NORMAN — 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.
In other business
The council Tuesday also will consider a proposed $1.5 million contract with Carollo Engineers for Phase 2 work on an expansion and rehabilitation project at the water treatment plant.
Also on the agenda is a rezoning request from the Walmart Real Estate Business Trust for the northeast corner of 36th Avenue NW and Rock Creek Road for construction of a grocery store and gas station. The request is to rezone from agriculture use to commercial use.
Council members also will consider a request from Elsey Partners to place property between Boyd Street and McCullough Street and between Monnett Avenue and the railroad tracks in a special planning area.
The business group is considering building a large, student-oriented apartment project in the neighborhood, which is adjacent to the University of Oklahoma.