Stillwater News Press

May 14, 2013

City budget proposal maintains staff levels

By Chris Day
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Stillwater councilors continued examining the proposed $105.3 million city budget Monday night.

The fiscal year 2013-2014 budget must be approved before July 1. Councilors will be able to ask additional questions at Monday’s meeting and expect to set a public hearing date for the budget at that meeting.

The proposed budget will top out at $105.3 million, up from $98.9 million in the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget, City Manager Dan Galloway said.

The general fund budget is $97 million, up from $92.7 million this year. Budgets supported by restricted use revenues — sales tax revenues earmarked by voters for street improvements — increase the proposed city budget to the $105.3 million.

The budget proposal doesn’t include hiring additional city employees, Galloway said. The city will be able to fill vacant positions.

“We plan to maintain current staffing levels,” he said.

Mayor John Bartley questioned a $200,000 dip in developmental services personnel costs.

Galloway explained the cost of developmental services mapping employees had been placed in the information technology budget. It is a better fit because the mapping personnel were more technology oriented and less related to building inspection and city planning.

Bartley and councilor Joe Weaver questioned Gallaway and Stillwater Utility Authority Director Dan Blankenship about the city’s 200-vehicle fleet.

The authority needs to replace one of its trucks that digs holes and installs utility polls. It plans to finance the purchase, Blankenship said. The vehicle will cost $216,000 and annual finance charges will be approximately $11,000.