The city of Bowdon held its first public hearing on its proposed $3.7 million fiscal year 2019 budget Monday evening with no public comment made.
The water and sewer fund has an operating and maintenance budget of $1.3 million and the general fund has a budget of $1.9 million.
Public safety accounts for $637,938 — 33 percent — of the general fund budget followed by $345,313 allocated for the parks and recreation fund and $292,000 for garbage collection.
For the fourth straight year, public safety is seeing a decrease in funding. In 2015-2016 the department received $721,695; in 2016-2017 it received $705,907; and the police department received $682,156 in the 2017-2018 budget.
City council is receiving $26,740 and the City Hall is receiving $118,100.
According to Interim City Manager Gary Bullock, the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year has increased 0.2 percent and he said the budget is “flat” for the upcoming year.
The Main Street Program has a budget of $61,046, on par with last year’s $61,050 for the program. Copeland Hall is seeing a decrease in revenue for the third straight year, down to $68,930 from last year’s $73,719.
General property tax revenue amounts to $596,750 and other taxes are equivalent to $670,580.
Water revenue is $820,000 and sewer revenue is $660,000 with $236,900 in miscellaneous revenue. The total revenues in the water and sewer fund are estimated to be $1,716,900.
The budget will be considered for adoption during a special called meeting of the Bowdon City Council on June 25 at 7 p.m.
The proposed 2018-2019 general fund for Bowdon includes:
• $144,840 for general administration
• $637,938 for public safety, a decrease from last year’s $682,156
• $292,000 for garbage collection, an increase from last year’s $280,000
• $345,313 for recreation, an increase from last year’s $331,500
• $30,300 for the senior center
• $68,930 for Copeland Hall, a decrease from last year’s $73,719
• $142,787 for the library, an increase from last year’s $136,770
• $25,275 for code enforcement, a decrease from last year’s $33,140
• $61,046 for the Main Street program