City budget hearing set for Tuesday

Mustang residents have the chance to let their voices be heard at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mustang Municipal Building, 1501 N. Mustang Rd.
Citizens will be able to ask questions or voice their concerns about the proposed budget before Council members have their chance to vote for or against approving it.
The City of Mustang expects to have a balanced budget for the first time in seven years with City Manager Tim Rooney’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year.
The $21.9 million budget proposal projects a $2 million ending fund balance.
The proposed budget projects a .5 percent increase in sales tax revenue, which Rooney said is a conservative projection.
The city has experienced a 1.9 percent increase in sales tax collections this year. This contrasts to most surrounding cities, where sale tax collections are down.
“People are staying in Mustang to shop,” Rooney previously said during the first of two budget meetings. “Although this is good news, we’re nervous about counting on the 1.9 percent, so we’re budgeting less.”
Mustang is also expecting some additional revenue because it began receiving sales tax from Amazon on March 1.
The budget calls for adding one police officer and one firefighter. These are among the enhancements due to the 13-year renewal of the fourth penny of sales tax that voters approved in August.
The major capital improvements will be widening of portions of Sara Road, Mustang Road and southwest 89th Street.
Works will continue on Brittany’s Play Adventure at the Town Center. As well as an expansion of the Town Center that includes two new gyms and an aerobics room.
The city will also continue expansion of its sewer plant and make improvements to a water tower.
The budget also calls for a 3 percent merit pay increase for employees.
To find out more about the budget by viewing the PowerPoint presented to Council members, reading a message with more information from Rooney or reviewing questions and answers about the budget presented by Council members and Rooney visit www.cityofmustang.org/cmo/page/fy-2017-18-budget-documents-and-information.
Contributing Writer: Chris Eversole

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