The City Council will meet in special session today to begin its first public review of next year's budget, and to continue discussions on proposals for a 2015 Capital Improvements Program.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. in the auditorium of Lawton City Hall, Southwest 9th and C.
Today's special session will allow the council to address funding issues that will affect city operations, specifically the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and a proposal for a CIP program that is intended to address public safety, educational needs, recreation and library issues, and infrastructure.
Discussion on the CIP has occurred at three council meetings, most recently Tuesday's regular meeting. The most recent proposal proposes that the city extend two expiring sales taxes, creating a new seven-eighths percent tax that would begin Jan. 1 and that is expected to generate $100.9 million over 11 years.
Tuesday, council members didn't agree on the composition of the project list which has changed several times in recent weeks and Mayor Fred Fitch said he would set the issue for further discussion today. There also has been debate on 11-year length and the fact that council supporters want voters to consider the proposal Aug. 26 (the same day that state and federal runoff elections are set).