Teacher pay raise initiative lacks sufficient signatures, falls short in Oklahoma City
An initiative petition drive aiming to enact a local income tax for teacher pay raises fell short of the required number of valid signatures, a preliminary review by the Oklahoma City Clerk's office shows.
The review began Nov. 9 after initiative petition organizers turned turned in boxes filled with signature sheets. Clerk Frances Kersey's office had until 5 p.m. Monday to issue her preliminary determination.
The count will become final Thursday after city staff double-checks the initiative petition's signature pages for accuracy.
Kersey said each signature page will be logged in a spreadsheet, and the log and notations on the signature pages will list the reason or reasons why a signature was found to be "not legally sufficient."
Organizers needed 11,991 "legally sufficient" signatures to trigger a public vote. They turned in 16,998, Kersey's office said.
The preliminary review shows 9,090 of the signatures were valid, falling nearly 3,000 short of the required number.