Cindy Rosenthal

Water Quality and Ecology
8:16 am
Thu June 26, 2014

StateImpact: Why Norman Is The Only Oklahoma Town Where Citizens Control the Price of Water

Harold Heiple, chairman of Norman's charter review committee, addresses the city council in Norman June 17.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Norman is the only city in Oklahoma where utility rates are determined by a vote of the people — who aren’t always willing to charge themselves more for water. A proposal to change that came before the city council last week. StateImpact’s Logan Layden was there to hear the debate, and reports on the lessons other cities can glean from a more democratic, but less efficient way of setting water rates.

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