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Gainesville budget meeting set for Tuesday
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Public meetings scheduled

What: Hearings on Gainesville 2017 fiscal year budget

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and June 21

Where: Municipal courtroom in the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

2017 proposed budget highlights

• No proposed tax increase

• No proposed water/sewer rate increase

• $33.5 million general fund budget

• 3.8 percent increase in departmental spending

• New positions in information technology, stormwater management and community development

• More than $600,000 for raises and bonuses

• $14 million in capital improvement projects

The proposed budget is available online at

Gainesville City Council will meet Tuesday to consider approving a $33.5 million budget with no tax increases or water/sewer rate hikes.

The general fund proposal marks an 8.9 percent, or about $2.8 million, increase in spending for the 2017 fiscal year beginning July 1.

Officials have said new spending is a result of increased property tax revenues, which are up 4.4 percent, while the city has seen a 21.4 percent increase in permit and inspection fees resulting from new commercial and residential growth.

The additional revenue will be applied in several areas, including more than $600,000 for raises and one-time $1,000 bonuses to employees.

New positions are proposed in information technology, community development and stormwater inspection, with total departmental expenditures up 3.8 percent.

The fund balance has increased to $4.1 million from $2.3 million in the proposed budget and will be applied to capital projects, which has a $14 million tag, double the funding from the current year.

They include traffic improvements and road beautification projects, equipment purchases and IT upgrades, and start-up funding for a land bank to address local housing and blighted properties.

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