In rejecting the proposals, voters sent the message that there was something about the package of products city officials offered that they didn't like, Bartley said. Now, city leaders will need to sit down with community members and find out why the bond issue failed.
“I plan to regroup and get these leaders back together,” he said.
The city is working to establish new, more effective ways of communicating with residents, Bartley said. City officials held a Twitter town hall last week, he said, and he hopes to hold more events like it in the future.
“Communication is a two-way street,” he said.
Mustang bond issue
Voters in the Mustang school district passed a $750,000 transportation bond issue while voting down a $4.05 million bond issue for construction.
Mustang Superintendent Sean McDaniel said the district plans to use funding from the smaller bond issue to buy six new school buses to replace aging buses in the district's fleet. The district will also buy two buses to serve special needs students and two vans.
“We're thrilled that that passed,” he said.
Norman sewer rates
Norman voters approved an increase in sewer rates that officials say will help fund state-mandated improvements to the city's wastewater treatment plant and increase its capacity. That measure increases the base rate from $3.90 to $5 a month and the user rate from $1.60 to $2.70 for every 1,000 gallons of water used.
Voters in the Crutcho school district approved a $980,000 bond issue by a vote of 5-0. District officials plan to use that money for construction and remodeling projects and to buy furniture and fixtures.
Voters in the Deer Creek Fire Protection District elected Bonita M. Morris to the district's board of directors with 55 percent of the vote.