entire improvement, including engineering, advertising, legal, rightofway, easements and other expenses incurred by the municipality incident to the improvement, together with any and all additions to the contract price of the improvements.  The governing body shall adopt and confirm the final statement of cost, if found to be correct.

B.  The engineer or municipal clerk shall thereupon prepare and file an assessment roll, which shall contain among other things:

1.  The names of the lastknown owners of the property to be assessed, as shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office, or as shown by certificate of a bonded abstractor; or in case the name of the owner is not known, a statement to that effect;

2.  A description of each tract or parcel of land to be assessed; and

3.  The amount of the assessment of each tract or parcel of land.

The amount assessed to each tract or parcel of land shall be on an area basis, in proportion to the area of the whole district, exclusive of public highways.  All property within two hundred (200) feet of the improvements shall be deemed to be abutting thereon for the purposes of protest and assessment, to the extent that such property is within the limits of the assessment plat.  If a fractional part of a lot, parcel, or tract of land is within an assessment area, the benefit shall be computed for the fractional part, but the entire lot, parcel or tract of land under the same ownership of which the fractional part is a part shall be subject to assessment for the benefit.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37219, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137220.  Hearing of objections on assessments  Time of hearing  Notice.

When the assessment roll is filed, the governing body shall set a time for holding a hearing on any complaints or objections that may be made concerning the apportionment as to any of the lots. Notice of the hearing shall be published in five (5) consecutive issues of a daily newspaper, or two (2) consecutive issues of a weekly newspaper, which is of general circulation in the municipality.  The date fixed for the hearing shall be not less than five (5) nor more than thirty (30) days from the date of the last publication.  Not less than ten (10) days before the hearing, the municipal clerk shall also notify each listed owner or property chargeable with the cost of the improvement by mail to his address, as shown by the current year's tax rolls in the county treasurer's office, or as shown by certificate of a bonded abstractor.  The notice shall state:

1.  That the assessment roll is on file in the municipal clerk's office;

2.  The date the assessment roll was filed; and

3.  The time and place that the governing body will hear and consider any objections.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37220, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137221.  Correction and confirmation of apportionment.

Any owner of real estate proposed to be assessed may, at or prior to the hearing on the apportionment, file his objections in writing against the validity of the assessment roll and proposed assessment, setting forth the nature thereof, and shall have full opportunity to be heard.  The governing body shall make such adjustments as may be just and proper.  Any and all objections to the amount and validity of the assessments shall be deemed waived unless presented at the time and in the manner herein specified.  At the hearing on the apportionment, or any adjournment thereof, the municipal governing body may review and correct the apportionment and raise or lower the same as to any lots or tracts of land, as it shall deem just.  The governing body by resolution shall confirm the apportionment and assessment as so revised and corrected by it.  The determination by the governing body of the existence and extent of special benefit to each tract or parcel of land in the district is hereby declared to be legislative in nature, and shall be conclusive upon the property owners and upon the courts.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37221, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-37-222.  Assessing ordinance - Interest on installments - Liens.

Assessments in conformity with the appraisement and apportionment, as corrected and confirmed by the governing body, shall be payable in ten equal annual installments, and shall bear interest not to exceed the rate of thirteen percent (13%) per annum until paid, payable in each year at such time as the several installments are made payable.  The governing body, by ordinance and by referring to the assessment roll as confirmed, shall levy assessments in accordance with the assessment roll and apportionment, as confirmed, against the several lots and tracts of land liable therefor.  The ordinance shall provide that the owners of the property so assessed shall have the privilege of paying the amounts of their respective assessments without interest within thirty (30) days after the date of the publication of the assessing ordinance.  The special assessments, and each installment thereof and the interest and penalties thereon, are hereby declared to be a lien against the lots and tracts of land as assessed from the date of the publication of the ordinance levying the same, coequal with the lien of other taxes and prior and superior to all other liens against such lots or tracts of land.  The liens shall continue as to unpaid installments, interest and penalties until the assessments, interest and penalties thereon shall be fully paid, but unmatured installments shall not be deemed to be within the terms of any general convenant or warranty.

Amended by Laws 1982, c. 9, § 3, emerg. eff. March 15, 1982.


§1137223.  Treatment of property owned by municipality, counties or schools.

Any property which is owned by the municipality, or county, or any board of education or school district, shall be treated and considered the same as the property of other owners.  The municipality, county, school district or board of education within the district to be assessed shall annually provide, by the levy of taxes in a sufficient sum, for payment of the maturing installments of assessments and interest and penalty thereon.  In municipalities containing a population of less than two thousand five hundred (2,500), according to the latest federal census, the municipality may, with the consent of the school board, provide for the payment of such assessments, or the construction and installment of sewer and water improvements, with funds derived from the issuance of building bonds or receipts of a building tax levy of a school district served by such improvement.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37223, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137224.  Assessment record.

As soon as the assessing ordinance is adopted, the municipal clerk shall prepare a book which shall be known as the Assessment Record, in which he shall enter:

1.  The names of each person owning the land to be assessed, as ascertained from the records of the county; or in case the name of the owner is not known, a statement to that effect;

2.  A description of the lot, tract or subdivision;

3.  A blank space for entering the amount of the assessment; and

4.  A suitable column for entering the payments which may be made from time to time on account of the assessment.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37224, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137225.  Due date of first installment  Payment of assessments  Interest on delinquent installments.

A.  The first installment of the assessment, together with interest upon the whole assessment from the date of the passage of the assessing ordinance to the first day of the next September, shall be due and payable in cash on or before the first day of September next succeeding the passage of the assessing ordinance. If the assessing ordinance is not passed prior to the first day of July in any year, the first installment of the assessment shall be due and payable in cash with interest from the date of the passage of the assessing ordinance to the first day of September of the following year.

B.  The assessments shall be payable as the several installments become due, together with the interest thereon, to the municipal clerk, who shall give proper receipts for the payments, and credit the payments upon the Assessment Record.  In case any installment or interest is not paid when due, the installment so matured and unpaid and the unpaid interest thereon shall draw interest at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum from maturity until paid, except as otherwise provided.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37225, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137226.  Collection of payments  Bond of clerk  Special fund.

The municipal clerk shall be required to execute a good and sufficient bond, with sureties, and in an amount to be approved by the governing body, payable to the municipality, conditioned for the faithful performance of the duties conferred upon him as collector of the assessments.  The municipal clerk shall keep an accurate account of all assessment collections made by him, and shall pay to the municipal treasurer daily the amounts of the assessments collected by him.  The amounts so collected and paid to the municipal treasurer shall constitute a separate, special fund to be used and applied to the payment of bonds and the interest coupons which are issued against the assessments.  After the payment of all bonds and interest thereon, any surplus remaining in the fund shall be paid to the general fund.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37226, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-37-227.  Delinquent installments - Certification to county treasurer - Collection of taxes and penalties.

The municipal clerk, promptly after the date of maturity of any installment and interest and no earlier than the first day of July and no later than the tenth day of July in each year, shall certify the installment and interest then due to the county treasurer of the county in which the assessed property is located.  Once certified to the county treasurer, payment may only be made to the county treasurer except as otherwise provided for in this section.  At the time of collection the county treasurer shall collect a fee of Five Dollars ($5.00) for each parcel of property and such fee shall be deposited to the general fund of the county.  The county treasurer shall place the installment and interest upon the November delinquent tax list of the same year which is prepared by the county treasurer, and collect the installment and interest as other delinquent taxes are collected.  Provided, that no such certification shall be made to the county treasurer unless the city or town clerk shall have sent notice of the nature and amount of the assessment by restricted delivery mail on or before June 1 of said year to the last-known address of the owner of the assessed property.  The county treasurer shall collect the installments of assessment, together with interest and penalty, as certified to him by the municipal clerk, but any taxpayer shall have a right to pay his ad valorem taxes to the county treasurer regardless of the delinquency of such assessments.  Within thirty (30) days from the receipt of a delinquent assessment, interest and penalty, as collected by the county treasurer, the same shall be paid by the county treasurer to the municipal treasurer for disbursement in accordance with the provisions of Section 37226 of this title.  All payments to the municipal treasurer on account of such assessments shall be certified by him to the municipal clerk for crediting on the Assessment Record.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37-227, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1978, c. 196, § 4, eff. July 1, 1978; Laws 2000, c. 82, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 2000.


§1137228.  Acceptance of work after completion in accordance with plans.

Upon the completion of the improvement, the governing body shall determine whether or not the work has been completed in accordance with the plans, specifications and contract therefor.  If the governing body finds the work to be in compliance, it shall accept the same.  When the work is so accepted, the action shall be conclusively binding upon all persons interested and upon the court.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37228, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137229.  Issuance of negotiable coupon books.

The municipal governing body may, after the expiration of thirty (30) days from the publication of the assessing ordinance, within which period the whole of any assessment may be paid without interest, provide by resolution for the issuance of bonds.  The bonds shall be in the aggregate amount of the assessments then remaining unpaid, bearing date of thirty (30) days after the publication of the assessing ordinance, and be of such denominations as the governing body and the contractor shall determine.  The bonds shall in no event become a liability of the municipality issuing the bonds.  The bonds shall be payable on or before the first of October next succeeding the September 1 on which the last installment of assessments shall mature.  The interest on the bonds shall be at the rate of not to exceed twelve percent (12%) per annum, payable October 1 following the due date of the first installment of assessments, and semiannually thereafter, until maturity, and fifteen percent (15%) per annum after maturity.  The bonds shall be designated as Improvement Bonds and shall:

1.  Recite the areas for the improvement of which they have been issued;

2.  State that they are payable, in cash, from the assessments which have been levied upon the lots and tracts of land benefited by the improvement and from the accumulation of the interest and penalty on the assessments;

3.  Designate the place, either within or without Oklahoma, where the bonds and interest shall be payable;

4.  Be signed by the mayor and attested by the municipal clerk; and

5.  Contain an impression of the corporate seal of the municipality thereon.

Facsimile seals and signatures of the mayor and municipal clerk may be used as provided in the Registered Public Obligations Act of Oklahoma.  The bonds shall be issued in series, and the bonds of each series shall be numbered consecutively beginning with number One.  The bonds of each series shall be payable, in cash, in their numerical order.

