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Oklahoma City Council to consider public works, utilities and parks budgets

The Oklahoma City Council meets Tuesday to consider the fiscal year 2013 budgets for the city public works, utilities and parks departments. The council is set to vote on the budget next month.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Staff Writer Published: May 22, 2012

The part of the proposed Oklahoma City budget for the next fiscal year that involves the annual chief complaint from city residents — the condition of city streets — is up for discussion Tuesday in the latest city council budget meeting.

The council meets Tuesday for the second of three workshops to study individual department budgets. The council discussed the public safety and parking budget May 8 and are scheduled to discuss the development services, information technology and airports budgets June 5, with the final vote on the budget set for June 12.

The proposed budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1, is about $952 million, with economic growth in the city fueling a rise from about $919 million this year.

Streets up next

A survey of city residents is part of the genesis of every city budget, along with policy guidance from the council. And every survey shows that the condition of streets in sprawling Oklahoma City is a chief complaint of those who live here.

The Public Works Department proposed budget is a hefty $68 million for 2013, which is smaller only than the police and fire budgets, according to city budget documents.

And in a reflection of residents' desire for improvement of city streets, 14 of the 85 new city jobs included in the proposed budget are for public works.

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