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McDonough adopts $11.2 million budget
by Mary Cosgrove
mcosgrove@neighbornewspapers.com
July 02, 2012 02:44 PM | 652 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite the city of McDonough facing a 13 percent decrease in its tax digest for the 2013 fiscal year, the city is maintaining its level of services without any severe cutbacks.

“Under the newly adopted budget, there will be no reduction in city services, no layoffs and no furlough of staff,” McDonough City Manager Frederick Gardiner said.

In fact, the city has added three positions this year, Gardiner said — a geographic information system analyst, a budget analyst and a business development director.

City council adopted the budget on June 18, which will take effect July 1.

The general fund budget stands at $11.2 million, which is a $166,917 decrease from the previous year’s general fund budget of $11.4 million.

The tax digest decrease in dollars is $350,000.

Revenue for the city comes primarily by way of tax dollars, accounting for 77 percent of dollars coming into the city coffers for a total of $8.6 million. The rest come from licenses and permits, general government, rents and royalties, interest revenue and fines and forfeitures, among others.

The city has a millage rate of 4.39, which has held steady since 2011 and will remain the same in 2013, Gardiner said.

The last increase was in 2010 from 3.45 mills to the current 4.39.

A breakdown of the budget shows that 54 percent of the general fund is devoted to public safety and courts, 20 percent funds general government, 15 percent goes toward highways, streets and parks, 10 percent for community and economic development and 1 percent for city promotions.
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