Amended by Laws 1982, c. 9, § 4, emerg. eff. March 15, 1982; Laws 1983, c. 170, § 19, eff. July 1, 1983.  

§1137230.  Registration of bonds.

The Improvement Bonds shall be registered by the clerk of the municipality in a book to be provided for that purpose, and each bond shall bear a certificate of such registration. Upon the books of the treasurer shall be noted the name of the holder of each bond and his address.  Any subsequent holder may cause the same to be registered in the name of the holder upon submission of proper proof of ownership.  Nothing herein shall prevent the appointment of a registrar, transfer, authenticating, paying or other agent as provided in the Registered Public Obligations Act of Oklahoma for purposes of performing the functions required herein.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 170, § 21, eff. July 1, 1983.  

§1137231.  Bond payment and cancellation.

The municipality shall have the right to call and pay in numerical order the bonds or any number thereof in the following manner:  Whenever there shall be sufficient funds in the hands of the municipal treasurer after the payment of all interest due and to become due within the next six (6) months, the treasurer, on or before March 10 and September 10 of any year, shall give notice by certified mail addressed to the lastregistered holder of the bonds called, at the address appearing upon the registry, that there has accumulated funds sufficient to pay the designated bonds, and interest thereon to April 1 next or October 1 next, as the case may be, and directing the presentation of the bond or bonds for payment and cancellation.  The bond or bonds which are called will cease to bear interest after April 1 or October 1, as provided in the notice. Upon the payment and cancellation of the bond or bonds, proper entry thereof shall be made upon the books of the clerk and treasurer or appointed agent.  Upon the accumulation of sufficient funds as herein provided, the municipal treasurer shall pay the bonds so called and, in the event of failure to do so, he shall be liable for all such damages as may result therefrom.  The provisions of this section may be enforced by appropriate proceedings in mandamus against the treasurer.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 170, § 20, eff. July 1, 1983.


§1137232.  Delivery of bonds to contractor.

The cash prepayments and the bonds in the amount that may be necessary for the purpose shall be turned over and delivered to the contractor or assigns at par and accrued interest in payment of the amount due in accordance with the terms of the contract, provided that the contractor has paid to the municipal clerk all advertising, engineering, appraising, rightofway and easements and other costs, including consulting attorneys fees and special attorney and audit fees.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37232, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137233.  Right of action of bondholder.

Any holder of any improvement bond issued hereunder shall have the right to institute, in the name of the municipality issuing the bond, an action in the district court in the county in which the property is located to foreclose the lien of the assessments whenever the assessments, or any installment thereof, are delinquent for a period of at least six (6) months.  The petition for foreclosure shall generally:

1.  State the ownership of the bond;

2.  Describe the property assessed;

3.  Describe the nature of the improvement;

4.  Set forth the amount of the unpaid delinquent assessment or installment and penalty thereon at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum; and

5.  Pray for the foreclosure of the lien.

Summons shall be issued on the petition as in other civil actions and the cause tried by the district court.  Judgment may be entered on the petition for the amount of the unpaid assessment, or installment, together with interest thereon at the rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum from the date the assessment or installment was due and payable up to the date of the filing of the petition, and for the sum of six percent (6%) interest on the judgment computed from the time of filing the petition until the judgment is paid, together with reasonable attorneys fees.  If the judgment, together with interest, costs and attorneys fees, is not paid within six (6) months after the date of the rendition thereof, an order of sale shall issue by the clerk of the court, directed to the sheriff of the county, to sell the real estate in the manner and form as for sale of real estate under execution.  Upon the payment of the judgment, the amount thereof exclusive of costs and attorneys fees shall be paid to the municipal treasurer for deposit in the separate, special fund to pay outstanding bonds and interest thereon.  The judgment shall provide for the sale of the real estate subject to existing general ad valorem taxes.  All owners or encumbrancers shall be made parties defendant in the suit.  Upon the institution of an action to collect delinquent and unpaid assessments in any improvement district against property liable therefor, no other or further action shall be instituted and maintained to collect such delinquent assessment against the property for that year.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37233, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1137234.  Limitation on suits to set aside assessments or issuance of bonds.

No suit shall be sustained to set aside any assessment, nor to contest the area of assessment, nor to enjoin the municipal governing body from levying or collecting any such assessment, or installment thereof, or interest or penalty thereon, or issuing the bonds, or providing for their payment, or contesting the validity thereof on any ground, unless such suit shall be commenced not more than fifteen (15) days after the publication of the ordinance levying assessments.  After the fifteenday period has expired, or after the work has been completed and accepted by the municipality, a suit may be brought only for the failure to adopt and publish the resolution declaring the necessity for the improvement, as provided in Sections 37211 and 37212 of this title, or for the failure to give notice of the hearing interest or penalty thereon, or issuing the bonds, or providing for their payment, or contesting the validity thereof on any ground, unless such suit shall be commenced not more than fifteen (15) days after the publication of the ordinance levying assessments.  After the fifteenday period has expired, or after the work has been completed and accepted by the municipality, a suit may be brought only for the failure to adopt and publish the resolution declaring the necessity for the improvement, as provided in Sections 37211 and 37212 of this title, or for the failure to give notice of the hearing on the assessment roll, as provided in Section 37220 of this title. In the event any special assessment shall be found to be invalid or insufficient, in whole or in part, for any reason whatever, the governing body at any time, in the manner provided for levying an original assessment, may proceed to cause a new assessment to be made and levied which shall have like force and effect as an original assessment.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 37234, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1138101.  Definitions and applicability.

The provisions of this article shall apply to all municipalities in this state except as otherwise provided.  The following terms whenever used or referred to in Sections 38101 through 38119 of this title shall have the following meanings, unless a different meaning is clearly indicated by the context:

1.  "Authority" or "Urban Renewal Authority" shall mean a public body corporate created by Section 38107 of this title;

2.  "Public body" shall mean the state or any incorporated city, town, board, commission, authority, district, or any subdivision or public body of the state;

3.  "Municipality" shall mean any incorporated city or town;

4.  "Municipal governing body" shall mean the council, board of trustees, or other body duly charged with governing a municipality;

5.  "Mayor" shall mean the mayor of a municipality or other officer or body having the duties customarily imposed upon the executive head of a municipality;

6.  "Clerk" shall mean the clerk or other official of a municipality who is the custodian of the official records of the municipality;

7.  "Federal Government" shall include the United States of America or any agency or instrumentality, corporate or otherwise, of the United States of America;

8.  "Blighted area" shall mean an area in which there are properties, buildings, or improvements, whether occupied or vacant, whether residential or nonresidential, which by reason of dilapidation, deterioration, age or obsolescence, inadequate provision for ventilation, light, air, sanitation or open spaces; population overcrowding; improper subdivision or obsolete platting of land, inadequate parcel size; arrested economic development; improper street layout in terms of existing or projected traffic needs, traffic congestion or lack of parking or terminal facilities needed for existing or proposed land uses in the area, predominance of defective or inadequate street layouts; faulty lot layout in relation to size, adequacy, accessibility or usefulness; insanitary or unsafe conditions, deterioration of site or other improvements; diversity of ownership, tax or special assessment delinquency exceeding the fair value of the land; defective or unusual conditions of title; any one or combination of such conditions which substantially impair or arrest the sound growth of municipalities, or constitutes an economic or social liability, or which endangers life or property by fire or other causes, or is conducive to ill health, transmission of disease, mortality, juvenile delinquency, or crime and by reason thereof, is detrimental to the public health, safety, morals or welfare;

9.  "Urban renewal project" or "redevelopment project" may include undertakings and activities of a municipality, an urban renewal authority, redevelopment corporation, person or other corporation, in an urban renewal area for the elimination and for the prevention of the development or spread of blight, and may involve clearance and redevelopment in an urban renewal area, or rehabilitation or conservation in an urban renewal area, or any combination or part thereof in accordance with an urban renewal plan.

