Tulsa leaders meeting to discuss budget issues

Posted at 1:48 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 18:27:33-04

The City of Tulsa is needing to cut $8.5 million dollars from the city's current budget. The city announced the budget gap earlier this month, which was significantly larger than the previous projection. 

The city council has been presented with proposals of where many departments can cut between five to 10 percent of their individual budgets.

The proposal was prepared by the Tulsa's finance department. 

Some of the most significants cuts include saving $1.1 million dollars in the computer services department. More than $300,000 alone could be saved by delaying a Microsoft Exchange serve upgrade, which deals with the city's email system.

Another $830,000 of cuts could be made within the Tulsa's parks system. Upkeep and projects would be delayed, while seven currently vacant positions would be frozen. 

A hold would also be placed on hiring in several other departments, but the proposal from the finance department doesn't list any large layoffs or furloughs. 

The city council, the finance department and department leaders are expected to meet at 2 p.m. Thursday to discuss the city's budget and proposed cuts. 2 Works For You will be at that meeting and will update this story.

A complete list of the proposed budget cuts can be found here.



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