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Hall officials unveil 2017 budget proposal, which includes employee raises, no property tax increase
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Highlights of Hall County’s proposed 2017 fiscal year budget

• $97 million spending plan

• No tax increase

• Raises and bonuses for some employees

• 11 new full-time positions

• Software and IT updates

Hall County budget hearing

What: Public hearing and final adoption of proposed 2017 fiscal year budget

When: 3 p.m. June 27

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

The public got its first look Monday at Hall County’s proposed 2017 fiscal year budget, which includes no property tax increases and earmarks money for employee raises.

The proposed $96.95 million general fund spending plan would use nearly $3 million in reserves to balance the budget.

The fund balance currently stands at about $23 million, a record high.

County officials will hold a final hearing and vote on the budget June 27.

The 2017 fiscal year begins July 1.

The proposed budget marks a 3.59 percent increase in expenses over the current year’s $93.6 million general fund budget.

Officials OK’d budgeting about $3.6 million in reserves to the current budget.

With a full roll back of the tax rate this year to account for reassessments on properties (by state law a roll back is required to avoid a tax increase), the bill on a $170,000 home comes to $388.69, according to county officials.  

Fifty-three percent of a taxpayers’ total bill in Hall goes to support public safety operations, which itself accounts for 43 percent of general fund spending.

Hall currently has the eighth-lowest property tax rate in the state and second-lowest among neighboring counties behind only Forsyth.

The proposed spending includes money for 11 new full-time positions, the purchase of an infield grooming machine for the parks department and information technology updates.

Special purpose local option sales tax revenues help cover many other capital expenses, as well as road projects.

Major departmental spending increases include funding for the elections staff to coordinate voting during this November’s presidential election and funding for increased security in probation services.

And added funding for several local agencies is proposed, including the Lake Lanier Olympic Park and Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Court-Appointed Special Advocate program; Georgia Mountains Community Services; and the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children.

Proposed Budget Presentation - June 20 2016 - Verson I