Edmond City Council will vote on budget Tuesday

The 2012-2013 fiscal year budget will be considered by the Edmond City Council Tuesday.
by Diana Baldwin Published: May 26, 2012
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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.

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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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