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Edmond begins at $231 million budget process

City council members have begun looking at the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. Residents will have to go back four years to find a larger budget.
by Diana Baldwin Published: May 18, 2013
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“We believe this year's growth is somewhat of an anomaly resulting from a couple of factors, and we have no intention of moving away from our long-term conservative approach to revenue forecasting, which continues to serve this organization well,” Stevens said.

City staff members are recommending the addition of seven new full-time positions by hiring new employees or through reorganization.

Among the new employees are a vehicle maintenance technician, two traffic management center operators, a civilian bailiff and warrant officer for the police department and a support service tech for fire administration.

If the new positions are approved, the city would have 699 full-time employees.

Since July 1, human resource employees have processed 2,083 applicants for full-time jobs. About 470 of those applications were for nine firefighter jobs.

The proposed budget does not include across-the-board raises. City staff members are negotiating with the police and fire unions and said they don't intend to include salary increases for nonunion employees until union negotiations are completed.

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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