On Monday, Shawnee City Commissioners renewed or established several agreements with agencies like the YMCA, the Shawnee school district, the Pottawatomie County District Court, the city attorney, the City of McLoud and the Shawnee Police Department, among others.

On Monday, Shawnee City Commissioners renewed or established several agreements with agencies like the YMCA, the Shawnee school district, the Pottawatomie County District Court, the city attorney, the City of McLoud and the Shawnee Police Department, among others.

The board also gave the nod for the city's 2018-2019 Fiscal Year budget.

“The budget is very similar to the current fiscal year,” City Manager Justin Erickson said. “We're projecting relatively similar revenues.”

There is a new state law that comes into effect July 1, he said, related to third-party internet transactions, which hopefully will result in some new revenue for the city.

“We fell flat this year on sales tax this year, actually slightly down, based on our latest report,” he said. When it comes to capital improvements, Erickson said there's about $2.6 million allocated; over half that, however, is for debt service to pay off three previous loans that paid for renovations to Fire Station No. 2, a new fire truck, the 911 tower and the Splash park

“That doesn't leave a lot of new capital to go around,” he said, “which, of course, is why (the board) decided to ask for the new tax increase on June 26.”

If that passes, he said, the board will be revisited, looking at timing, projects and priorities, Erickson said.

“We look forward to that decision next week,” he said.

In terms of other major improvements that are identified in the budget, the next phase of the Kickapoo project is just waiting on ODOT, hopefully getting into construction next year.

The city budgeted for additions to sidewalk and trail improvements, keeping true to grant obligations to the Avedis Foundation, and also our ongoing streetscaping responsibilities, he said.

Regarding the Shawnee Municipal Authority, Erickson said, among other things, he is expecting a least an initial start to plant improvements.

“Hopefully we'll get engineering complete toward the end of this year,” he said. “And have that project out for bid; we worked with financial partners and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) to look at financing options.”

On Airport Authority budget is the taxi lane project, Erickson said.

To read the City of Shawnee budget for Fiscal Year 2018-2019, find it attached in the June 18, 2018, agenda online, at shawneeok.org.

For the fourth year in a row, City Commissioners chose to cancel the July 2 meeting, due to the Independence Day holiday.

The next scheduled meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, July 16, in the Bertha Ann Young City Commission Chambers at City Hall, at 16 W. 9th St.