- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

YUKON, Okla. (AP) - An Oklahoma City suburb facing a budget shortfall and accusations of financial mismanagement will cut another 10 or 15 workers by the end of the month, a city official said.

Jim Crosby, the new city manager in New Yukon, said in addition to those cuts from the city’s staff of 246 employees, the city will trim department budgets and operating costs as it seeks to get its finances in order.

“We are looking at every department,” Crosby said.

Mayor John Alberts said he doesn’t expect residents to notice a difference in city services.

City officials said last month that $1.3 million had been inappropriately transferred out of a bond fund to pay for general expenses, leaving Yukon with a funding shortage for the rest of the fiscal year, The Oklahoman reported (https://bit.ly/1qrJRoo ). They said several purchases of more than $25,000 were made without the necessary approval of the city council.

“We are in a tough time,” Crosby said. “I’ve got to have a budget done in another 10 days to present to department heads and eventually present to the public.”

Alberts said that by working with Crosby to finalize an audit being done by Crawford and Associates, “we will put Yukon on the road to recovery.”

Crosby, who has been on the job less than a month, said about 20 full-time and part-time positions in the parks department were cut in February. The city council last week voted to sell land initially planned for a new city hall.

A special audit of the city’s finances is expected to be finished next week, Crosby said. The city hasn’t accused anyone of illegal activities, but Crosby confirmed to the newspaper that a law enforcement agency had been contacted while declining to say which one.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com


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