Coweta budget hearing scheduled for Sept. 15

Thu, 09/10/2009 - 3:31pm
By: Ben Nelms

It is a sign of the economic times. Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the budget Sept. 15 that is set to decrease by more than $1 million over last year. Budget adoption is scheduled for Sept. 24.

The 2010 general fund budget reflects a decrease of approximately $1.088 million over the 2009 budget that totaled $60.5 million.

Larger revenue categories include $30.5 million in property taxes, $18.4 million in sales and use tax, $4.545 million in fines and forfeitures, $2.4 million in licenses and permits and $1.7 million in reimbursements.

On the expenditure side, the sheriff’s office is budget for $10.5 million along with road construction at $4.9 million, the Road Dept. at $3.57 million, the jail at $4.8 million and the correctional institute at $2.7 million.

Coweta County commissioners last held the line on the millage rate, maintaining the 7.66 mill rate for the incorporated areas and lowering the unincorporated rate to 6.93 mills from last year’s 6.98 mills. The recession-fueled local economy saw only minor digest growth in the incorporated areas and a decrease in growth in the unincorporated areas.

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