At the June 4th Doraville city council work session, ahead of month-long deliberations on the city’s 2019 operating budget, the city manager gave an overview of where Doraville stands today with its budget and what she and other members of staff recommend we do going forward.
Some key points:
- The city gets the bulk of its revenue from property tax collection. The value of the tax digest has gone up, so the taxes the city estimates it will get in 2019 have also gone up.
- Taxes for the city are calculated in “Mills” of assessed value – one thousandth the taxable value of property. A Mill in Doraville is still worth much less than in neighboring cities – a function of having more residential than commercial properties.
- Healthcare costs will be going up $310,000 for the city in Fiscal Year 2019
- There are some other obligations the city has that are going to be due in 2019
- Because of this, she does not recommend rolling back the current property tax rate, even though expected revenue is up.
In addition, there are a number initiatives that the city might want to embark on that are not currently funded (and that there is no funding for) with the current tax levels. These include several building improvements, IT upgrades, and staff hires. The city would need to raise 10.451 mills in order to achieve everything that was presented to the council on Monday night, it would require a tax rate of 10.451 mills (this would be an increase of $90 a year for someone who’s home is worth $175,000). The city’s millage rate is capped at 10 mills, so in the next presentation they give to us, they will show the cost of each initiative in an a la carte fashion. We’ll need to decide whether we want to raise taxes even to 10 mills.
There are several meetings that will be happening in June where the budget is going to be discussed.
- June 11th at 11:30am: Millage rate Public Hearing #1 (No Council Action to be taken)
- June 11th at 6:00pm: Millage rate public hearing #2; Budget Public Hearing #1. First read of ordinances to adopt the millage rate, budget, and other associated ordinances
- June 18th at 6:00pm: Millage rate public hearing #3; Budget Public Hearing #2
- June 18th at 6:30pm: Regular Meeting: Adoption of ordinances for millage rate, budget, and other associated ordinances
- June 28th at 6:00pm: Possible meeting date if adoption of ordinances does not occur on June 18th.
The millage rate and budget must be adopted by June 30th, 2018. I would like to hear more from you about what you think of this presentation – where you would like to see the city spending more money, and where you would like to see it spending less money. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 678-373-9137.