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Dunwoody council passes nearly $27.8M budget
by Nicole Dow
November 14, 2012 08:05 AM | 1704 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody taxpayers will see their money going to parks, paving projects and the police next year. Significant spending in those areas is detailed in the city’s nearly $27.8 million budget for 2013 adopted by city council last month.

The city has budgeted $1.5 million for the design and initial construction of Project Renaissance Parks, which will include a linear park and a 1.4-acre central park.

At the Oct. 29 council meeting, a bit of discussion ensued about funding for the relocation of the dog park at Brook Run Park. Councilman Terry Nall made a motion to remove the funding for the park’s relocation from the budget, but it did not pass through council vote.

Among infrastructure projects planned for 2013, the city has budgeted $1.75 million for street resurfacing and paving. A total of $200,000 is budgeted for sidewalk improvement on Roberts Drive, Peachford Drive and at Dunwoody Park.

The city initially proposed a budget of $700,000 for right-of-way acquisitions for two intersection improvement projects. However, city council voted to remove $400,000 for work at Womack and Vermack roads — a project which concerned several residents about safety and drew public dissatisfaction. The remaining $300,000 is included in the budget for improvements at Tilly Mill and North Peachtree roads.

Investment in the city’s police department will increase in 2013 with the addition of a four-person crime response team and a prisoner transport officer. The budgeted costs are $417,209 for the crime response team and $46,900 for the prisoner transport officer. The council voted to eliminate funding budgeted for a detective position to be assigned to a Drug Enforcement Agency team.

The approved 2013 budget left the city with an operating surplus of roughly $1.1 million.

Also at the meeting, city council approved the second read of an ordinance to amend the 2012 operating and capital budgets. The approved amendments totaled more than $12 million in receipts and more than $11 million in expenditures.

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