Such undertakings may include:  (a)  acquisition of a blighted area or portions thereof; (b)  demolition and removal of buildings and improvements; (c)  installation, construction or reconstruction of streets, offstreet parking facilities, utilities, parks, playgrounds, and other improvements necessary for carrying out in the urban renewal area the urban renewal objectives of this article in accordance with the urban renewal plan; (d)  disposition of any property for uses in the urban renewal area or the leasing or retention of such property for uses in accordance with the urban renewal plan; (e) carrying out plans for a program of voluntary or compulsory repair and rehabilitation of buildings or other improvements in accordance with the urban renewal plan; or (f) acquisition of any other real property in the area where necessary to eliminate unhealthful, insanitary or unsafe conditions, lessen density, eliminate obsolete or other uses detrimental to the public welfare, or otherwise to remove or prevent the spread of blight or deterioration, or to provide land for needed public facilities;

10.  "Urban renewal area" means a blighted area within which the governing body of a municipality designates an area appropriate for an urban renewal project;

11.  "Urban renewal plan" means a plan officially adopted by the municipal governing body, as it exists or is changed from time to time, for an urban renewal project, which plan shall:  (a) conform to the general plan for the municipality as a whole except as provided in subsection I of Section 38106(e) of this title; and (b) be sufficiently complete to indicate such land acquisition, demolition and removal of structures, redevelopment, improvements, and rehabilitation as may be proposed to be carried out in the urban renewal area, zoning and planning changes, if any, land uses, maximum densities, building requirements, and the plan's relationship to definite local objectives respecting appropriate land uses, traffic, public transportation, public utilities, recreational and community facilities, and other public improvements, and plans for financing the project, and plans for the relocation of families and businesses to be displaced;

12.  "Real property" shall include all lands, including improvements and fixtures thereon, and property of any nature appurtenant thereto, or used in connection therewith, and every estate, interest, right and use, legal or equitable, therein, including terms for years and liens by way of judgment, mortgage or otherwise;

13.  "Notes" shall mean any notes (including refunding notes), interim certificates of indebtedness, debentures or other obligations;

14.  "Obligee" shall include any bondholder, agents or trustees for any bondholders, or lessor demising to the municipality property used in connection with an urban renewal project, or any assignee or assignees of such lessor's interest or any part thereof, and the Federal Government when it is a party to any contract with the Urban Renewal Authority or the municipality;

15.  "Person" shall mean any individual, firm, partnership, corporation, company, association, joint stock association, or body politic; and shall include any trustee, receiver, assignee, or other person acting in a similar representative capacity;

16.  "Area of operation" shall mean the area within the corporate limits of the municipality;

17.  "Board" or "Commission" shall mean a board, commission, department, division, office, body or other unit of the municipality;

18.  "Public officer" shall mean any officer who is in charge of any department or branch of the government of a municipality relating to health, fire, building regulations, or to other activities concerning dwellings in its area of operation; and

19.  "Redevelopment corporation" shall mean a corporation organized under the provisions of Section 38117 of this title.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38101, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1138102.  Declarations and findings.

It is hereby found and declared that there exists in certain municipalities blighted areas as herein defined which constitute a serious and growing menace, injurious and inimical to the public health, safety, morals and welfare of the residents of said municipalities; that the existence of such areas contributes an economic and social liability imposing onerous burdens which decrease the tax base and reduce tax revenues, substantially impairs or arrests sound urban growth, retards sound economic development, aggravates traffic problems and substantially impairs or arrests the elimination of traffic hazards and the improvement of traffic facilities; and that the prevention and elimination of blight is a matter of state policy and state concern; that the state and such municipalities shall not continue to be endangered by areas which are focal centers of disease, promote juvenile delinquency, and consume an excessive proportion of its revenue because of extra services required for police, fire, accident, hospitalization and other forms of public protection, services and facilities; that by such prevention and elimination, property values will be stabilized and tax burdens more equitably distributed, and the financial and capital resources of the state will be strengthened; that this menace can best be remedied by cooperative participation of private enterprise, municipal governing bodies and public agencies.

It is further found and declared that certain blighted areas, or portions thereof, may require acquisition, clearance, and disposition subject to use restrictions, as provided in this article, since the prevailing conditions of decay may make impracticable the reclamation of the area by conservation or rehabilitation; that the conditions and evils hereinbefore enumerated may be eliminated, remedied or prevented; that the salvable blighted areas can be conserved and rehabilitated through appropriate public action as herein authorized, and the cooperation and voluntary action of the owners and tenants of property in such area.

It is further found and declared that the powers conferred by this article are for public uses and purposes for which public money may be expended and the power of eminent domain and police power exercised; and it is hereby declared that it is a matter of legislative determination that the provisions of this article are enacted in the public interest.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38102, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1138103.  Workable program for utilization of private and public resources.

A municipality for the purpose of this article shall formulate for its area of operation a workable program for utilizing appropriate private and public resources to eliminate and prevent the development or spread of blight, to encourage needed rehabilitation, to provide for the redevelopment of blighted areas, or to undertake any of these activities or other feasible public activities as may be suitably employed to achieve the objectives of the workable program.  The workable program may include, without limitation, provision for:  the prevention of the spread of blight into areas of the municipality which are free from blight through diligent enforcement of housing, zoning and occupancy controls and standards; the rehabilitation or conservation of blighted areas or portions thereof by replanning, removing congestion, providing parks, playgrounds and other public improvements, by encouraging voluntary rehabilitation and by compelling the repair and rehabilitation of deteriorated or deteriorating structures; and the clearance and redevelopment of blighted areas or portions thereof.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38103, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-38-104.  Maximum rehabilitation and redevelopment by private enterprise - Public housing facilities.

The Urban Renewal Authority and any municipality, to the greatest extent determined to be feasible in carrying out the provisions of this article, shall afford maximum opportunity, consistent with the sound needs of the municipality as a whole, to the rehabilitation or redevelopment of the urban renewal area by private enterprise.  The Urban Renewal Authority and the municipality shall give consideration to this objective in exercising their powers under this article, including the formulation of a workable program, the approval of urban renewal plans (consistent with the general plan of the municipality), and the exercise of its zoning powers, the enforcement of other laws, codes and regulations relating to the use of land and the use and occupancy of buildings and improvements, the disposition of any property acquired, and the provision of necessary public improvements.  Nothing herein shall be construed to authorize any municipality or Urban Renewal Authority to construct or operate public housing facilities.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38104, eff. July 1, 1978.


§11-38-105.  Authorization by resolution of governing body.

A.  No Urban Renewal Authority created by this article shall exercise the authority or powers granted by this article until after the municipal governing body shall have determined by resolution that such action is in the public interest and elects to have the authority or powers exercised by the Urban Renewal Authority if one exists or is subsequently established.

B.  No municipality shall exercise the authority granted by this article until after the municipal governing body shall have adopted a resolution finding that:

1.  One or more blighted areas exist in its area of operation; and

2.  The rehabilitation, conservation or redevelopment, or a combination thereof, of the area or areas is necessary in the interest of the public health, safety, morals and welfare of the residents of the area.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38-105, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1994, c. 206, § 2, emerg. eff. May 20, 1994; Laws 2004, c. 42, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.


§1138106.  Urban renewal plan  Public hearings  Approval and modification  Disaster areas.

A.  The Urban Renewal Authority may itself prepare or cause to be prepared an urban renewal plan or any person or agency, public or private, may prepare and submit such a plan to the municipality. Prior to the approval of an urban renewal plan by the municipal governing body, the plan shall be submitted to the planning commission having official planning jurisdiction in the municipality and such planning commission shall determine if such plan conforms with the general plan for its area of operation and the municipality, and the planning commission shall submit its written recommendations to the municipality with respect thereto within sixty (60) days after receipt of the plan.

B.  A municipal governing body shall not approve an urban renewal plan for an urban renewal area unless such governing body, by resolution, has determined such area to be a blighted area and designated such area or portion thereof, as appropriate for an urban renewal project.  The municipal governing body shall not approve an urban renewal plan or project until a general plan for the municipality has been adopted as the longrange development policy, and such urban renewal plan shall adhere thereto; provided, however, that such general plan must have designated and delineated urban renewal areas, established the appropriate reuse of such areas and established priorities for the rehabilitation or clearance and redevelopment of such areas.  The Urban Renewal Authority or a municipality shall not acquire real property for an urban renewal project unless the municipal governing body has approved the urban renewal plan in accordance with Subsection D of this section.

C.  Upon receipt of the recommendations of the planning commission, or if no recommendations are received within the sixtyday period, then without such recommendations, the municipal governing body may proceed with the hearing on the proposed urban renewal project as prescribed by Subsection D of this section.

D.  The municipal governing body shall hold a public hearing on an urban renewal plan, after public notice thereof by publication at least one time not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the date of such public hearing, in a newspaper having general circulation in the area of operation of the municipality; and by posting not less than five (5) public notice signs, each having at least nine (9) square feet of display area, for a period of fifteen (15) successive days including the day of the public hearing for which notice is being given, in the area affected by the proposed urban renewal plan, and shall outline the general nature and scope of the urban renewal project under consideration.

E.  Following such hearing, the municipal governing body may approve an urban renewal plan if it finds that:  (1)  A feasible method exists for the relocation of families and businesses who will be displaced from the urban renewal area in decent, safe and sanitary accommodations within their means and without undue hardship to such families and businesses; (2)  The urban renewal plan conforms to and assists in the execution of the general plan of the municipality as a whole; provided, however, if the planning commission fails to make such a determination within the prescribed sixty (60) days, or makes a determination to the contrary, not less than fourfifths majority vote of the municipal governing body shall be required to make this finding; (3)  The plan includes feasible methods for financing the project; and (4)  The urban renewal plan will afford maximum opportunity, consistent with the sound needs of the municipality as a whole, for the rehabilitation or redevelopment of the urban renewal area by private enterprise.

F.  An urban renewal plan may be modified at any time in accordance with the following procedure:  (1)  The Urban Renewal Authority determines the proposed modification to be desirable; (2) The planning commission determines that the proposed modification conforms to the general plan for the municipality and makes its recommendations pursuant to the modification or not as it may determine.  Public hearings required for the adoption of an urban renewal plan in the first instance shall be held if the governing body determines the modification to be a significant deviation from the existing urban renewal plan, in which case, approval of the modification shall be in the same manner as prescribed by this article for adoption of any urban renewal plan.  If the governing body determines the modification not to be a significant deviation or to be merely technical or for clarification purposes, the governing body may act without such public hearings.

G.  If modification of the plan is proposed after the lease or sale by the Urban Renewal Authority of real property in the urban renewal project area, such modification may be conditioned upon the approval of the owner, lessee or successor in interest as the authority may deem advisable and in any event shall be subject to such rights at law or in equity as a lessee or purchaser, or his successor or successors in interest, may be entitled to assert.

