Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma County Commissioners Dissolve Budget Management Office

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma County Commissioners Dissolve Budget Management Office

Article excerpt

Oklahoma County commissioners this week dissolved the last remnant of a two-year experiment in county government without a budget board.

The dissolution of the Office of Budget Management passed Wednesday on a 3-0 vote. Commissioner Brent Rinehart just two years earlier had voted with then-Commissioner Stan Inman against Jim Roth to disband the 25-year-old board and establish a budget management office in order to assume more oversight of the $60 million budgeting process.

"It should save us about $100,000 in salary and benefits. The return of the budget board itself saves us about $150,000 in interest we don't have to expend," said District 3 representative Ray Vaughn, who was chosen in last year's general election to take Inman's seat. "I think this is a very positive reform. - I'm optimistic."

The board itself also has been re-established, effective June 30, comprised of the county's eight elected officials: the three commissioners, plus the treasurer, assessor, sheriff, clerk and court clerk.

The current commissioners have also taken a step to assuage some of the concerns behind the change two years ago: They have established a budget evaluation team comprised of the budget board's chief deputies. …

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