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Johns Creek considers $57.6 million budget
by Nicole Dow
September 04, 2013 02:16 PM | 2211 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker and the City Council will consider approving the city’s proposed $57.6 million for fiscal year 2014 on Monday.

The fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

“When we prepare the budget, we look at the economic conditions [and] the actual revenue collections and try to present a fairly conservative budget,” said Monte Vavra, city finance director.

As expected, the largest chunk of the city’s general fund expenditures — 42.4 percent — will go towards public safety services.

“We are anticipating replacement of nine patrol vehicles in the police department for $396,000,” Vavra said.

The police department is also expected to refurbish one patrol vehicle and replace two police motorcycles and two administrative police vehicles. Sixty thousand dollars of the fire department’s $10.1 million budget will be spent to refresh firefighters’ turn-out gear.

Mayor Mike Bodker requested adding $69,000 in funding so council meetings and other public meetings can be recorded and broadcast online. During a discussion at last week’s work session, Councilman Brad Raffensperger said he wondered if nearly $70,000 could be better spent elsewhere and Councilman Randall Johnson said the system would be nice to have but is not a need.

With it being an election year, $200,000 is budgeted for costs of the November municipal elections and a possible run-off in December. The Post 3 council position, currently held by Karen Richardson, is the only race with the potential to go to a run-off election with three candidates contesting.

The proposed budget includes a $7.3 million capital project fund. The top-dollar projects on the list include $1 million for Jones Bridge Road improvements from State Bridge to Kimball Bridge roads, $975,000 for intersection improvement at Bell and Boles roads and $1.4 million for the design to widen Kimball Bridge Road from Jones Bridge to State Bridge roads.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is slated to reimburse the city for the two latter projects. GDOT is also expected to cover just more than half of the $1 million Jones Bridge Road project.

Park projects budgeted into the capital project fund include $400,000 for a new pavilion at Newtown Park and $75,000 for grassing and irrigation at Shakerag Park.

Johns Creek is sticking with its 4.614 property tax rate, which has remained unchanged since the city’s incorporation. Real and personal property tax collection is estimated at $16.9 million for the upcoming year, making up the biggest chunk of city’s general fund revenue. The city’s finance department estimates the local option sales tax will make up the second largest source of general fund revenue at $15.9 million.

What’s next?:
Johns Creek will hold its final public hearing for the proposed 2014 budget Monday at the 7 p.m. City Council meeting at 12000 Findley Road.

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