H.  Upon the approval by the municipal governing body of an urban renewal plan or of any modification thereof, such plan or modification shall be deemed to be in full force and effect for the respective urban renewal area and the Urban Renewal Authority may then cause such plan or modification to be carried out in accordance with its terms.

I.  Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, where the municipal governing body determines that an area is in need of redevelopment or rehabilitation as a result of a flood, fire, wind, earthquake, storm or other catastrophe respecting which the Governor of the state has certified the need for disaster assistance under Public Law 875, Eightyfirst Congress (42 U.S.C. Sections 1855  1855g), or other federal laws, the municipal governing body may approve an urban renewal plan and an urban renewal project with respect to such area without regard to the provisions of subsection E of this section and the provisions of this section requiring a general plan for the municipality and a public hearing on the urban renewal project.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38106, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1138107.  Urban Renewal Authority.

A.  There is hereby created in each municipality to which this article is applicable, a public body corporate to be known as the "Urban Renewal Authority", or such other name as may be designated by the governing body of the municipality, which may sue or be sued; provided, that such Authority shall not transact any business or exercise its powers hereunder until or unless the governing body of the municipality has made the finding prescribed in Section 38105 of this title.

B.  When the Urban Renewal Authority is authorized to transact business and exercise powers hereunder, the mayor, subject to the approval of the municipal governing body, shall appoint a Board of Commissioners consisting of five (5) members.  The term of office of each such Commission member shall be for three (3) years, except that of the members first appointed, one shall serve for a term of one (1) year and two shall serve for terms of two (2) years. The initial appointments, regardless of the calendar date when such appointments are made, shall expire on the July 31 closest to the full one, two or threeyear term to which such members are appointed.  Thereafter, and after the expiration of initial terms, all members shall serve terms of three (3) years.  All terms of office, including initial appointments, shall expire as of July 31 and new terms shall commence on August 1 of the calendar year.

C.  The mayor of the municipality shall designate from the duly appointed Commission members, a Chairman and Vice Chairman who shall serve terms of one (1) year, beginning August 1 of each calendar year, or until a successor is named.  Should the mayor fail to designate a Chairman or Vice Chairman within thirty (30) days after the separation date of the former Chairman, the Commission may elect a Chairman or Vice Chairman from its membership by a simple majority vote of its members.  The Chairman, and in his absence the Vice Chairman, shall call and preside over meetings of the Board of Commissioners, direct the recording of minutes of its deliberations, and appoint committees and assign their respective activities.

D.  A Commissioner shall receive no compensation for his services but shall be entitled to necessary expenses, including traveling expenses, incurred in the discharge of his duties.  Each Commissioner shall hold office until his successor has been appointed and qualified.  A certificate of the appointment or reappointment of any Commission member shall be filed with the clerk of the municipality and such certificate shall be conclusive evidence of the due and proper appointment of such Commission member.  Commissioners shall not be personally liable for obligations of the Urban Renewal Authority.

E.  The powers of an Urban Renewal Authority shall be exercised by the Commissioners thereof.  A majority of the Commissioners shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting business and exercising the powers of the Authority and for all other purposes. Action may be taken by the Authority upon a vote of a majority of the Commissioners, unless in any case its bylaws shall require a larger number.  Any person may be appointed as a Commissioner if he has resided for five (5) years within the municipality or an area annexed to the municipality and is otherwise eligible for such appointment under this article.

F.  The Urban Renewal Authority may employ an executive director, technical experts and such other agents and employees, permanent and temporary, as it may require, and determine their qualifications, duties and compensation.  The Authority may receive legal services of the staff of the municipality or it may employ or retain its own legal counsel and legal staff and may contract for any services necessary to its operation under this article.  An Authority authorized to transact business and exercise powers under this article shall file, with the mayor and the municipal governing body, on or before July 31 of each year, a report of its activities for the preceding fiscal year ending June 30, which report shall include a complete financial statement setting forth its assets, liabilities, income and operating expenses as of the end of such fiscal year.  At the time of filing the report, the Authority shall publish in a newspaper of general circulation in the area of operation, a notice to the effect that such report has been filed with the mayor and municipal governing body and that the report is available for inspection during business hours in the office of the clerk or other appropriate officer of the municipality and in the office of the Urban Renewal Authority.

G.  A Commission member may be removed from office prior to the expiration of the term for which he was appointed only for inefficiency or neglect of duty or misconduct in office by a twothirds majority vote of the municipal governing body after hearing based on charges which are written and a copy delivered to such Commission member at least ten (10) days before such hearing. A Commission member may represent himself at such hearing or be represented by counsel.

Amended by Laws 1986, c. 118, § 1, emerg. eff. April 9, 1986.  

§1138108.  Enumerated Authority powers  Powers and duties excluded.

A.  Every Urban Renewal Authority within the provisions of this article shall have all the powers necessary or convenient to carry out and effectuate the purposes and provisions of this article, including the following powers in addition to others herein granted:  1.  To undertake and carry out the urban renewal projects within its area of operation and in accordance with any urban renewal plan adopted by the municipality; and to make and execute contracts and other instruments necessary or convenient to the exercise of its powers under this article; and to disseminate blight and urban renewal information;

2.  To provide or to arrange or contract for the furnishing by any person or agency, public or private, of services, privileges, works, streets, roads, public utilities, or other facilities for or in connection with an urban renewal project; to install, construct, and reconstruct streets, offstreet parking facilities, utilities, parks, playgrounds, and other public improvements; and to agree to any conditions that it may deem reasonable and appropriate attached to Federal financial assistance and imposed pursuant to Federal law relating to the determination of prevailing salaries or wages or compliance with labor standards, in the undertaking or carrying out of an urban renewal project, and to include in any contract let in connection with such a report, provisions to fulfill such of said conditions as it may deem reasonable and appropriate;

3.  With the permission of the owner or occupant, to enter into any building or property in any urban renewal area within its area of operation in order to make inspections, surveys, appraisals, soundings or test borings; provided if permission be denied, to so enter for such purpose, upon reasonable notice and at reasonable times, with the least possible inconvenience to the persons in possession, and to obtain an order for this purpose from a court of competent jurisdiction in the event entry is denied or resisted; to acquire by purchase, lease, option, gift, grant, bequest, devise, eminent domain or otherwise, any real property, or personal property for its purposes, together with any improvements thereon; to hold, improve, clear or prepare for redevelopment any such property; to mortgage, pledge, hypothecate or otherwise encumber or dispose of any real property; to insure or provide for the insurance of any real or personal property or operations of the Authority or the municipality against any risk or hazards, including the power to pay premiums on any such insurance; and to enter into any contracts necessary to effectuate the purposes of this article; provided, however, that no statutory provisions with respect to the acquisition, clearance or disposition of property by public bodies shall restrict the Authority or municipality or other public body exercising powers hereunder, in the exercise of such functions with respect to an urban renewal project, unless the Legislature shall specifically so state;

4.  To invest any urban renewal project funds held in reserves or sinking funds or any such funds not required for immediate disbursement, in property or securities in which savings banks, building and loan associations or savings and loan associations may legally invest funds; to redeem such notes as have been issued pursuant to Section 38115 of this title at the redemption price established therein or to purchase such notes at less than redemption price, all such notes so redeemed or purchased to be cancelled;

5.  To borrow money and to apply for and accept advances, loans, grants, contributions and any other form of financial assistance from the federal government, the state, county or other public body, or from any sources, public or private, for the purposes of this article, and to give such security as may be required and to enter into and carry out contracts in connection therewith.  An Authority may include in any contract for financial assistance with the federal government for an urban renewal project such conditions imposed pursuant to federal laws as the Authority may deem reasonable and appropriate and which are not inconsistent with the purposes of this article;

6.  To make or have made, within its area of operation, surveys and plans necessary to the carrying out of urban renewal plans or projects, and to contract with any person, public or private, in making and carrying out such plans.  Such plans may include: (a) urban renewal plans; (b)  preliminary plans outlining urban renewal activities for neighborhoods to embrace two or more urban renewal areas; (c)  plans for carrying out a program of voluntary or compulsory repair and rehabilitation of buildings and improvements; (d)  plans for the enforcement of state and local laws, codes and regulations relating to the use and occupancy of buildings and improvements and to the compulsory repair, rehabilitation, demolition, or removal of buildings and improvements; or (e) appraisals, title searches, surveys, studies, and other plans and work necessary to prepare for the undertaking of urban renewal projects;

7.  To develop, test, and report methods and techniques, and carry out demonstrations and other activities, for the prevention and the elimination of blight and to apply for, accept and utilize grants of funds from the Federal Government or any other source for such purposes;

8.  To prepare plans for the relocation of persons, families, business concerns and others displaced by an urban renewal project, and to make relocation payments to or with respect to such persons for moving expenses and losses of property for which reimbursement or compensation is not otherwise made, including the making of such payment financed by the Federal Government but not limited thereby;

9.  To make such expenditures as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this article;

10.  To organize, coordinate and direct the administration of the provisions of this article as they apply to the municipality in order that the objective of remedying blighted areas and preventing the causes thereof within its area of operation may be most effectively promoted and achieved, and to establish such office or offices necessary to carry out such purposes most effectively; or

11.  To exercise all or any part or combination of powers herein granted, provided that the records covering all transactions shall be open to public scrutiny and may be inspected by any person affected thereby during regular office hours and upon reasonable notice.

