Sandy Springs taxpayers will get a chance to publicly address how the city spends its money when the first public hearing on the proposed 2015 budget is held June 3.

The city’s $90 million general fund expenditure budget for 2015 includes $13.75 million for City Center Phase I implementation, $8.7 million for transportation improvements and no property tax increase.

Transportation improvements on tap include $750,000 for the city’s sidewalk program, $500,000 for Abernathy and Johnson Ferry roads and $2.4 million for the Heards Ferry Elementary intersection.

Under the proposed budget, which the Sandy Springs City Council will consider approving on following a final public hearing June 17, the tax millage will hold steady at 4.731 mills. Projected revenue for 2015 is $83 million, up from $80 million in 2014. Projected general fund expenditures for 2015 are $90.1 million, up .93 percent from $89.3 million in 2014. To balance the budget, a general fund balance from 2014 of $7 million will carry over into the 2015 budget.

Proposed 2015 budget: Where $90 million will go

Public Services
$44 million
Parks, permitting, capital projects. The city’s biggest expenditure this year is $25.5 million for “other.” Most of that money will be spent on capital projects, with $13.75 million for the City Center at the top of the list.
Courts and Public Safety
$34.3 million
Police, fire, EMS and courts. This year’s budget includes $626,840 and $115,000 for new police and fire vehicles, respectively.
City Operations
$7.5 million
Departments and services that keep the city’s day-to-day operations moving along.
Government
$4.3 million
Budgets for the offices of the city’s top officials. The City Clerk’s budget was significantly larger last year because of the municipal elections.

Ann Marie Quill

Ann Marie Quill is Associate Editor at Reporter Newspapers.