OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma prosecutors are asking for $11.5 million in state funding for critical needs.
Members of the District Attorneys Council voted on Thursday to submit a fiscal year 2018 budget request of just more than $46 million, including the critical needs, The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2cPaYIz ) reports.
Most of the council’s total critical needs request, nearly $8.8 million, is for new staff or to fill vacant posts. Slightly more than $1.2 million is for salary adjustments to assist with retaining staff.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater submitted the largest portion of the request for slightly more than $1.5 million. Prater said his office is down 10 prosecutors, but filed a record 9,100 felonies last year and is on track to file 10,500 this year. His appropriation is about $5 million.
Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler is seeking $474,914 for critical needs. His appropriation is about $4.3 million.
State Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger says the chances of agencies receiving more money are slim.
“Oil prices are still stagnating, so next year won’t look much better than this year unless the Legislature puts new, recurring revenue into the budget,” Doerflinger said.
Lawmakers had $1.3 billion less for the fiscal year 2017 budget due to depressed energy prices, tax cuts and an inability to reduce the tax credits and incentives previously given out to generate economic activity.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com