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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Council approved a $1.1 billion City budget for fiscal year 2014-2015.

$415 million of that total will go towards the General Fund budget that pays for most of the people, materials and supplies needed to keep the City running.

Officials say the budget will also add 40 new police positions, 33 of them uniformed officers.

The budget will also add positions for Development Services, Utilities, Parks, and Fire.

“We are pleased that we have been able to add 134 police positions to the department in the past four years,” City Manager Jim Couch said. “Over that time, the number of uniform officer positions has increased 12 percent.  This demonstrates City Council’s strong support for public safety.”

$1.35 million of the budget is said to go towards service enhancements to EMBARK.  The funding will help extend bus service for two routes until midnight.

The budget is guided by feedback received from a citizen survey that is conducted by the City annually. Information from the survey also helps City Council set priorities that guide the City.  Those priorities are:

  • Provide a safe and secure community
  • Maintain strong financial management
  • Promote thriving neighborhoods
  • Develop a transportation system that works for all citizens
  • Support high quality public education and community health and wellness

Officials say the new budget will take effect July 1.