Business and Economy
5:14 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

City of Tulsa Enacts Hiring Freeze

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Lower than expected tax revenues have prompted Tulsa leaders to enact a hiring freeze.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett says the freeze will be in place through at least June 30. The mayor announced the hiring freeze to city employees Monday.

Bartlett tells the Tulsa World general fund revenues are expected to fall short by about $2 million because of lower than anticipated sales tax receipts.

Bartlett says the drop in sales taxes isn't an indicator of economic troubles in Tulsa. He says Internet purchases and a recent 2 percent increase in the federal payroll tax likely contributed to the drop in city sales tax collections.

The city also has a $2 million rainy day fund in case of economic troubles.