DUNWOODY, Ga. — Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal published his proposal for the city budget Aug. 30.
Throughout the next two months, there will be opportunities for the public to give feedback and the council to make changes. Final approval is scheduled for Oct. 28. In Dunwoody, the fiscal year is the same as the calendar year.
The proposed budget assumes a tax rate of 2.740 mills, unchanged since Dunwoody incorporated in 2008. With this rate and other revenue sources, the proposed budget anticipates $39.5 million in revenue.
The General Fund budget, which funds everyday operations, is $25.6 million, This is a 1.2 percent increase from 2019.
“Given the limited revenue growth of the city, we had to stay within our means,” Shortal said in a statement.
The Capital budget includes $3.7 million for repaving, $1.4 million for intersection improvements at Chamblee Dunwoody and Spalding Drive and $1 million for a sidewalk on Peeler Road from Equestrian Way to Brook Run Park.
In personnel, the proposed budget includes $109,000 for two additional sworn police officers, $142,000 for contracted operations positions in the Parks Department and $185,000 for pay increases for full-time employees.
“We ended 2018 with more than five months of reserves, so this balanced budget keeps us on the right path,” City Manager Eric Linton said.
The first Budget Committee meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9 at Dunwoody City Hall. The City Council’s first read of the budget will be Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Final approval is scheduled for Oct. 28.
There will be time for citizen input at both council meetings. A hard copy of the budget is available in the Finance Department in City Hall. Residents can also view the complete proposal on the city’s website.