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Norman City Council gets look at proposed budget

Norman City Council members this week got a look at City Manager Steve Lewis' proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: April 21, 2012

City Manager Steve Lewis has presented a $200 million-plus budget to city council members for consideration for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The budget is more than last year's but remains “lean and mean,” Finance Director Anthony Francisco said.

The proposed budget of $204.1 million is about $45 million more than the previous year's budget of just over $160 million, but Francisco said most of the increase is due to increased costs for capital improvements in the wastewater and water departments.

The budget maintains current staffing levels and includes no cost-of-living raises, Francisco said. It does include merit raises and longevity pay.

“While $204 million sounds like a big number, for a city our size it is relatively small. An average budget for a city our size would be about $280 million, so ours is pretty lean and mean.”

Francisco reviewed the proposed budget with city council members in a study session Tuesday. The general fund portion of the proposed budget is about $71.3 million. The city's main operating expenses are paid out of the general fund.

The proposal is based on a predicted 4.25 percent growth in sales tax revenue, based on historic growth patterns, Francisco said.

The main source of revenue for the general fund is city sales tax. Other sources are state use tax, franchise tax, and fines and forfeitures.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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