Tulsa City Councilor GT Bynum filed a request through the Oklahoma Open Records Act to see e-mails sent between Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and members of the city finance department.
Bynum says he and other councilors are just trying to understand how the mayor and his staff come up with the revenue estimates that play a huge part in forming the city budget.
“It’s been a couple of weeks and we’ve received no response.” Bynum told KRMG.
Bynum said the finance director told him that the request would probably not be fulfilled until after the council votes on the budget. That didn’t sit well with Bynum, he says, because this budget was put together by the same team that did the last budget and missed the mark by about $3 million.
“And now we’re being asked to again trust the revenue projections that have been developed by those very same people with no understanding of how they assembled them.” Bynum continued.
Mayor Bartlett told KRMG if they wanted answers, they should’ve just asked.
“There’s no reason to go through this convoluted request for e-mail process.” Bartlett said. “If they want to go through this process, it’s going to take a while.” The mayor continued.
Bynum’s request has tabled a discussion between councilors and the mayor about putting a police pay dispute up to a vote of the people.