SNELLVILLE – A Fiscal Year 2019 balanced budget of $13,426,874 was approved by council Monday.
Net Fiscal Year 2019 spending is projected to increase by 4.6 percent or $520,254, City Manager Butch Sanders said. Three non-discretionary reasons for the increase include $45,000 in new funding for maintaining aging facilities, $46,000 for the cost of living adjustment in the city’s sanitation contract and $30,000 in planning and development which can be accounted for through the Comprehensive Plan update, the Unified Development Ordinance project and inspection costs.
$696,000 in is budgeted for street resurfacing and $650,000 in stormwater projects helping to maintain important city infrastructure.
Salary increases for police and labor and maintenance crews will help to keep the city competitive with other local governments.
Positive local economic growth is exhibited in several strong city revenue items including: occupational tax, five years of positive growth; building permits, which have increased four-fold in Fiscal Year 2018; and recreation programs, which are up more than 25 percent in the last three years.