The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday passed the city manager’s budget for fiscal year 2023, which begins July 1.
Visit okc.gov/budget to view the budget book.
The City’s total budget for FY2023 is approximately $1.8 billion, an increase of $141.6 million from the amended FY22 budget.
The main driver of growth is the MAPS 4 program fund, which increased by $131.6 million to $250.4 million.
The General Fund, which pays for day-to-day operations, is budgeted at $557.3 million, an increase of $57.1 million (11.4%) from FY22. The high level of growth is attributed to the extraordinary growth in sales tax in the current fiscal year. year.
The budget includes funding for 4,989 full-time positions, an increase of 123 positions (2.5%) over the FY22 total.
Adds 18 fire stations, four civilian stations and funds $23.5 million in equipment replacement.
Adds eight civilian accident investigation positions, five 911 dispatchers, two senior crime scene investigators, two senior crime analysts, two emergency management positions, two grant-funded community relations coordinators, one administrator, a licensed professional counsellor, a chaplain, a FACT program coordinator and increases the size of the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). It is also fully funding the equipment replacement at $25.8 million. Funding to implement the recommendations of the Law Enforcement Police Task Force and the Community Policing Task Force is included in the non-departmental budget.
Adds four pothole repair positions, adds eight positions in various sections such as plan review, drainage engineering and street reconstruction, and contracts out utility repairs (employees in this section will be transferred to vacant positions within the department). These initiatives result in a net reduction of 17 positions without reducing service levels.
Adds four animal welfare positions and three development center positions. The Subdivision and Zoning division and its seven employees move to the Urban Planning Department.
Adds a position to coordinate grant applications under the Infrastructure Act and an overall planning position. The department will conduct a request for proposals for outreach services for the homeless in FY23 in response to recommendations from the Homelessness Task Force and the Enforcement Policy Task Force. law. Seven subdivision and zoning staff will move from Development Services to Planning.
Public transport and parking
Adds three City-funded positions and 24 COTPA-funded positions for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), five parking enforcement positions, and one network administrator. $600,000 is also added to cover higher fuel costs.
Adds 12 customer service positions, two garbage collector positions and 10 positions in various divisions. It also adds $800,000 to cover higher chemical costs at water treatment plants.
Parks and recreation
Adds two irrigation technician positions, funds for contract mowing of medians and rights-of-way, a recreation coordinator and a management specialist. Due to contract mowing, an improved mowing frequency is expected in the parks, and the parks are creating a trail maintenance team and a sports field equipment maintenance team. The budget includes staffing for the Willa D. Johnson Center.
City Manager’s Office
Adds an inclusion and diversity position, a special events permit position, a marketing coordinator, an accountant at MAPS and a special projects manager. Funding for the implementation of the recommendations of the human rights working group is included in the non-departmental budget.
Adds seven positions for a fire station renovation crew, a fleet services writer, a building maintenance mechanic, and $1 million to cover higher fuel costs.
Adds three utility-funded positions to support their systems as well as a governance, risk and compliance program manager. It also adds two security positions, an inventory technician, and $1.3 million to cover higher software costs.
Finance is adding three accountant positions, the City Auditor is adding an Audit Manager, HR is adding an Employee and Labor Relations Manager, and the City Councilman’s Office is adding an Economic Development Lawyer and a Litigation Lawyer, and municipal courts add two quality control coordinators.
Law Enforcement Policy Task Force, Community Policing Task Force, Homelessness Task Force and Human Rights Commission
$2.4 million is allocated to implement the recommendations of these groups, which includes a professional mental health response to some police calls.
Museum of the First Americans
Includes $1 million for operations funding in addition to the $2 million contributed by the Chickasaw Nation.
Increases funding from $118.8 million to $250.4 million.
Maintaining $58 million for the implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
Oklahoma City’s main source of revenue is sales tax, which pays for daily services. Every time you shop in Oklahoma City or buy something online, you’re investing in your community.
The city gets 4.125% of taxable sales made in Oklahoma City, or when Oklahoma City residents buy something online. Of this amount, 2.25% goes to the General Fund, which pays for current operations. About half to two-thirds of the general fund is for public safety – our police and fire departments.
Police and fire departments also have a dedicated public safety sales tax of ¾ of a cent. The Zoo OKC gets 1/8th of a cent, and finally there is the temporary MAPS 4penny sales tax.
The City also receives approximately 13% of your total property tax bill. Our share is used to repay general bond bonds that we use for bond projects under the Better Streets, Safer City program. This funds the improvement of streets, parks, police and fire facilities and other needs for the next few years. Check them out at okc.gov/BetterSafer. The rest of your property tax goes elsewhere – public schools, libraries, vocational schools and the county government.
The hotel tax imposed on stays in hotel rooms is the only other significant source of tax revenue for the City. It is dedicated to promoting tourism and improving the fixed assets of the OKC Exhibition Center.
The City also derives revenue from franchise fees, building permits, business licenses, fines, service changes and fees. Visit okc.gov/tax for an overview of our revenues.
The budget is guided by feedback received from an annual resident survey. Information from the survey also helps the city council set priorities. These priorities are:
- Promote safe, secure and prosperous neighborhoods.
- Develop a transportation system that works for all residents.
- Maintain strong financial management.
- Improve recreation opportunities and community well-being.
- Encourage a strong local economy.
- Maintain high standards for all City services.
- Continue to pursue social and criminal justice reforms.
The Council also uses a five-year forecast, which includes an economic outlook presented by Dr. Russell Evans, an economist at Oklahoma City University. The forecast helps assess Oklahoma City’s economy, financial condition, and operating expenses.
Hearings on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2023 began May 3, with a budget overview and proposed budget submissions from the fire department and police department.
Presentations for Parks and Recreation, Development Services, Planning and Public Transportation, and Parking were held on May 17 and Public Works, Utilities and Airports presented their proposed budgets on May 31.
Residents were invited to submit their comments on the budget online and by text between May 3 and June 5. These comments were presented to Council on June 7th.
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