OKC Budget talks

The Oklahoma City council is in the process of reviewing a proposed budget for the next fiscal year that would see a 2.38 percent increase in spending.

“While the economy has slowed, we are still growing and I believe the FY16 budget is a prudent and balanced plan that focuses resources in the areas of greatest need,” City Manager Jim Couch said. “The addition of 46 public safety positions and enhancements in Council’s priority areas will allow us to continue our forward progress in FY16.”

The proposed budget includes 26 new police officers and 21 new fire officials. Total city positions would increase 1.5 percent under the proposed budget.

Budget presentations will be made during the May 26 and June 9 city council meetings. The budget is scheduled for adoption on June 16, and the city’s new fiscal year begins July 1.

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