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Roswell Approves First Reading of FY 2015 Budget

The proposed $110.3 million budget is based upon the city holding its millage rate at 5.455 mills.

Credit: Patch file
Credit: Patch file
The Roswell City Council on Monday approved the first reading of its proposed fiscal year 2015 budget during its meeting.

The $110.3 million budget is based upon the city holding its millage rate at 5.455 mills. If the rate remains unchanged, a homeowner whose home is valued around $258,000 would pay about $562.96 in property taxes. 

The proposed budget will add $2.9 million in one-time capital investments and $9.5 million to its current $70 million capital improvement program, which maintains and enhances the city's roads, sidewalks, facilities and key infrastructure. 

It also includes:
  • adding six new employees (three in the Community Development, one in our Human Resources and a special events manager;
  • Over $1 million is being added to employee salaries and benefits;
  • an additional $40,000 in support for Roswell Inc. (formerly Roswell Business Alliance), making the city's total support at $480,000. Roswell Inc. is the economic development arm for Roswell. 
  • $500,000 included to fund the phased replacement of all public safety portable radios. 
  • Over $1 million to advance key transportation projects, including the Historic Gateway and Sun Valley Extension projects; $500,000 is included to enhance sidewalk connectivity and pedestrian safety
The council on Monday also signed off on making the following changes to the proposed budget: a branding support position, transferring funding for a part-time administrative assistant for special events permitting from the Community Development Department to the Administration Department, adding a SAFEbuilt code enforcement officer, implementing system wide park improvements, one-time funding for the Oxbo Road retaining wall, funding for design for the proposed City Green Project and adding a municipal complex officer position to provide security at City Hall.

The entire budget can be viewed on the city's website. A millage rate public hearing will be held on June 16.

A second reading on both the budget and the rate will be held on June 23, and the council could adopt both the budget and the millage rate on that day. 

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