Johns Creek works on its 2013 budget

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek City Council reviewed the proposed budget for 2013 during its work session on Aug. 20.

City Finance Director Monte Vavra said this year’s fiscal obligations include competitive bid contracts for city services and public safety operations such as police and fire services.

Together, these requirements account for about 62.5 percent of the complete budget.

Other expenditures include economic development and neighborhood infrastructure programs, a focus on facilities such as an emergency operations center to be opened in City Hall and a uniformed volunteer police force.

One new expenditure will send funds to Shakerag Park for new programming and capital improvement for its fields.

“We’re doing all of this without increasing the budget,” said John Kachmar, city manager for Johns Creek. “We’re increasing services with the same amount of money and the same amount of staff directed to this.”

The total expenditures in the 2013 budget amount to $52.2 million.

The money to cover these costs will come from anticipated revenues produced through the city’s various funds.

The largest amount will come from the general fund, with anticipated revenues of $45.6 million.

The general fund includes $16 million from local option sales tax and another $15 million from property taxes.

“At the end of the day, the one thing that’s been consistent is we’ve never used more than we have,” Mayor Mike Bodker said. “I’m excited because I think [our projects] get all over the city.”

At the conclusion of the meeting, Bodker requested each council member discuss the proposed budget with his or her staff before the city council meeting on Aug. 27.

The final budget is scheduled to be adopted at the council meeting on Sept. 10.

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