Ardmore city officials meet with department heads for work session

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ARDMORE, OK - Improving community literacy, collecting overdue water bills and streamlining evaluations for city employees. These are just a few of the ideas city officials heard from their twelve departments as they get ready to plan how to spend your taxpayer dollars.

"I think you could describe this work session as a five year plan meeting, but it also would reach farther into the future," said Mayor Sheryl Ellis.

Ellis said the annual work session gives the city one-on-one time with department heads including police, fire, utilities and libraries. .It also helps city officials plan Ardmore's $67 million budget.

"Before we can budget we really need to hear from executive staff, what they have on their drawing boards, what they hope to accomplish," said Ellis.

Kevin Boatright--interim human resources director for the city-- said this meeting will help make sure the citizens of Ardmore are better served.

"There are a lot of services and needs that all the citizens expect from the city," said Boatright. "And the way to meet those needs and make sure you allocate funds appropriately is to talk about them and to make plans."

And Ellis agrees.

"If I was a citizen of a community I'd be more comforted to know that someone was leading the city and there was a plan," Ellis said.

Boatright said all the departments are working on creating their own budgets right now, and those budgets will be discussed in more individual meetings with the city.

They'll decide what will take priority for the next fiscal year, which will begin July 1st.