B.  The duties, powers or authority of the Urban Renewal Authority shall not include:

1. The power to determine an area to be a blighted area and to designate such area as appropriate for an urban renewal project;

2.  The power to prepare, establish, or amend a general plan for the locality as a whole;

3.  The power to formulate a workable program;

4.  The power to make the determinations and findings provided for in Section 38105 and subsection E of Section 38106 of this title;

5.  The power to issue general obligation bonds;

6.  The power to appropriate funds of the municipality, to levy taxes and assessments;

7.  The power to zone or rezone; or

8.  The power to make exceptions to zoning ordinances or building regulations of the municipality.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38108, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1138109.  Powers of municipalities or other public bodies.

A.  For the purpose of aiding in the planning, undertaking or carrying out of an urban renewal project, a municipality or any other public body may:

1.  Cause public buildings and public facilities to be furnished, including parks, playgrounds, recreational, community, educational, water, sewer, or drainage facilities, or any other works which it is otherwise empowered to undertake; furnish, dedicate, close, vacate, pave, install, grade, regrade, plan or replan streets, roads, sidewalks, ways or other places; or make exceptions from building regulations; and cause administrative and other services to be furnished;

2.  Accept by gift or otherwise acquire, with or without consideration, title to real property in an urban renewal project area, hold such real property and enter into leasepurchase or other agreements respecting the operation, use, or disposal of such land, with a duly organized urban redevelopment corporation or Urban Renewal Authority.  Such leasepurchase or other agreements shall contain such terms and conditions as may be deemed necessary and convenient to the execution of an urban renewal plan; or

3.  Appropriate funds for urban renewal purposes.

B.  If at any time title to or possession of any real property in an urban renewal project is held by any municipality or public body or governmental agency which is authorized by law to engage in the undertakings, carrying out, or administration of urban renewal projects (including any agency or instrumentality of the United States of America), the provisions of the agreements referred to in this section shall inure to the benefit thereof and may be enforced by such public body or governmental agency.

C.  Any sale, conveyance, lease or leasepurchase agreement or agreement provided pursuant to this section may be made by a public body to any other public body without appraisal, public notice, advertisement or public bidding.

D.  For the purpose of aiding in the planning, undertaking or carrying out of an urban renewal project hereunder, a municipality or an Urban Renewal Authority or any other public agency, board or body may (in addition to its other powers and upon such terms, with or without consideration, as it may determine) do and perform any or all of the actions or things which such public agencies or public bodies are authorized to do or perform, including the furnishing of financial and other assistance.

E.  For the purposes of this section, or for the purposes of aiding in the planning, undertaking or carrying out of an urban renewal project, such municipality may issue and sell its general obligation bonds.  Any bonds issued by a municipality pursuant to this section shall be issued in the manner and within the limitations prescribed by laws of this state for the issuance and authorization of bonds by such municipality for public purposes generally.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38109, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1138110.  Powers of redevelopment corporations or other private persons or corporations.

For the purpose of aiding in the planning, undertaking or carrying out of an urban renewal project, an urban redevelopment corporation or any other private person or corporation may, upon such terms and with or without consideration, as may be determined:

1.  Dedicate, sell, convey, or lease any of its interest in any property or grant easements, licenses or other rights or privileges therein to an Urban Renewal Authority, or to a municipality or any other public body or governmental agency or to any private person or corporation;

2.  Incur the entire expense, or any portion thereof, of any public improvements necessary to the execution of an urban renewal plan;

3.  Do any and all things necessary to aid or cooperate in the planning or carrying out of an urban renewal plan;

4.  Lend, grant or contribute funds to an Urban Renewal Authority; or

5.  Enter into agreements, including leasepurchase agreements, (which may extend over any period, notwithstanding any provision or rule of law to the contrary) with any municipality, public body or governmental agency including an Urban Renewal Authority, respecting action to be taken pursuant to any of the powers granted by this article, including the furnishing of funds, or other assistance in connection with an urban renewal project.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38110, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-38-111.  Condemnation powers.

A.  After the adoption by the municipal governing body of an urban renewal plan and a resolution declaring that the acquisition of real property described in the plan is necessary to the execution of the plan, the Urban Renewal Authority designated as the agency to execute such plan shall have the right to acquire by condemnation or otherwise, any interest or right or combination of rights in real property, including a fee simple title thereto, necessary to the execution of the approved plan.  Condemnation for the urban renewal of blighted areas is declared to be a public use, and property already devoted to any other public use or acquired by the owner or his predecessor in interest by eminent domain may be condemned for the purpose of this article.  The award of compensation for real property taken for such a project shall not be increased by reason of any increase in the value of the real property caused by the assembling, clearance, reconstruction, or proposed assembly, clearance or reconstruction in the project area.  No increment of value shall accrue to such property as the result of any illegal or unlawful use thereof.  No allowance shall be made for the improvements begun on real property after notice to the owner of such property or the institution of proceedings to condemn such property.  Evidence shall be admissible bearing upon the insanitary, unsafe, or substandard condition of the premises, or the lawful use thereof.

B.  Except as otherwise provided by subsection C of this section, the Urban Renewal Authority shall have the right to acquire by condemnation any interest in real property, including a fee simple title thereto, which it may deem necessary for or in connection with an urban renewal project under this article.

C.  If an Urban Renewal Authority intends to acquire unimproved real property pursuant to the power of condemnation authorized by this article, the Urban Renewal Authority shall specifically identify the parcels or tracts of real property which it intends to acquire through condemnation to the governing body of the municipality.  The governing body of the municipality shall consider the proposed acquisition of the unimproved real property during an open meeting and shall be required to approve the proposed acquisition by a majority vote of those persons constituting the governing body of the municipality.  No Urban Renewal Authority shall acquire unimproved real property by condemnation unless the acquisition has been specifically approved by the governing body of the municipality as required by this subsection.  An acquisition by an Urban Renewal Authority of unimproved real property made without the approval of the municipal governing body shall be void and notwithstanding the completion of other proceedings an action may be maintained by a person with a legal or equitable interest in the subject real property to recover title to the real property or possession of the real property or both title and possession of the real property.

D.  The procedure prescribed for railroad companies in Sections 51 et seq., of Title 66 of the Oklahoma Statutes, shall be followed in acquiring property by eminent domain.  Property already devoted to public use may be acquired in like manner; provided, that no real property belonging to the state or any political subdivision thereof may be acquired without its consent.

E.  In the event any Urban Renewal Authority in exercising any of the powers conferred by this article makes necessary the relocation, raising, rerouting or changing the grade of or altering the construction of any railroad, common carrier or public utility property or facility, all such relocation, raising, rerouting, changing of grade or alteration of construction shall be accomplished at the expense of the Urban Renewal Authority, provided that the Urban Renewal Authority shall not disturb the possession or operation of any railroad, common carrier, or public utility in or to the appropriated property or facility until the relocated property or facilities are available for use and until marketable title thereto has been transferred to the railroad, common carrier or public utility.

F.  In any proceeding to fix or assess compensation for damages for the taking (or damaging) of property, or any interest therein, through the exercise of the power of eminent domain or condemnation, evidence or testimony bearing upon the following matters shall be admissible and shall be considered in fixing such compensation or damages, in addition to evidence or testimony otherwise admissible:

1.  Any use, condition, occupancy, or operation of such property, which is unlawful or violative of, or subject to elimination, abatement, prohibition, or correction under, any law or any ordinance or regulatory measure of the state, county, municipality, other political subdivision, or any agency thereof, in which such property is located, as being unsafe, substandard, insanitary or otherwise contrary to the public health, safety, or welfare; and

2.  The effect on the value of such property, or any such use, condition, occupancy, or operation, or of the elimination, abatement, prohibition, or correction of any such use, condition, occupancy, or operation.

G.  The foregoing testimony and evidence shall be admissible notwithstanding that no action has been taken by any public body or public officer toward the occupancy or operation.  Testimony or evidence that any public officer charged with the duty or authority to do so has rendered, made or issued any judgment, decree, determination or order for the abatement, prohibition, elimination or correction of any such use, condition, occupancy, or operation shall be admissible and shall be prima facie evidence of the existence and character of such use, condition or operation.

H.  In any condemnation proceedings in which a jury trial is had, if the verdict of the jury exceeds the award of the court appointed commissioners, the court may award a reasonable attorney fee to the defendant or defendants, which shall be paid by the condemner.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38-111, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1996, c. 36, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1996.


§1138112.  Exemption of property from judicial process and taxation.

A.  All property of an Urban Renewal Authority, including funds, owned or held by it for the purposes of this article shall be exempt from levy and sale by virtue of an execution, and no execution or other judicial process shall issue against the same nor shall judgment against an Urban Renewal Authority be a charge or lien upon such property; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to or limit the right of obligees to pursue any remedies for the enforcement of any pledge or lien given pursuant to this article by an Urban Renewal Authority on its rents, fees, grants or revenues from urban renewal projects.

B.  The exercise of powers granted by this article will be in all respects for the benefit of the people of this state, and its political subdivisions, and the municipalities of this state, for the improvement of the public health, safety, morals and general welfare of the people.  The activities of an Urban Renewal Authority pursuant to this article constitute an essential governmental function and the property or funds of an Urban Renewal Authority, acquired or held for the purposes of this article, are declared to be public property used for essential public and governmental purposes and such property shall be exempt from all taxes of the state, the county, the municipality or any other political subdivision thereof; provided, that such tax exemption shall terminate when the Urban Renewal Authority sells such property in an urban renewal area to a purchaser who is not a public body entitled to tax exemption with respect to such property; or if such property is leased by the Urban Renewal Authority, then the improvements placed thereon shall not be entitled to such tax exemption. Provided, further, that the Urban Renewal Authority is limited in its authority to acquire property to the acquisition which is necessary in the carrying out of an urban renewal plan.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38112, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1138113.  Acquisition of property other than by means of eminent domain  Payment of taxes  Excess property.

