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Dawsonville council approves $1.38 million budget
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The Dawsonville City Council voted 3-0 this week to approve a $1.38 million budget for fiscal year 2013.

The budget, which is up from last year’s $1.2 million spending plan, does not call for a city property tax.

Councilman Chris Gaines was not present for Monday’s vote.

Three significant changes to the budget include: $15,000 for the Downtown Development Authority, $25,000 for a website redesign, and an increase of more than $15,000 in personnel costs.

City Clerk Bonnie Warne explained that staff hours are being adjusted to compensate for personnel changes. Those changes include a part-time staffer moving to full-time, as well as employees logging extra hours as a result of the City Council holding more meetings.

The council recently began holding work sessions once a month in addition to its monthly meetings. The funding for the Downtown Development Authority, the first in at least seven years from the city, will be used to assess the future of the historic downtown area.

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