Public safety is always the largest expense in the city’s budget and this year was no exception.

The recently passed Fiscal Year 2013 budget, which begins on July 1, provides $31.5 million for police and fire, up slightly from the $31.1 million budgeted in Fiscal Year 2012.

According to city documents, the police and fire departments came in under budget, projecting Fiscal 2012’s actual expenses at $29.6 million.

The Fiscal 2013 budget includes:

  • $2 million for a public safety radio system
  • $900,000 for ChatComm, a joint 911 center partnership with Johns Creek and Dunwoody
  • $450,000 subsidy for EMS
  • $703,500 for police fleet replacement
  • Replacing 20 vehicles in the police department
  • Replacing two vehicles in the fire department
  • Upgrading 35 sets of firefighter gear
  • EMT class for 15 full-time employees