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City Council to discuss and take action on FY20 operating budget this Monday

May 17, 2019

STILLWATER, Okla. (May 17, 2019) - The Stillwater City Council will discuss and take action on a resolution of the City of Stillwater to adopt an operating budget for fiscal year 2019-20 at their regular meeting on Monday, May 20.

Acting as trustees for the Stillwater Utilities Authority, Stillwater Economic Development Authority, and the Stillwater Public Works Authority, the councilors will also discuss and take action on similar resolutions for these respective authorities.

Residents can read the resolutions and the planned operating budgets at http://stillwater.org/agenda.

The meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room at the Stillwater Municipal Building at 723 S. Lewis St.

Residents who would like to speak on these agenda items or other agenda items not scheduled for public comment should fill out a request to speak form before the meeting.

Residents can fill out the form online by 3 p.m. the day of the meeting. A link to the form and more is at http://stillwater.org/agenda.

Forms are also available to fill out in person before the meeting in the lobby outside the Council Hearing Room.

Residents who cannot attend the meeting in person can watch a live broadcast on Suddenlink channel 14 and AT&T U-verse channel 99.

The meeting will also stream via YouTube Live at https://www.youtube.com/c/CityofStillwaterTV/live.


Budget Input

From January to March 2019, the City of Stillwater encouraged residents to submit their FY20 budget recommendations through the City’s Balancing Act online simulation tool, which allows users to submit a plan by making changes to revenues and expenditures.

The City received 188 total simulation submissions and over 1,000 views of the Balancing Act website during this period.

Based on the results, the top three average expense items increased on the simulation were:

·         Streets, Stormwater and Grounds Maintenance (average increase of $828,240 among submitted reports)

·         Transportation Sales Tax (average increase of $731,351 among submitted reports)

·         Recreation (average increase of $637,411 among submitted reports)

The top three average expense items decreased on the simulation were:

·         Police (average decrease of $867,512 among submitted reports)

·         Management and Support (average decrease of $294,144 among submitted reports)

·         Streets, Stormwater and Grounds Maintenance (average decrease of $214,222 among submitted reports)

>> See all of the results from the Balancing Act FY20 public input

City staff and City Council reviewed the input from the submissions when preparing the proposed FY20 budget.

The planned FY20 operating budget includes the following funding for improvements that mirror the priorities as reflected through our Balancing Act feedback:

·         Pool and neighborhood park improvements (Recreation): $185,000

·         Stormwater Master Plan (Streets, Stormwater and Grounds Maintenance): $500,000

·         Street improvements (Streets, Stormwater and Grounds Maintenance): $1 million

Additionally, the FY20 Half-Penny Sales Tax for the Transportation Improvement Fund includes around $4 million for the Pavement Management Program.

Stillwater City Council also re-prioritized $9 million for street projects during FY19.

Council and city staff will also look to residents for their input on transportation projects and topics during the Transportation Town Hall Monday, June 10. The town hall will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room. Learn more about this event at http://stillwater.org/news/view/id/374

Learn more about the Balancing Act simulation tool and other engagement tools and opportunities at http://stillwater.org/engage

 

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