Council Asks Public for Opinion On Police Pay Raise Election
They cast votes on a regular basis, but this one is a doozy. Asked by the mayor to call a special election on a police pay raise, the council has in turn asked the public to vote, online, to get a feel for what they should do.
"Over 90% are saying don't take it to a vote to the people," said Tulsa city councilor Arianna Moore.
As of Wednesday evening, over 2,000 people said don't do it versus the roughly 200 who said yes. Does the poll hold weight with the council?
"Of course, it matters a lot to us what the citizens have to say, in fact it matters the most to us what the citizens have to say," said Tulsa city councilor Blake Ewing.
And while Ewing has yet to determine his stance on the topic, other councilors are showing their cards.
"I personally support the Fraternal Order of Police because of the savings of the money," said Tulsa city councilor Jeannie Cue.
"I think that the arbitrator has ruled we ought to stick with what the arbitrator has said," said Tulsa city councilor Jack Henderson.
On top of that says councilor Moore, if they approved the special election, for the police, it'd be a morale killer.
"Yeah, I think that if we took it to a vote of the people I think a lot of our officers would lose a lot of faith in the system that they have in place," she said.
Needless to say, the police union is pleased with the results of the council's online poll.
"It's not a surprise but we're very pleased the citizens are already standing with us," said FOP President Clay Ballenger.
To vote or not to vote? All eyes will be on the council tomorrow night, which leaves plenty of time for you to cast your vote.
"Have you weighed in? Not personally, have you? No I haven't weighed in either. After this we'll go vote together," smiled councilor Ewing.