Wednesday, June 8, 2016

5 Good Things About Sallisaw’s Budget

Sallisaw City Commissioners will consider approving the city’s new budget for the 2016-17 fiscal year on Thursday.

The city’s regular monthly meeting was moved from the second Monday of the month to 6 p.m. Thursday due to conflicting schedules.

The agenda includes approval of the city’s $49,866,800 budget.

City Manager Clayton Lucas said there are 5 good things to know about the city’s budget.

 Expenses for the upcoming year, including employee and benefit costs, have either remained flat or decreased over last year.

 The fiscal condition of the city remains stable with growth in several areas of revenue including sales tax, DiamondNet, grant funding and the landfill.

 The city does not have any plans to take on any new or additional debt.

 Capital improvements for the upcoming year include renovations and upgrades to Brushy Lake Park, new playground equipment, traffic signal upgrades, engineering for the North Substation, new sidewalks, landfill expansion and other equipment purchases.

 The city is actively seeking grants for a new splash pad, fire/tanker truck, airport improvements, additional sidewalks, drug prevention programs, police and fire equipment, wastewater treatment plant upgrades, additional police officers, exercise equipment and others. 

The city commissioners worked on the city budget at a budget retreat held in May

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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