Public budget hearing is set for Norman City Council's consideration

A public hearing on a proposed budget for the 2013 fiscal year is on the Norman City Council's agenda Tuesday.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Published: May 22, 2012
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The city council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on the city's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building's council chambers, 201 W Gray St.

The proposed budget lists expenditures of about $204.1 million and is about $45 million more than the previous year's budget, Norman Finance Director Anthony Francisco said. Most of the increase is due to increased costs for capital improvements in the wastewater and water departments, he said.

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

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

The council will vote on the budget at its June 5 city council meeting.

Residents may examine the budget between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at city hall. Copies are available for inspection at the Norman Public Library and on the city's website, www.cityofnorman.com.

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
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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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