Oklahoma City Council readies for budget vote next week

The Oklahoma City Council sat through its final proposed departmental budget workshop Tuesday as it prepares to vote next week on the fiscal year 2013 budget. Proposed budgets for the airports, information technology and development services were presented to the council this week.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: June 6, 2012
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The Oklahoma City Council is poised to decide on the city's budget for next year after the final finance workshop before next week's scheduled vote.

Council members sat through their third proposed department budget presentation Tuesday, focusing on the budgets for the airports, information technology and development services departments. The Development Services Department includes city operations such as code enforcement and the animal shelter.

Like other areas of city government, the proposed budgets for those departments in fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, have increased slightly thanks to increased city tax revenues fueled by economic growth in the region. The proposed city budget of $952 million next year is about $33 million bigger than last year's.

Much of the increase in the budgets for most departments comes in the form of new jobs intended to meet the needs of growing Oklahoma City. Airports Department Director Mark Kranenburg said his department, for example, could use its own plumber as more passengers move through Will Rogers World Airport than ever before, and save money in the process.

“We spent about $200,000 (last year) on outsourcing plumber (work),” Kranenburg said. “We can save $150,000 of that if we bring it in-house, and have more timely service.”

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By the numbers

OKC municipal budget

Figures from the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget for Oklahoma City's airports, information technology and development services departments. All numbers are rounded.

Airports

• $96 million: Proposed budget.

• $1 million: Annual cost to city of utility payments at Will Rogers World Airport.

• 25 percent: Approximate percentage of work orders at other city airports related to mowing grass and weeds.

Development services

• $16 million: Proposed budget.

• $4 million: Animal Welfare Division budget.

• $3 million: Annual cost of construction inspection.

Information technology

• $31 million: Proposed budget.

• $900,000: Annual cost of information technology security.

• $4 million: Annual cost of public safety communications support.

Source: City of Oklahoma City

We spent about $200,000 (last year) on outsourcing plumber (work). We can save $150,000 of that if we bring it in-house, and have more timely service.”

Mark Kranenburg

Airports Department director

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