Layoffs and pay cuts in Tulsa's new city budget

Friday, May 2nd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

The city of Tulsa will have a much leaner budget for the next fiscal year. That means less pay for city employees and even job cuts.

Mayor Bill LaFortune unveiled his budget to the city council Thursday night. It amounts to $485-million. While that sounds like a lot, the general fund, where most city salaries come from is $15-million less this year. That means 30 city employees could be laid off. The mayor also wants 2% salary cuts for all city employees who make more than $25,000 a year.

Bo McElhattan, Tulsa city employee "That pay cut really hurts. I was scraping by to begin with and now it is going to hit us again. It is hard times, it is."

Tulsa Police and Firefighters will also be asked to take pay cuts. But since they are union employees under contract, they'll have to agree.

The council has two months to look at the proposed budget.