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City leaders: 39 positions will be eliminated under proposed budget cuts

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials say they are moving ahead with a proposal to cut $9.2 million from Oklahoma City’s budget.

The Oklahoma City Council will consider the proposal during its Dec. 6 meeting.

Officials say city sales tax revenue has fallen every month this fiscal year, and is expected to fall 2.6 percent this year instead of growing, like it was projected.

Of the $9.2 million that would be cut, city leaders say $4.4 million would come from the General Fund. The General Fund pays for day-to-day services like the police department, the fire department, street maintenance, code enforcement and animal welfare.

Officials say 39 positions will likely be cut:

  • 3 from Development Services
  • 7 from Parks and Recreation
  • 15 uniformed Police Department positions
  • 3 civilian Police Department positions
  • 5 from Public Works
  • 6 from other departments.

City leaders say 11 of the uniformed police positions are vacant right now, and the other four are elementary school resource officers. Officials believe they will be assigned to other duties.