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STOCKBRIDGE – The Stockbridge City Council took its second look at the proposed 2020 budget at its meeting Tuesday.

The budget anticipates “modest increases” for the city’s revenue streams, including franchise fees, licensing fees, rental incomes and the Local Option Sales Tax, or LOST. The city does not levy a property tax.

Because of those projected increases, the city has forecast an increase in the general fund budget of around $719,000. The proposed general fund budget in 2020 is $11,599,124.80, while the 2019 budget is $10,879,841.88.

The budget includes a yearly cost-of-living adjustment in pay, as well as several proposed positions, such as an administrative assistant for the Merle Manders Conference Center, a city planner, and a procurement clerk.

The administrative assistant, according to city documents, would reduce temporary staff utilized in the center by approximately $25,000.

The planner’s position, meanwhile, has come about as the city has taken over planning and zoning from Henry County, and will oversee a number of planning and zoning items, including “a large mixed-use development already approved,” likely the development in the Jodeco South area.

While the public had the opportunity to speak their opinions on the 2020 budget at Tuesday’s meeting, there were no takers.

Members of the Stockbridge public have one more opportunity to give their opinions on the budget at the city of Stockbridge’s next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 9 at Stockbridge City Hall.

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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