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15 Edmond social and community agencies to get $838,500

Edmond City Council members approved $78,000 more to 15 social and community enrichment agencies during the upcoming fiscal year, which begins Monday. The funding totals $838,500 for fiscal year 2013-14.
by Diana Baldwin Published: June 26, 2013

A new allocation this year is $50,000 to supplement funding of Citylink's paratransit program, which provides free curb-to-curb service that will enable disabled residents to be picked up and driven to appointments within the city limits of Edmond on a wheelchair accessible bus.

This is the first time funding for the service has been requested because of projected federal cuts for the citywide bus services.

The system started almost five years ago and includes four local routes, one express route to and from Oklahoma City that runs 12 times a day, and the on-demand paratransit service. Ridership has increased by almost 300 percent since it started.

Next year's Citylink budget is set at more than $1.7 million.

“Our staff has been very successful in taking advantage of all available grant funding to help leverage the total program costs,” City Manager Larry Stevens said. “Part of the funding problem involves grant programs that we have relied upon are now either being targeted for elimination or having their federal allocations significantly reduced over the next couple of years.”

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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