Supplemental funding sought by OETA, courts, others
OETA, district courts and other agencies need money to get through fiscal year.
Six state agencies have submitted requests for supplemental funding totaling more than $32 million to help get through the current fiscal year that ends June 30.
The total would have been larger, but a request for $7.5 million to renovate Oklahoma's 90-year-old governor's mansion was withdrawn after Kevin Stitt was elected governor.
Built in 1928, the governor's mansion is showing its age with problems like rotting window sills, creaking floorboards and water infiltration issues. It is also in need of major updates to electrical, mechanical, plumbing and life safety infrastructure, officials said.
Donelle Harder, spokeswoman for Stitt, said the new governor was not involved in the previous funding request or bid and “has requested a new bid for the mansion to ensure we are being responsible with taxpayers' money.”
A new assessment of the property currently is being done to determine what improvements are needed, both short and long term, said Shelley Zumwalt, spokeswoman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. That's going to take time, so the supplemental request was dropped, she said.
By far the largest remaining supplemental funding requests come from two agencies, the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) and Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
OMES is asking the Oklahoma Legislature to tap the state's reserve funds for $16.041 million to increase funding for the agency's information services division. The need for increased cybersecurity to prevent data breaches is one of the major reasons the agency cited for its request.
OMES also cited increased usage of the agency's informational technology services by various state agencies, insufficient rates charged for its services and a decrease in revenue available in the Joint Computer Enhancement Fund.
Meanwhile, the Department of Career and Technology Education is requesting $11.8