Dunwoody’s preliminary budget for 2017 totals nearly $23.9 million, a slight decrease from last year’s budget of $24.5 million.
The preliminary budget, to be voted on next month, was sent out by Mayor Denis Shortal and City Manager Eric Linton to the council on Sept. 1.
Included in the preliminary budget is some $3.6 million dedicated toward paving for 20 miles of city streets, and also funding $274,000 for the hiring of two police officers and two police service representatives.
Another $1.5 million is being set aside for the Dunwoody Trailway to connect Georgetown to the Perimeter Center.
At the Sept. 12 City Council meeting, the council voted 6-1 to approve amending the 2016 budget to spend an additional $600,000, taken from the non-allocated Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) funds, to pave roads. Mayor Denis Shortal had wanted to amend the 2016 budget for only $300,000 in supplemental paving for this year, and cast the “no” vote against spending $600,000.
Councilmember John Heneghan made the motion to spend the $600,000 because, for one, he thought the deals locked in now with the contracted paver would likely not be as high if rebid next year.
“Now everyone is on the bandwagon,” Shortal said.
“Is it you don’t want to accelerate paving?” Councilmember Lynn Deutsch asked Shortal.
“I don’t know if we will get a better deal next year. And there may be a better paver out there,” Shortal answered.
Planned spending in the proposed budget also includes:
- $1.25 million for Mount Vernon Road at Vermack Road intersection.
- $50,000 for Chamblee-Dunwoody Road improvements.
- $100,000 for traffic calming on North Peachtree Road.
- $200,000 for right-of-way acquisition for the Cotillion Drive multi-use path.