Special session needed for council to resolve budget funding measures
City Council members will be meeting in special session next week to try to reach agreement on two funding mechanisms that are calculated to provide $1.2 million for next year's budget.
Tuesday's council meeting included a resolution before the Lawton Water Authority (a function of the City Council) asking authority members to amend the schedule of fees set in Lawton City Code for water, sewer and refuse by increasing those fees as part of the proposals accepted for the 2018-2019 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Although the council split over the issue when the budget was decided last month, the majority agreed with proposals that would increase water, sewer and refuse rates by 2.7 percent beginning July 1, an increase that reflects the increase in the consumer price index over the last 12 months and one that would add an estimated $866,612 in revenue. In addition, the city would add $1 more to refuse fees to create $336,000 more in revenue, part of the proposals made to allow residents to keep twice-a-week trash collection.
Tuesday's action was designed to be formal acceptance of those utility rate increases, setting them into place via a resolution.