By Dale Denwalt, staff writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid City Commission voted 5-2 today for implementation of a $173.47 million, city of Enid budget and an emergency clause to get it up and running by July 1.
Commissioners had to meet in special meeting because of an error during last week’s regular session, in which the separate emergency clause didn’t receive enough votes to pass.
In just three minutes, the commissioners approved the emergency and also OK’d closing the purchase of a property along south Grand near Garriott. The former dive shop will be converted to a green space as part of Enid Renaissance Project.
Ward 4 Commissioner Rodney Timm and Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser voted against the measure because of concern the city is overbudgeting revenue for the coming fiscal year.
“I actually hope that the other guys are right, that the revenue exceeds expenses,” Vanhooser said.
Last week, City Manager Eric Benson said he would resign at the end of the fiscal year if the city ended up spending more than it budgeted.
“I think it was real important what Eric said to me at the budget meeting, that he’d resign if he didn’t make this budget balanced by the end of the year. I’m going to hold him to that,” Vanhooser said.
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