Whenever the municipal governing body shall have determined by resolution that an area within the municipality is appropriate for an urban renewal project, then, regardless of whether or not an urban renewal plan for such area has been approved under the provisions of this article, the municipality or the Urban Renewal Authority within the municipality may acquire real property at any time within such area by means other than the exercise of the power of eminent domain.  In order to qualify for financial assistance from the Federal Government in making such acquisition, and regardless of any other provisions of the laws of the State of Oklahoma, the municipal governing body may assume the responsibility to the Federal Government to bear any loss that may arise as a result of such acquisition in the event the property so acquired is not used for urban renewal purposes because an urban renewal plan for the project area is not approved, or is amended to omit any of the acquired property, or is abandoned for any reason.  It is further provided that in the event of an advance acquisition of any improved property as herein provided the Urban Renewal Authority or governing body, as the case may be, acquiring the property shall be responsible for and pay any accruing ad valorem taxes becoming due or owing until such time as the property is incorporated in an approved urban renewal plan or converted to another public use.  Any property so acquired shall be subject to all other provisions of this article the same as property otherwise acquired, except that in the event the property so acquired is not used for urban renewal purposes because an urban renewal plan for the project area is not approved, or is amended to omit any of the acquired property, or is abandoned for any reason, the property may be disposed of under such reasonable competitive bidding procedures as the municipal governing body shall prescribe, or such property may be converted to any other public use.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38113, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-38-114.  Sale or lease of real property - Obligations of purchasers or lessees - Owner participation agreements.

A.  An Urban Renewal Authority may sell, lease or otherwise dispose of or transfer real property or any interest therein acquired by it at its fair value to a redevelopment corporation or any other private person or persons, and may enter into contracts with respect thereto, under reasonable negotiating procedures as may be prescribed by the municipal governing body, for residential, recreational, commercial, industrial or other uses or for public uses, or may retain such property for public use, in accordance with the urban renewal plan.  The sale, lease or other disposition or transfer of real property or interest therein may be subject to such covenants, conditions, and restrictions, including covenants running with the land, as the Urban Renewal Authority may deem to be necessary or desirable to assist in preventing the development or spread of future blight or to otherwise carry out the purposes of this article; provided that such sale, lease, disposition, transfer or retention, may be approved by the municipal governing body and may be made only after approval of the urban renewal plan by the municipal governing body.  A copy of the agreement or agreements related to the sale, lease, disposition or transfer shall be filed as a public record with the clerk of the municipality and the county clerk of the county in which the situs of the municipality is located.

B.  The municipality may transfer real property necessary and convenient to the execution of an approved urban renewal plan, or any interest therein, acquired by it, to the Urban Renewal Authority or a redevelopment corporation established under the provisions of this article.  The transfer of real property or any interest therein to the Urban Renewal Authority shall be on such terms as may be deemed to be desirable and in the public interest.  Such property, or interest therein, transferred to a redevelopment corporation shall be at its fair values for uses in accordance with an approved urban renewal plan.  Any such transfer of real property or interest therein shall be by agreement to be executed only after approval of the urban renewal plan by the municipal governing body.  A copy of the agreement or agreements related to such transfer of real property shall be filed as a public record with the clerk of the municipality and the county clerk of the county in which the situs of the municipality is located.

C.  Purchasers or lessees of real property in an urban renewal area and their successors and assignees shall be obligated to devote such real property only to the uses specified in the urban renewal plan, and may be obligated to comply with such other requirements as the Urban Renewal Authority or the municipal governing body may determine to be in the public interest, including but not limited to the obligation to begin and complete within a reasonable time any improvements on such real property required by the urban renewal plan.  The Urban Renewal Authority or municipality may require an appropriate performance bond to insure compliance with such requirements.

D.  In determining the fair value of real property for uses in accordance with the urban renewal plan, the Urban Renewal Authority or the municipality, whichever the case may be, shall take into account and give consideration to the uses provided in such plan; the restrictions upon and the covenants, conditions and obligations assumed by the purchaser or lessee or by a public body or public agency retaining the property, and the objectives of such plan for the prevention of the recurrence of blighted areas.  The Urban Renewal Authority in any instrument of conveyance to a private purchaser or lessee or the municipality in any instrument of conveyance to a redevelopment corporation may provide that such purchaser or lessee shall be without power to sell, lease or otherwise transfer the real property without prior written consent until such purchaser or lessee has completed the construction of any or all improvements which such purchaser has obligated himself to construct thereon.  Real property acquired for urban renewal purposes by the municipality or the Urban Renewal Authority shall be transferred as rapidly as feasible in the public interest consistent with the carrying out of the provisions of the urban renewal plan to a redevelopment corporation or other private person or persons.  The urban renewal plan, or such part or parts of such plan as the Urban Renewal Authority or the municipality may determine, may be recorded in the land records of the county in such manner as to afford actual or constructive notice thereof.

E.  An Urban Renewal Authority or a municipality may operate and maintain, during the project development stage, real property acquired in an urban renewal area pending the disposition of the property as authorized in this article, for such uses and purposes as may be deemed desirable even though not in conformity with the urban renewal plan.

F.  The urban renewal plan may provide that the owners of record of lands within the urban renewal project at the time of project execution, if the Urban Renewal Authority deems it feasible and finds that such owners of record are financially and otherwise qualified, may retain their land and participate in the renewal or redevelopment of the project area.  In every such case, the Urban Renewal Authority shall enter into an owner participation agreement with such owner or owners, which agreement shall provide that the owner agrees to carry out the purposes of the urban renewal plan, to devote such property to uses specified in the urban renewal plan, and shall contain provisions deemed to be necessary or desirable to assist in preventing the development or spread of future blight or to otherwise carry out the purposes of this article.  Such agreement shall contain such requirements as the Urban Renewal Authority may determine to be in the public interest, including the obligation to begin and complete within a reasonable time any improvements, necessary remodeling modification of any existing structure or structures on the real property required by the urban renewal plan.  The Urban Renewal Authority may require an appropriate performance bond to insure compliance with such requirements.  In all other respects, the owner participation agreement shall be consistent with and make requirements similar to the conditions to sale developed for similar property in the same project.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38-114, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 1998, c. 333, § 1, emerg. eff. June 3, 1998.


§1138115.  Notes or bonds.

A.  An Urban Renewal Authority shall have the power to issue notes or bonds, including revenue bonds, from time to time at its discretion to finance the undertaking of any urban renewal project under this article, including, without limiting the generality thereof, the payment of principal and interest upon any advances for surveys and plans, and shall also have power to issue refunding notes or bonds for the payment or retirement of such notes or bonds previously issued by it.  Such notes or bonds shall be made payable, as to both principal and interest, solely from:

1.  The income, proceeds, revenues, and funds of the Urban Renewal Authority derived from or held in connection with its undertaking and carrying out urban renewal projects under this article;

2.  Any private source, contribution or other financial assistance;

3.  Contributions or other financial assistance from the state or federal government;

4.  Any other monies derived from gifts, grants, the sale of properties or any other legally available source;

5.  The proceeds from any additional borrowings;

6.  Taxes on incremental property values allocated to a special fund of the city and appropriated by the city to the Urban Renewal Authority, under the provisions of Sections 3 through 6 of this act; or

7.  Any combination of these methods.

Provided, however, that payment of such notes or bonds, both as to principal and interest, may be further secured by a pledge of any loan, grant or contribution from the federal government or any other source, in aid of any urban renewal projects of the Urban Renewal Authority under this article, and by a mortgage of any such urban renewal projects, or any part thereof, title to which is in the Urban Renewal Authority.

B.  Notes or bonds issued under this section shall not constitute an indebtedness of the state or any municipality.

C.  Notes or bonds issued under the provisions of this article are declared to be issued for an essential public and governmental purpose, and together with interest thereon and income therefrom shall be exempted from all taxes.

D.  Notes or bonds issued under this section shall be authorized by resolution of the Urban Renewal Authority and may be issued in one or more series and shall bear such date or dates, be payable upon demand or mature at such time or times, bear interest at such rate determined feasible by the Urban Renewal Authority, be in such denomination or denominations, be in such form, carry such conversion or registration privileges, have such rank or priority, be executed in such manner, be payable in such medium of payment, at such place or places and be subject to such terms of redemption, with or without premium, be secured in such manner, and have such other characteristics, as may be provided by such resolution or trust indenture or mortgage issued pursuant thereto.

E.  Such notes or bonds must be sold to the lowest and best bidder at public sale held after notice published prior to such sale in a newspaper having general circulation in the area of operation and in such other medium of publication as the Authority may determine.  Provided, that such notes may be sold to the federal government at private sale at not less than par, and, in the event less than all of the authorized principal amount of such notes or bonds is sold to the federal government, the balance may be sold at private sales at not less than par at an interest cost of not to exceed the interest cost of the portion of the notes sold to the federal government.

F.  In case any of the public officials of the Authority or any other public body whose signature appears on any notes or bonds issued under this article shall cease to be such officials before the delivery of the notes or bonds, the signatures shall, nevertheless, be valid and sufficient for all purposes, the same as if such officials had remained in office until such delivery.  Any provision of any law to the contrary notwithstanding any notes or bonds issued pursuant to this article shall be fully negotiable.

