EDMOND — Edmond city council members will consider a proposed $223.9 million budget and five-year financial plan when they meet Tuesday.
The meeting is regularly on Mondays, but was scheduled for Tuesday because of the Memorial Day holiday. The council meets at 5:30 p.m. at 20 S Littler Ave.
Fiscal year 2012-13 begins July 1.
Only a few changes were made in the budget after a May 17 workshop with council members, department officials and representatives of 13 Edmond social agencies.
City Finance Director Ross VanderHamm said the budget has increased about $300,000 from the original proposal.
“There were some pluses and minuses,” VanderHamm said.
If the budget is approved, Edmond will add six full-time positions. City Manager Larry Stevens said the city has only added three positions in the last three years.
Nonunion employees will get a 3 percent salary adjustment for the next fiscal year because staff evaluations will now be done on the worker's anniversary date instead of doing all evaluations and awarding of step raises on July 1.
The 3 percent salary adjustment is for the benefit of employees who would normally get a step raise July 1 but must now wait until their employment anniversary, which might be six to 11 months later in the fiscal year. Eligible employees also could get a 2.5 percent step raise.
A 3 percent revenue growth has been included in the proposed budget. City leaders estimate the city will receive almost $53 million in sales tax revenue.
Edmond's city sales tax rate next fiscal year will be 3.75 percent because voters approved a half-cent increase to fund a new public safety center. City officials project the half-cent increase will bring in more than $7 million.
The city experienced 14 percent and 12 percent growth between 2000 and 2002. But in 2009-2010, sales tax collections dropped 5.49 percent below what had been projected, due to the economic downturn.
City officials have said Edmond is seeing better times now. They believe Edmond's growth will remain at between 3 and 5 percent, figures they have been calling “a new economic reality.”