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Dunwoody officials mull proposed 2013 budget
by Bobby Tedder
btedder@neighbornewspapers.com
September 18, 2012 06:45 PM | 2471 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody officials are mulling the proposed 2013 fiscal year budget.

The plan, presented by Mayor Mike Davis and City Manager Warren Hutmacher, takes into account the local economy’s continued struggles and the city anticipated slow growth and recovery period.

As such, it reflects a fiscally cautious outlook framed around a concentrated effort to advance service offerings and initiatives, the pair said.

The 2013 budget for all appropriated funds totals about $25.5 million in revenues.

It does not necessitate an increase in the city’s millage rate and represents only a “modest” increase from the 2012 fiscal year budget, Hutmacher said.

“The three challenges for 2013 and beyond include infrastructure needs, which may exceed revenue capacity, meeting our public safety challenges and declining revenues from the economy and state and federal legislation,” the city manager said.

“Looking forward, we are extremely optimistic,” he added. “We are focused on the expansion and improvement of our park system, continued improvement of our infrastructure, improved public safety, attraction of business and job growth, implementation of the master plans and continued focus on fiscal conservancy.”

In the three and a half years since its incorporation, Dunwoody officials noted it has been operating at a positive balance.

“The city of Dunwoody was founded on and has continually operated on a platform of fiscal responsibility and conservativeness,” said Chris Pike, the city’s finance director. “We are aware of the current economic climate and the challenges it has created for residents and businesses.

“It is our mission to realize the vision of our citizens, to exceed their expectations, and to build a city they are proud of through the ongoing stewardship of city resources.”
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