G.  In any suit, action or proceeding involving the validity or enforceability of any notes or bonds, issued under this article or the security therefor, any such note reciting in substance that it has been issued by the Urban Renewal Authority in connection with an urban renewal project, as defined in this article, shall be conclusively deemed to have been issued for such purpose and such project shall be conclusively deemed to have been planned, located and carried out in accordance with the provisions of this article.

Amended by Laws 1983, c. 310, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.  

§1138116.  Notes or other obligations as legal investments.

All banks, trust companies, bankers, savings banks and institutions, building and loan associations, savings and loan associations, investment companies and other persons carrying on a banking or investment business; all insurance companies, insurance associations, and other persons carrying on an insurance business; and all executors, administrators, curators, trustees, and other fiduciaries, may legally invest in sinking funds, moneys, or other funds belonging to them or within their control in any notes or other obligations issued by a municipality or an Urban Renewal Authority pursuant to this article and vested with urban renewal project powers under this article; Provided, that such notes, bonds or other obligations may be secured by an agreement between the issuer and the Federal Government in which the issuer agrees to borrow from the Federal Government and the Federal Government agrees to lend to the issuer, prior to the maturity of such notes, bonds or other obligations, moneys in an amount which (together with any other moneys irrevocably committed to the payment of interest on such notes, bonds or other obligations) will suffice to pay the principal of such notes, bonds or other obligations with interest to maturity thereon, which moneys under the terms of said agreements are required to be used for the purpose of paying the principal and interest of such notes, bonds or other obligations at their maturity.  Such notes, bonds and other obligations shall be authorized security for all public deposits. It is the purpose of this section to authorize any persons, political subdivision and officers, public or private, to use any funds owned or controlled by them for the purchase of any such notes, bonds or other obligations. Nothing contained in this section with regard to legal investments shall be construed as relieving any person of any duty of exercising reasonable care in selecting securities.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38116, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1138117.  Organization of urban redevelopment corporations  Powers, duties and obligations.

A.  Corporations referred to in this article as urban redevelopment corporations shall be organized in the following manner: The articles of agreement or association shall be prepared, subscribed and acknowledged, and filed in the office of the Secretary of State pursuant to the general corporation laws of the state and shall contain:  (1) The name of the proposed corporation, which must have the words "redevelopment corporation" as a part thereof; (2) The purposes for which it is formed, which shall be to acquire, construct, maintain and operate a redevelopment project or redevelopment projects in accordance with the provisions of this article; (3) The amount of the capital stock, and if any be preferred stock, the preference thereof; (4) The number of shares of which the capital shall consist, all of which shall have a par value; (5) The municipality in which its principal business office is to be located; (6) Its duration, which shall not exceed ninetynine (99) years; (7) The number of directors, which shall not be less than three (3), nor more than thirteen (13); (8) The names and post office addresses of the directors for the first year, at least one of whom shall be a resident of the State of Oklahoma; (9) The names and post office addresses of the subscribers to the articles of association or agreement; (10) A provision that in the event that income debenture certificates are issued by a corporation, the owners thereof shall have the same right to vote as they would have if possessed of certificates of stock of the amount and par value of the income debenture certificates held by them. The articles may provide for the retirement of income debenture certificates or preferred stock of the corporation as and when there shall be funds available in the treasury of the corporation from the receipt of amortization of sinking fund installments for that purpose; and (11) A declaration that the corporation has been organized to serve a public purpose; that all real estate acquired by it and all structures erected by it are to be acquired for the purpose of promoting the public health, safety, and welfare, and that such corporation is organized for the purpose of clearing, replanning, reconstructing or rehabilitating blighted areas, and the construction of such industrial, commercial, residential or public structure as may be appropriate including provisions for recreational and other facilities incidental or appurtenant thereto. B.  No corporation now organized under the laws of this state shall change its name to a name, and no such corporation hereafter organized shall have a name, containing the word "redevelopment" as a part thereof except as provided in this article.  No foreign corporation now authorized to do business in this state shall change its name to a name, and no such corporation shall hereafter be authorized to do business in the state with a name, containing the word "redevelopment" as a part thereof.

C.  An urban redevelopment corporation may operate under this article on one or more redevelopment projects and, with respect to each such project, shall have such rights, powers, duties, and immunities and obligations, not inconsistent with the provisions of this article, as may be granted to it by an agreement to operate and to execute an urban renewal plan or any portion thereof.  The agreement to operate may be entered between the redevelopment corporation and any municipality or Urban Renewal Authority.  The agreement shall provide, among other things, that the corporation is to carry out the purposes of the urban renewal plan for the project area, and to devote such property as it may acquire, to uses specified in the urban renewal plan and shall contain provisions deemed to be necessary or desirable to assist in preventing the development or spread of future blight or otherwise carry out the purposes of this article.  The agreement shall contain such requirements as the municipality or Urban Renewal Authority may determine to be in the public interest, including the obligation to begin to execute the redevelopment plan within a reasonable time. The agreement to operate may provide that the redevelopment corporation is to prepare a renewal plan; however, execution of the plan shall not proceed until such plan is adopted by the municipality as required in this article.  The agreement may require the redevelopment corporation to furnish a performance bond for an amount to be determined by the municipality or the Urban Renewal Authority whichever the case may be.

D.  The provisions of the general corporation law, as presently in effect and as hereafter from time to time amended, shall apply to urban redevelopment corporations, except where such provisions are in conflict with the provisions of this article.

E.  In the event that any action with respect to which the holders of income debentures shall have the right to vote is proposed to be taken, notice of any meeting at which such action is proposed to be taken shall be given to such holders in the same manner and to the same extent as if they were stockholders entitled to notice of and to vote at such meeting.  Any articles filed pursuant to law in the office of the Secretary of State with respect to any such action, and any affidavit required by law to be annexed to such articles shall contain the same statements or recitals.  The articles shall be subscribed and acknowledged, and such affidavit shall be made, in the same manner as if such debenture holders were stockholders holding shares of an additional class of stock entitled to vote on such action, or with respect to the proceedings provided in such document.

F.  An urban redevelopment corporation shall establish and maintain depreciation, obsolescence, and other reserves, also surplus and other accounts, including, among others, a reserve for the payment of taxes according to recognized standard accounting practices.

G.  No urban redevelopment corporation shall pay any interest on its income debentures or dividends on its stock during any dividend year unless there shall exist at the time of such payment no default under any amortization requirements with respect to its indebtedness, or unless all accrued interest, taxes and other public charges shall have been duly paid or reserves set up for payment therefor, and adequate reserves provided for depreciation, obsolescence and other proper reserves.

H.  The real property, title of which is vested in an urban redevelopment corporation, shall be subject to the payment of general ad valorem taxes imposed by the state or any political subdivision thereof.

I.  Notwithstanding any requirement of law to the contrary, or the absence of direct provision therefor in the instrument under which a fiduciary is acting, any of the following persons, partnerships, or corporations, and public bodies or public officers, owning or holding any real property within any blighted area proposed to be cleared or redeveloped by an urban redevelopment corporation, may grant, sell, lease or otherwise transfer any such real property to an urban redevelopment corporation, and receive and hold any cash, mortgages, or other securities or obligations exchanged therefor by such urban redevelopment corporation, and may execute such instruments and do such acts as may be deemed necessary or desirable by them or to and by the urban redevelopment corporation in connection with the execution of any urban renewal plan: (1) Every executor, administrator, trustee, guardian or any other person holding trust funds or acting in a fiduciary capacity, unless the instrument under which such fiduciary is acting expressly forbids; (2) The state, its subdivisions, municipalities, all other public bodies, and all public officers; (3) Persons, partnerships and corporations, organized under or subject to the provisions of the banking and trust laws (including savings banks, savings and loan associations, trust companies, private bankers and private banking corporations); (4) The State Bank Commissioner or the Commissioner of Securities as conservator, liquidator, or rehabilitator of any such person, partnership, or corporation.

J.  An urban redevelopment corporation may acquire real property or secure options in its own name or in the name of nominees, or it may acquire real property by gift, grant, lease, purchase, leasepurchase, or otherwise.

K.  When title to real property has been vested in an urban redevelopment corporation, the urban redevelopment corporation may agree with the previous owners of such property, or any tenants continuing to occupy or use it, or any other persons who may occupy or use or seek to occupy or use such property, that such former owner, tenant, or other persons may occupy or use such property upon the payment periodically of an agreed sum of money.  Such occupation or use shall not be construed as a tenancy from month to month, nor require the giving of notice by the urban redevelopment corporation for the termination of such occupation or use of the right to such occupation or use, but immediately upon the expiration of the term for which payment has been made the urban redevelopment corporation shall be entitled to possession of the real property and may maintain an action for either unlawful detainer or ejectment for the purpose of recovering immediate possession thereof.

L.  An urban redevelopment corporation may borrow funds and secure the repayment thereof by mortgage which shall contain reasonable amortization provisions and shall be a lien upon no other real property except that forming the whole or a part of a single development area.  Certificates, bonds and notes, or part interest therein, or any part of an issue thereof, which are secured by a first mortgage on the real property in an urban renewal area, or any part thereof, shall be securities in which all the following persons, partnerships, or corporations and public bodies or public officers may legally invest the funds within their control: (1) Every executor, administrator, trustee, guardian, committee or other person or corporation holding trust funds or acting in a fiduciary capacity; (2) Persons, partnerships and corporations organized under or subject to the provisions of the banking law (including savings banks, savings and loan associations and trust companies); (3) The State Bank Commissioner or the Commissioner of Securities as conservator, liquidator, or rehabilitator of any such person, partnership or corporation; (4) Persons, partnerships, or corporations organized under or subject to the provisions of the insurance law; (5) Fraternal benefit societies; and (6) The State Commissioner of Insurance as conservator, liquidator, or rehabilitator of any such person, partnership or corporation.  Any mortgage on the real property in an urban renewal area, or any part thereof, may create a first lien, or a second or other junior lien, upon such real property.

