Chamblee, GA, December 22, 2016 – The Post Reports – The City of Chamblee passed their fiscal year 2017 budget Tuesday, a budget that includes $21,675,877 in the General Fund Budget, using $657,593 from fund balance reserves to fund engineering for capital projects in the H.O.S.T Fund. The property tax estimates in this proposed budget are based on the 2016 millage rate of 6.4 mils. The property tax digest will be reviewed prior to the Council officially establishing the rate for 2017. Other revenue sources are being budgeted at or near 2016 actuals.
The city operates on a fiscal year, and the next budget will include expenditures and revenues from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.
Highlights of the 2017 General Fund budget include:
- A part-time Park Ranger position, responsible for patrol of city parks for the purpose of enhancing public safety;
- Replacement lighting at the Keswick Park softball fields, which will eliminate maintenance costs for 25 years;
- Newly staffed positions to include a business outreach coordinator in economic development to assist with business retention and expansion, an assistant city manager, and a community outreach specialist to build and promote relationships with Chamblee’s diverse communities;
- Funds to secure a contract grant writer who can focus on growing relationships and develop strategies for winning grants;
- Funds to hire a landscape company to manage the landscaping of our parks, allowing existing parks staff to focus on facilities, fields and playground areas;
- The purchase of a video camera and software to record Council meetings; and
- Twenty-four new police vehicles will be part of an assigned vehicle program, so officers can take home vehicles cutting down on maintenance and the replacement cycle.
The City of Chamblee also has 11 active Special Revenue Funds with a total approved budget of $10,749,080 in expenditures with anticipated revenue of $11,087,630, which is a $228,550 surplus. There are many capital projects funded from Special Revenue Funds, including:
- The construction of permanent bathroom facilities for Keswick Park budgeted in the Rental Motor Vehicle Tax Fund.
- Concept and construction drawings for the Peachtree Road Streetscape, Broad Street Streetscape, Rail Trail Segment 4 (Chamblee Tucker to Malone, including the MARTA detention pond) are budgeted in the Main Street Fund.
- $3.2 million dollars in road paving per the program established by the firm IMS is allocated in the H.O.S.T. Fund, as well as funds for the completion of the Johnson Ferry Streetscape and sidewalks.
- An additional $623,604 is budgeted in Host to complete the Chamblee Tucker Road Median and provide engineering necessary to the Rail Trail and Deacon Lane Connector. The money for these projects is being allocated from General Fund reserves
- Chamblee Dunwoody Road Streetscape and the existing Peachtree Road Streetscape (Railroad side/TE project) continue with funding in the Multiple Grants Fund.
The Enterprise Funds have a total proposed budget of $4,263,965 that presents no significant change to the operations of the three existing Enterprise Funds – Solid Waste, Storm Water, and Criminal History.
To review the fiscal year 2017 budget in its entirety, click here.
A paper copy is also available for review City Hall, 5468 Peachtree Rd.