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Flowery Branch City Council approves budget

POSTED: June 27, 2014 12:37 a.m.

The Flowery Branch City Council approved a 2015 fiscal year budget, with one more meeting to go before a tax millage rate is set.

Council members approved a general fund budget of $3.4 million at Thursday’s meeting, and an overall budget of $7.8 million. Joe Anglin voted against the proposal.

“I feel like I have made myself quite clear that there are things in this budget that I don’t think should be a part of it,” Anglin said prior to the vote.

“And I’m voting on a budget right now that has these things included in it.”

Also approved Thursday was the first reading of the proposed millage rate of 3.337 mills — up from the 2.837 it has been at for the past nine years. Anglin voted against that, as well.

The millage rate is not set; the second reading and vote is planned for the July 17 meeting of the council, according to City Attorney Ron Bennett.

Seven residents spoke at the public hearing prior to the vote, all against the proposed property tax increase resulting from the higher millage. Many also took aim at several line items in the budget, including retirement expenditures for council members.

The approved budget does take out the $1,604 line item for those retirement contributions. The funds instead will go in the city’s contingency fund.

Flowery Branch’s fiscal year begins July 1.


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