M.  Any urban redevelopment corporation may lease, sell, grant, dedicate or otherwise dispose of any or all of the real property acquired by it for the purposes of a redevelopment project.  In the event of the sale by reason of foreclosure or other disposition of real property of any urban redevelopment corporation by voluntary transfer or otherwise, or by reason of the foreclosure of any mortgage or other lien, through insolvency or bankruptcy proceedings, by order of any court of competent jurisdiction, by voluntary transfer or otherwise, the purchaser of such real property of such redevelopment corporation shall continue to use, operate and maintain such real property in accordance with the provisions of the urban renewal plan.

N.  Any urban redevelopment corporation may accept grants or loans of money from the Federal Government or any department or agency thereof.

O.  Any corporation organized under the laws of the State of Oklahoma, or admitted to do business in the State of Oklahoma, shall have power to purchase shares of stock of an urban redevelopment corporation organized under the provisions of this article.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38117, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§11-38-118.  Personal interest of public officials or employees in project or property.

No public official or employee of a municipality (or Board or Commission thereof), and no Commissioner or employee of an Urban Renewal Authority which has been vested by a municipality with urban renewal project powers under this article, shall voluntarily acquire any personal interest, direct or indirect, in any urban renewal project, or in any property that is to be acquired or developed with public finance assistance and that is included or planned to be included in any urban renewal project of such municipality or in any contract or proposed contract in connection with such urban renewal project.  Where such acquisition is not voluntary, the interest acquired shall be immediately disclosed in writing to the municipal governing body.  If such official, Commissioner or employee presently owns or controls, or owned or controlled within the preceding two (2) years, any interest, direct or indirect, in any property which he knows is included or planned to be included in an urban renewal project, he shall immediately disclose this fact in writing to the municipal governing body, and any such officials, Commissioner or employee shall not participate in any action by the municipality (or Board or Commission thereof), or Urban Renewal Authority affecting such property.  The disclosure required to be made by this section to the municipal governing body shall concurrently be made to the Urban Renewal Authority which has been vested with urban renewal project powers by the municipality pursuant to the provisions of this article.  No Commissioner or other officer of any Urban Renewal Authority, Board or Commission exercising the powers pursuant to this article shall hold any other public office under the municipality other than his commissionership or office with respect to such Urban Renewal Authority.

Added by Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38-118, eff. July 1, 1978.  Amended by Laws 2005, c. 210, § 1, emerg. eff. May 23, 2005.


§1138119.  Law governing.

Insofar as the provisions of this article are inconsistent with the provisions of any other law, the provisions of this article shall be controlling.  The powers conferred by this article shall be in addition and supplemental to the power conferred by any other law.

Laws 1977, c. 256, § 38119, eff. July 1, 1978.  

§1138120.  Designation of tax increment allocation district.

A.  At the time of adoption of an urban renewal plan pursuant to this act, or subsequent thereto, the municipal governing body may designate the urban renewal area to be a tax increment allocation district by either resolution or ordinance.

B.  Before a municipality may designate a tax increment allocation district, the municipal governing body shall hold a public hearing thereon, after public notice thereof by publication at least one time not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the date of such public hearing, in a newspaper having general circulation in the area of operation of the municipality, and by posting not less than five public notice signs, each having at least nine (9) square feet of display area, for a period of fifteen (15) successive days including the day of the public hearing for which notice is being given, in the area to be included in the proposed tax increment allocation district.  Public notice may be combined with public notice of a hearing on an urban renewal plan or an amendment thereto.

C.  Following such hearing, the municipal governing body may designate an urban renewal area to be a tax increment allocation district if it finds that the designation of such district is necessary or desirable in achieving the objectives of one or more urban renewal or urban redevelopment projects.

Added by Laws 1983, c. 310, § 3, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.  

§1138121.  Costs of urban renewal or redevelopment projects and repayment of interest and principal interest on bonds.

Notwithstanding any other statutory provision, it is hereby stated that the costs of undertaking and carrying out urban renewal or urban redevelopment projects and the repayment of interest and principal on bonds issued under this act are valid and lawful objects to which any revenue derived from ad valorem taxes levied under subsection (a) of Section 9 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution and not apportioned for the use of school districts under subsection (a) of Section 9 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution or Section 2495 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes, may be applied.

Added by Laws 1983, c. 310, § 4, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.  

§1138122.  Certain documents to be transmitted to county clerk, assessor and treasurer  Valuation of real property.

A.  After the designation by the municipal governing body of a tax increment allocation district, the city clerk shall transmit a copy of the description of the district, a copy of the resolution or ordinance designating the district and a map or plat indicating the boundaries of the district to the clerk, assessor and treasurer of the county in which the tax increment allocation district is located.  These documents shall be transmitted as promptly as practicable following the designation of the district, but in any event on or before January 1 of the next year following the designation of the district.

B.  As soon as possible after the documents referred to in subsection A of this section have been received by the county assessor's office, the county assessor shall assess the value of all real property located in the tax increment allocation district. This assessed valuation, hereinafter referred to as the "base year net assessed valuation", shall be certified to the county clerk and the city clerk on or before July 1 of the next year following the designation of any tax increment allocation district.

Added by Laws 1983, c. 310, § 5, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.  

§1138123.  Apportionment of mileage.

For every year in which tax increment allocations are used by a city or an Urban Renewal Authority, the county excise board shall apportion to the city in which such tax increment allocation district is located, a part of the millage authorized by subsection (a) of Section 9 of Article X of the Oklahoma Constitution.  The procedure for apportioning such millage shall be as follows:

1.  Upon notice of such use by the city, the county assessor shall reassess the amount of increase from the base year net assessed valuation of real property within a tax increment allocation district and shall certify such amount to the county clerk and the county excise board before July 1 of each year.  Such amount, to the extent not already included, shall be added to the net assessed valuation of the tax increment allocation district and the total shall be referred to as the current year net assessed valuation;

2.  The county excise board shall then determine the amount to be apportioned. The procedure for determining such amount shall be as follows:

a. compute the revenue derived from the tax increment allocation district's base year net assessed valuation by multiplying the total millage levied during the prior year against the base year net assessed valuation of the tax increment allocation district,

b. compute the revenue derived from the tax increment allocation district's current year net assessed valuation by multiplying the total millage levied during the prior year against the current year net assessed valuation of the tax increment allocation district,

c. compute the incremental tax revenue of the tax increment allocation district subtracting the revenue derived from the base year net assessed valuation from the revenue derived from the current year net assessed valuation, and

d. divide the incremental tax revenue by the current year net assessed valuation of the city in which the tax increment allocation district is located.

The result represents the amount of millage to be apportioned by the county excise board to the city in which the tax increment allocation district is located;

3.  The county excise board shall then apportion such amount to the city, for use for urban renewal and urban redevelopment purposes, in accordance with Section 2495 of Title 68 of the Oklahoma Statutes, provided that in no event shall the apportionment authorized by this section exceed onehalf (1/2) mill; and

4.  Such allocations with respect to a tax increment allocation district shall terminate upon the expiration of thirty (30) years or such earlier date as may be determined by the municipality.

Added by Laws 1983, c. 310, § 6, eff. Nov. 1, 1983.  

§1139101.  Citation.

Section 39101.  This act may be cited as the Improvement District Act.

Laws 1978, c. 233, § 1, emerg. eff. April 25, 1978.  

§1139102.  Definitions.

Section 39102.  As used in the Improvement District Act, the singular includes the plural and:

1.  Acquired means the acquisition of property or interests in property by purchase, gift, condemnation or other lawful means;

2.  City means any city or town incorporated pursuant to the laws of Oklahoma;

3.  Engineer means a city engineer, city official, employee or other person competent to advise and assist the governing body in planning and making an improvement;

4.  Cost means any cost necessarily incurred in making the improvement, including but not limited to cost of:

a.  preparation of preliminary reports,

b.  preparation of plans and specifications,

c.  preparation and publication of notices of hearings, resolutions, ordinances and other proceedings,

d.  fees and expenses for engineers, attorneys, laborers and other personal services, and

e.  rightsofway, materials and other lawful expenses incurred in making any improvement;

5.  District means an area designated by the governing body to be benefited by an improvement and subjected to payment of special assessments for all or a portion of the cost of the improvement;

6.  Governing body means the city council, city commission or board of trustees of an incorporated city or town;

7.  Improve means to construct, reconstruct, maintain, restore, replace, renew, repair, install, equip, extend, purchase, alter or otherwise perform any work which provides a new facility, or enhances, extends or restores the value or usefulness of an existing facility;

8.  Improvement means any type of improvement made by authority of this Improvement District Act and includes reimprovement of any prior improvement made pursuant to any other act;

9.  Mail means by firstclass mail;

10.  Trustee means a city acting pursuant to this act;

11.  Street means any highway, street, alley, boulevard, avenue, rightofway, public ground, or other public facility, or any part thereof; and

12.  Publish or publication means printing in a newspaper which maintains an office in the city or town and is of general circulation within the city or town, or, if there is no newspaper which maintains an office in the city or town, a newspaper of general circulation within the city or town and in two (2) separate issues thereof, at least seven (7) days apart.

Laws 1978, c. 233, § 2, emerg. eff. April 25, 1978.  

§1139103.  Creation of improvement districts  Purpose  Contents.

Section 39103.  The governing body of any city may create one or more districts for the purpose of making or causing to be made any improvement or combination of improvements that confer special benefit upon property within th