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 www.gainesville.org.
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.