Monday, April 30, 2012

Unified Government's FY 2013 Budget

So, City Hall is upping spending by $3668.87 per day. Year after year, I keep telling the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County (and the Clarke County School District, and the State of Georgia, and the Federal Government of the United States), that it does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem – and my words continue to fall on deaf ears.

Be that as it may, City Hall has just released its “mayor recommended budget” for FY 2013. The 342-page document tallies $107,532,470, an increase of $1,339,139 over the current FY 2012’s $106,193,331. See the recommended budget here.

The Commission has three budget review sessions slated for:

• Monday, 07 May

• Thursday, 10 May

• Tuesday, 15 May (IF NEEDED)

All three of these review sessions will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Governmental Building located at 120 Dougherty Street.

A public hearing on the FY13 budget is scheduled for Thursday, 17 May.

The Commission will adopt the FY13 Budget at its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, 05 June.

These last two meetings are both scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in the Commission Chamber in City Hall, located at 301 College Avenue.

And just as an aside, The Clarke County School District’s proposed $117,979,316 budget for FY 2013 comes in at a mere 59 pages – so much for clarity and specificity, huh? See the CCSD’s tentative budget here.

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