As City Manager of Hominy, it has been apparent that the current financial status of our municipality has been challenged deeply due to decline tax revenues, additional commitments to Prue and Wynona outside our municipality, and a strained mutual support agreement with Cleveland Oklahoma. Our City Treasurer has reported in the short four months I have been at the helm as City Manager we have depleted other city entities finances on an average of $14,000 to $16,000 per month. I requested a one-time only assistance for a five-month period. This relief will allow for continued support of all our surrounding current commitments while our coffers begin to restore.
That restoration can carry those commitments further into 2017 while a newly assigned committee will analyze a financial solution for the county, overall, as determined by county leadership.
Actual transfers to HCMTA for shortfalls for Nov. 2016 were $16,200. This money comes from other Hominy city entities non-EMS. The county commissioners agreed to support the monthly request with the caveat that if our collection efforts prove successful the monthly amount be adjusted.
In short, we requested consideration from the County Commissioners in February 2017, a onetime appropriation of $65,000 (five months, $13,000 per month) with the confidence that the scope of this request is narrow and specific, and that there is a plan to continue past this crisis. They agreed with the above-mentioned caveat.
Some special thanks for EMS Director April Thompson and City Treasurer Larry Eulert for the detailed work they provided to the team to make this happen.
I also want to thank our County Commissioners: Darren McKinney, Jerry Howerton, Kevin Paslay, and their support liaison Kandy Jump for their help working through this.
Gary Lanham, City Manager