The Douglasville City Council is expected to adopt a resolution Monday night during its 6 p.m. meeting giving final approval to a proposed FY 2018 general fund budget of roughly $27.4 million.
The new budget, if approved, will go into effect July 1 and will fund public safety with an additional four officers for the Douglasville Police Department and give a 3 percent merit increase to city employees. However, no cost of living adjustment (COLA) is reflected in the city's FY2018 budget.
The new budget reflects a software conversion city-wide, along with an inventory tagging system and includes an intergovernmental agreement with Douglas County for fire/EMS services and animal control.
During a presentation of the budget during the city's public hearing on June 5, Finance Director Karin Callan pointed out that the city's fund balance was not used to balance the budget.
The FY 2018 budget reflects a 1 percent increase in tax revenues for the city, as well as a 3 percent increase in licenses and permits, 5 percent in fines and forfeitures and a 92 percent increase in the city's investment income.
On the minus side, the city's charges for services has decreased by 7 percent and other financing sources have dropped by 25 percent. Overall, the general fund revenues have dropped by 2 percent.
The city's largest income base, representing 39 percent of revenue, is Maintenance and Operation (M&O) taxes paid by city property owners. This is followed closely by 31 percent in sales tax revenue for the city.
On the expenditure side, public safety gets the lion's share of expenditures, at just over $10 million or 37 percent. However, this amount reflects a 1 percent decrease from last year's budget. The general government expenditures of $9.5 million or 35 percent reflect an even greater decrease by 5 percent over the current 2017 budget. These two budgetary items make up the largest shares of the city's expenses.
Douglasville's proposed culture and recreation budget of just over $3 million was reduced by 1 percent below 2016-2017.
The city's judicial budget has seen a 2 percent jump for FY2018, and both public works and planning and community development has seen a 1 percent increase in the proposed budget. Debt service has grown by 4 percent over last year, according to the 2017-2018 budget details.
In other business, the Douglasville City Council is expected Monday night to:
• Adopt an ordinance to amend section 26-260 of the Businesses Ordinance to provide that there shall be no permit fee for yard sale permits.
• Authorize the Douglasville Police Department to apply for the 2017 Bullet Proof Vest Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance, in the amount of $12,812.50 for 1/2 the cost of 41 bullet proof vests.
• Appoint Sandy Gamble to the Restaurant 1 Post on the City of Douglasville's Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Advisory Board or a two-year term extending through December 31, 2018.
• Appoint Metchnikoff Shafer to the Hotel 2 Post on the City of Douglasville's Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Advisory Board or a two-year term extending through December 31, 2018.
• Adopt a resolution enacting a 90-day moratorium on accepting applications for rezoning of certain areas of the City near Thornton Road.
• Authorize the Mayor to sign a contract with TruGreen L.P., to provide turf maintenance services to City parks for an annual term.
• Authorize the Mayor to sign an agreement with Sungard Public Sector LLC to amend the City's Software License and Services Agreement and the Maintenance/Support Agreement with that firm dated June 30, 2008, to add the OneSolution Freedom Premium product.
• Hold a public hearing and consider a request for a special land use permit for a church or place of worship for property zoned CG (General Commercial District) being 1.75 acres at 5848 Bankhead Highway in Land Lot 824, District 18, Section 2, Parcel 1. Application by Turea Folks.
• Hold a public hearing and consider a request for a change in zoning from DCD [Design Concept Development District with a base zone of R-3 (Single-Family Detached Residential District)] to amend the concept plan to reduce the rear yard setback requirement on the north side of property a distance of 15 feet from the required 35 feet for a remaining rear setback requirement of 20 feet for a principal structure in a R-3 base zone for 1.22 acres in Land Lot 77, District 1, Section 5, Parcel 102. Application by Justin Stockman and Aaron McCullough.
• Hold a public hearing and consider a request for a variance to reduce the 50-foot required minimum setback for regulated activities from the bank of a regulated stream in the Anneewakee Creek watershed protection overlay district of zoning code subsection 3.22.04.c.(1)(e), for a variance of twenty-five feet on the northeastern side of the property, for a remaining required buffer of twenty-five feet, to allow construction of impervious surface not closer than twenty-five feet to the stream; to eliminate the twenty-five foot "additional stream buffer" requirement in zoning code subsection 3.85.02 for a variance of twenty-five feet, leaving no buffer area required by this subsection, to allow impervious cover at the same location; and to reduce the additional fifty-foot "undisturbed natural vegetative stream buffer" requirement of zoning code subsection 3.85.01, for a variance twenty-five feet, for a remaining buffer requirement of twenty-five feet, to allow development activity on the south side of the property for 1.22 acres in Land Lot 77, District 1, Section 5, Parcel 102. Application by Justin Stockman and Aaron McCullough.
• Authorize the Mayor to sign an agreement with C&C Construction Company, Inc. for construction of the Pro Shop Remodel project at West Pines Golf Club.
• Authorize Mayor to sign an agreement with Signet Golf Associates II, Inc. to construct the West Pines Golf Club Greens Resurfacing project.
• Authorize the Mayor to sign a lease agreement with Douglasville Tiger Cubs Football and Cheerleading Association, Inc.