Posted: Thursday, June 26th 2014 at 7:53pm
Flowery Branch City Council approves 2015 budget
By Brian Stewart Staff
FLOWERY BRANCH - In a 4-1 vote, the Flowery Branch City Council approved a budget for fiscal year 2015 Thursday night.
The lone opposing vote to the $7,785,429 budget was that of Joe Anglin, who said he disagrees with too many items on the budget to give it his approval.
Ed Lezaj, a former councilman, spoke during the citizen comment portion.
"[The budget] doesn't make sense to me as an accountant," said Lezaj. "I'm asking [the council] to review what's in front of them."
The new budget includes an increase in the millage rate from 2.837 to 3.337, a rate that hasn't changed since 2006.
Another citizen said he was happy to see more people at the meeting, but thinks if the budget was more readily available, there would be an even greater turnout.
"This budget should be on the [city's] website for people to review," said Wallace Stiving, who also took the podium during the public comment period.
"When the budget is put together, it should be done as if it's with your own money," Wallace added.
Wallace was the second of seven people to speak.
[Note: City Finance Manager Jeremy Perry told AccessNorthGa.com the budget proposal had been available on the Flowery Branch website since early June. See link to the site below.]
The budget needed to be approved by July 1 by law, since that's the start of the fiscal year.
The approval came with an amendment about a council and mayor pension plan. That plan totaled $2,139, according to City Manager Bill Andrew. The money in that plan will be moved to the contingency fund.
Also brought up at the meeting was the city's insurance plan, which will be up for renegotiation in December.
Link: City of Flowery Branch website
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