Edmond council expected to approve budget May 29

A public hearing was held this week on the city of Edmond's proposed $223.6 million budget and five-year financial plan. Council members are expected to approve the budget May 29.
by Diana Baldwin Published: May 19, 2012
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— City council members made few suggestions on the proposed $223.6 million budget and five-year financial plan during a public hearing this week.

They are expected to approve the fiscal year 2012-13 budget at their May 29 meeting. The new fiscal year begins July 1.

Six new full-time positions are included in the proposed budget. Edmond has added only three positions in the last three years, said City Manager Larry Stevens.

“We have been responsible in adding very few full-time positions to our city organization in the recent years associated with the economic downturn,” Stevens said.

Three of the employees would be custodial positions in the facility maintenance department. The new employees would replace a private service to do that work.

“The money that would have been paid to the contractual service will be used to offset approximately 87 percent of the cost of the salaries and benefits for these positions,” said Anita Breen, the city's human resources director.

Other hires suggested are a code enforcement officer, an administration specialist for public works and a customer service representative in finance.

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 all evaluations coming due on July 1.

The adjustments are intended to make up for employees who would normally get a step raise on July 1, but must now wait until their anniversary, which might be six to 11 months later in the fiscal year. Eligible employees could also get a 2.5 percent step raise.


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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