The city of Brookhaven proposed a $32.7 million budget for fiscal year 2016 at a Nov. 10 public hearing. The next—and final—hearing is slated for the City Council’s Nov. 17 meeting.

At $32.7 million, the proposed budget is 4 percent higher than the current budget, according to a presentation by city Finance Director Carl Stephens. He foresees a general fund boost of more than $1 million, up to roughly $20.7 million.

Most city departments see a budget boost, except for “general government,” slashed nearly 7 percent. That includes eliminating $125,000 currently devoted to mayor and City Council “allotments.”

Among items proposed by department heads but not funded, according to city spokeswoman Ann Marie Quill: $373,000 for three traffic officers; $52,000 for an events/marketing coordinator; and $204,000 for an after-school/day camp program.

Among new expenses: over $500,000 in repairs and maintenance by the Public Works Department; $50,000 in park improvements; and $18,000 for an internal audit.

The budget proposes funds for 3 percent raises for city employees, either for cost of living or merit-based. Among the new revenue sources: more than $450,000 expected from the new special tax district in the recently annexed Executive Park and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta area.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.