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Oklahoma City Council receives proposed budget for fiscal year 2019

Post Date:05/01/2018 2:14 PM

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday received the City Manager’s proposed $1.56 billion budget for fiscal year 2019, which begins July 1.   

The General Fund budget, which pays for most day-to-day City services, is proposed at $460 million – a 10.8 percent increase from the current fiscal year’s amended budget.

The increase is primarily due to the permanent ¼ cent sales tax voters approved in September as part of the Better Streets, Safer City program. Modest underlying growth in sales tax revenue has also returned, following a brief contraction.

The proposed budget includes a net increase of 36 authorized City staff positions, up by 0.8 percent to a total of 4,803 employees.

“Fiscal year 2019 may prove to be an important bridge year as we have moved out of the regional recession and are in a time of growth,” said City Manager Jim Couch. “The next several years hold many significant milestones for the City as we deliver on the commitments to our residents to improve transportation options and the quality of our roads, enhance public safety, and put bold new projects like Scissortail Park, the Oklahoma City Streetcar, the new convention center and the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum into operation. We have strong momentum in Oklahoma City and we want to continue that into the future.”

Public safety makes up 64.1 percent of the general fund, followed by public services at 18.4 percent, culture and recreation at 9.4 percent and general government at 8.2 percent.

Sales tax is the largest single source of revenue for the City, making up 50.5 percent of operating revenue. For FY 2019, the City is projecting sales tax growth of 3 percent.

Two more budget review sessions will he held during the May 15 and May 29 City Council meetings. Residents will have the opportunity to address the Council about the budget during those meetings and on June 5, when the budget is scheduled for adoption. The City’s new fiscal year begins July 1. 

The budget is guided by feedback received from a resident survey conducted by the City annually. Information from the survey also helps the City Council set priorities. Those priorities are:

  • Promote safe, secure and thriving neighborhoods.
  • Develop a transportation system that works for all residents.
  • Maintain strong financial management.
  • Enhance recreational opportunities and community wellness.
  • Engage a robust local economy.
  • Uphold high standards for all City services.
  • Continue to pursue social and criminal justice initiatives.

You can review the proposed budget book online at okc.gov. You can also download and watch the overview presentation from Tuesday’s Council meeting.

The budget sessions are aired live on City Channel 20 and the City’s YouTube channel, where the videos are then posted for viewing.

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Media Contact
Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550 / (405) 863-2831
kristy.yager@okc.gov

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