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November 24, 2013

Council to regard first draft of 2014 budget

DUNCAN — Duncan City Council members will receive the first draft of the 2014 City of Duncan budget during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

This draft will only be reviewed by the council members. A discussion and in depth review of the budget will take place during a special budget workshop, which will take place during the first week of December.

According to a memo from City Manager Jim Frieda, “Pursuant to state law, a least 30 days prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, a budget must be prepared and submitted to the governing body.”

Because of the need to have the budget prepared by Dec. 1, the first draft of the budget will be submitted to the Duncan City Council with the goal of having the council members acknowledge the submission of the first draft.

The Duncan City Council will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Duncan Council Chambers.

Other items:

• The council will also discuss possibly rescinding a contract between the City of Duncan and the Department of Corrections. This contract, dated Sept. 24, would be replaced with a contract between the City of Duncan and the City of Waurika.

According to a memo by Frieda, “The Department of Corrections currently provides the City of Duncan with inmate labor to help maintain city parks and other properties. This service provided by the Department of Corrections is of great value to the city. Each individual provided by the DOC saves the city approximately $35,098.07 annually.

“DOC will increase laborers to approximately 26 individuals per day, which will amount to an annual savings for the city of Duncan of $782,598. Accordingly, it is important to ensure the DOC is able to maintain the facility housing these individuals so that this beneficial program can continue.

“The DOC inmates are partially housed in a facility owned by the City of Waurika. The roof repair will ensure the DOC will be able to continue to house and thus continue to provide inmate labor services to the City of Duncan.”

If approved, the Duncan City Council will provide $35,000 for roof repairs in exchange for the inmate labor services the DOC provides.

• The council may approve a resolution regarding the election of council Ward I and Ward II positions. The resolution will establish a filing period for the two seats.

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