TULSA - Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett presented his proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year to the City Council during the Tuesday morning special meeting of the council.
The new budget projects only a three percent increase in sales tax revenues, meaning the city has what amounts to a flat budget going into the next fiscal year.
The budget does avoid any cuts to public safety including police and fire personnel, but doesn't provide for any additional positions.
A hiring freeze will continue and no raises will be available for city workers.
Each non-sworn department was ordered to reduce its budget by 3 percent.
Along with flagging sales tax revenues, the city will have to deal with some $3.1 million in federal grants for police and fire that are expiring.
One possible source of revenue: The mayor will ask for an increase in water and sewer rates.
The total general fund requested would be $267.1 million, a two percent reduction from FY 2013.