Trimmed down Tulsa city budget

Thursday, May 2nd 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa's new mayor says money is tight, but the city is not so poor it can't afford to mow the grass and keep the lights on.

In presenting a proposed budget for next year, Mayor Bill LaFortune says public safety cannot be cut - and to protect it, he'll ask other city employees to take some days off without pay - he says employees suggested it.

If not enough do it voluntarily - LaFortune says some involuntary furloughs might be ordered. The proposed budget for next year is nearly $501-million - $13-million less than the current, pared down budget.

The council has to approve a budget before the new fiscal year starts July 1st.