Opp eyes $6.6M budget

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The City of Opp introduced its proposed $6.65 million budget Monday night, which is significantly lower than last year’s approved budget.

For 2010-11, the council approved an $8.5 million budget, but the actual budget was only $6.3 million.

Act-ual tax revenues, including property, beer, gas, sales tax and oil production were down, as well as other receipts such as police miscellaneous receipts.

Highlights of the budget expenses included:

• $359,100 for the administrative department, including salaries, insurance, elections and more. The number is down from the last year’s actual budget of $361,000;

• $70,600 for city hall public buildings;

• $1.5 million for the police department, including $922,725 in salaries and $50,000 to feed and house prisoners;

• $397,050 for the fire department, with $204,000 in salaries;

• $712,000 for street department expenses, including $312,000 for salaries;

• $205,325 for the sanitation department;

• $111,850 for the judicial department;

• $83,150 for shop-related expenses;

• $119,650 for the library;

• $315,475 for parks and recreation;

• $160,650 for senior citizens expenses; and

• $134,800 for the Rattlesnake Rodeo.

Total expenses budgeted total $6.04 million. Big purchase projects include $50,000 for the Custom Collar expansion, $298,000 for an industrial access road and $50,000 for Depot expenses.

Since the budget proposed was completed early Monday, the council voted to table it until each member could look at it in detail.

“We will continue to operate on the current budget until everyone has a chance to look at it,” Mayor H.D. Edgar said. “We will vote on it at our next meeting.”