City Of Tulsa Could Start Another Round Of Spending Cuts - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

City Of Tulsa Could Start Another Round Of Spending Cuts

Posted: Updated:
The city is working on next year's budget and looking at how to further scale back city services, outside of police and fire. The city is working on next year's budget and looking at how to further scale back city services, outside of police and fire.
The city has a new laundry list of pending cuts, totaling $6.2 million, much of it from a hiring freeze and delayed spending. The city has a new laundry list of pending cuts, totaling $6.2 million, much of it from a hiring freeze and delayed spending.
No one in Tulsa knows more about the city budget than City Finance Director Mike Kier, and he doesn't like what he's seeing. No one in Tulsa knows more about the city budget than City Finance Director Mike Kier, and he doesn't like what he's seeing.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

The continuing downturn in the economy is prompting new city budget cuts. Next week, the City of Tulsa could start another round of spending cuts.

No one in Tulsa knows more about the city budget than City Finance Director Mike Kier, and he doesn't like what he's seeing.

"We actually didn't have a year to year decline in sales tax until last month, our February check was actually smaller than the year before," Kier said.

That change is prompting city hall to take yet another look at cutbacks.

Kier said Tulsa city government is feeling the delayed effects of the drop in oil prices.

"And so the decline in the price of oil means there's less business taking place, you're seeing layoffs in that industry and that means fewer dollars being spent," he said.

The city has a new laundry list of pending cuts, totaling $6.2 million, much of it from a hiring freeze and delayed spending.

Departments like computer services, parks and engineering stand out for major cuts, but there are dozens of smaller cuts citywide.

Kier said he thinks next year will be much worse than this year because the economy and sales tax may not have yet hit bottom.

“I think trying to gauge how far down we'll go is always a challenge. While we know it's declining, we don't yet know where that bottom will be,” said Kier.

Meanwhile, the city is working on next year's budget and looking at how to further scale back city services, outside of police and fire.

____________________________________________________________________________________________

Current List of Planned Cuts:

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.