Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

$300,000 COTPA Cut Agreeable to Council

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

$300,000 COTPA Cut Agreeable to Council

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Financial woes of Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority would see a $300,000 boost by a plan to reorganize its administration that was given tentative approval Tuesday by the Oklahoma City Council.

It will hardly make a dent in the $3.1 million deficit of the authority. But, the savings in salaries by eliminating 10 administrative personnel could help increase in-service hours from 123,480 this year to 142,248 next year, said Terry Patillo, executive director of the authority.

It would not alter the bottom line of COTPA's financial statement, which includes a $1.3 million subsidy from city coffers, unless the city council rejects the proposal to return the savings to the system. COTPA's total budget submitted for 1989-90 is $12.3 million.

Under the plan, which must be approved by the COTPA board of trustees before council action, the city would assume administrative duties of the authority and a private firm would be contracted for operations. City council expressed a concensus of the plan, with several COTPA trustees in attendance. The COTPA board is to consider the matter at its next meeting.

Patillo, who will remain as chief administrator of the authority, stressed that no employees are intended to be totally displaced by the reorganization plan. He said some of those personnel will become city employees in existing vacancies, and some are hoped to be picked up by the private operator of the system.

"Why haven't you recommended this before," queried councilman I.G. Purser.

At various times in the past, the city has performed the administrative duties of the authority, Patillo said, adding that efforts to transform the system to privatization were fruitless. …

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