No takers at Stockbridge budget public hearing

STOCKBRIDGE — The Stockbridge City Council took a second look at its proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget at its work session Tuesday.

The council also gave members of the public an opportunity to voice their opinions on the budget. However, no one spoke up at the Tuesday work session.

In fact, no one from the Stockbridge City Council spoke up to offer opinions or thoughts regarding the budget.

Much of the presentation at Tuesday’s work session was similar to the first hearing on Nov. 12.

No action was taken on the budget at Monday’s City Council meeting, and no action is expected until the City Council’s Dec. 10 meeting.

The proposed $10.819 million general fund budget is an increase from the 2018 budget of $10.172 million.

Included in the 2019 budget is a 5 percent cost of living adjustment for city employees, totaling around $146,500, a $150,000 contingency fund, and four new positions: a fire marshal, a building and permit coordinator, a purchasing supervisor and an inventory clerk.

The budget is supported by revenues taken in from local option sales taxes and insurance premium taxes, as well as permitting and franchise fees. The city of Stockbridge does not levy a property tax.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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