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Mayor Presents Proposed FY20 City of Tulsa Budget

This article was archived on 6/29/2019

Mayor G.T. Bynum presented the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 - 2020 budget to the Tulsa City Council this evening focusing on public safety, community development, improving compensation for employees and tripling the Rainy Day Fund, the City’s economic stabilization reserve.

The total proposed budget is $845.8 million, which includes all city funds, operations and capital funding from Improve Our Tulsa and Vision Tulsa. The general fund, which funds most core services and operations, is projected to have $289.8 million in revenue.

“This budget follows through on the goals established by the City Council and me: more cops so we can truly implement community policing, better compensation so we can recruit and retain the best public servants and cash reserves to protect against the inevitable financial downturn. It illuminates and cleans up our neighborhoods, and it makes Tulsa more business friendly,” Mayor G.T. Bynum said.

The City expects modest growth in the general fund for the upcoming fiscal year, but meaningful investments were made possible by department leadership, which allowed for the reallocation of resources for compensation and benefit increases, including starting pay increases for new employees within the fire and police departments and at least a 10 percent increase for labor and trades employees.

For the Fire Department, the starting pay for new firefighters will increase to meet the average peer-city starting pay. New officers within the Tulsa Police Department will receive starting pay that matches the Oklahoma City Police Department. These efforts are expected to help on the recruiting front for both departments.

Budget highlights:

The Tulsa City Council will review and discuss the Mayor’s proposed budget and must approve a budget for the upcoming fiscal year at least seven days prior to June 30, the end of the City’s fiscal year. After the budget has been approved, Fiscal Year 19 -20 will begin July 1.

Mayor Bynum’s budget speech and the proposed FY20 budget can be found online at: www.cityoftulsa.org/budget/

Mayor Bynum's Budget Presentation Speech | PowerPoint Presentation