LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -The proposed budget for the City of Lawton next year includes an increase in the utility bill, as well as an increase in fees at the landfill.
The Lawton City Council formally began the process of building the budget during a special session Wednesday afternoon at City Hall. City Manager Jerry Ihler proposed a 3.5 percent hike in the water bill, along with the removal of 23 full time positions. Additionally, the city would add nine police officers, 12 firefighters and four full time positions; it would add a total of two more full time employees.
Ihler said there won't be any layoffs connected with that. These are positions that are vacant, and were identified as the least impactful on citizen services. The budget also includes a $250,000 increase in the street division.
"Council has asked us to go back and look at that and see if we can have an additional person for that division, as well as another hot patch truck for pot holes and so forth," Ihler said.
The budget also includes, as proposed, an increase in the drainage maintenance fee on the utility bill, which would be used for mosquito fogging. The City Council will meet again Wednesday, May 11, afternoon on the budget. They've also set a public forum for people to provide their input on May 24.
You can read the proposed budget here.