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County budget does not project millage increase

Pike County commissioners discussed the 2012-13 fiscal year budget at a May 9 public meeting. The proposed budget is $8.5 million, not including a possible savings of $90,000 that may be accomplished by changing insurance carriers to be discussed at a May 16 special called meeting. County Clerk Teresa Watson read a statement at the beginning of the meeting which stressed accountability and fiscal responsibility to Pike taxpayers, noting the fiscal year 2009-10 budget was $9,642,598 ‘“ showing significant budget cuts in the past several years. The budget does not propose a millage rate increase for taxpayers. ”We have requested and received full cooperation from all department heads and from all constitutional officers in the development of this budget which has been a several month process to date,” Watson said. Last year’s original proposed budget was $8,583,115. It was later reduced by 3.5% for an amended budget total of $8,412,089. It was noted commissioners could choose to give an across-the-board 3% salary increase to employees for $91,803 which is about the same amount as the $90,000 that will be saved if commissioners switch insurance carriers. The proposed budget will be presented for a first reading Wednesday, May 23 at 1 p.m. with the second reading set for Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. Final adoption of the budget is set for Wednesday, June 13 at 5 p.m. with a special called meeting to set the tax levy scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 at 5:30 p.m. so the county’s tax commissioner can deliver the budget to the Georgia Department of Revenue by the August 1 deadline.

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