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I am pleased to present the 2020 Proposed Budget for your review and consideration. The proposed General Fund budget is balanced at $24,523,556. The primary sources of funding for General Fund revenues include property taxes, occupation taxes, electric franchise fees, insurance premium taxes and building permits. The property tax estimate in this proposed budget is based upon maintaining the millage rate of 6.25 mils while also increasing the Homestead Exemption to $50,000 – which will reduce taxes on owner occupied homes. The 2020 budget includes:
• The addition of one new full-time position in Finance at $75,000. The accounting associate position will provide support to the department for procurement and day to day operations.
• Funding of $80,000 for a fleet replacement analysis of public works equipment and vehicles. This analysis will include a cost benefit analysis of ownership versus leasing equipment and will assist in establishing a long-term strategic vehicle replacement program.
• Clearpoint Strategy Scorecard and Community Dashboard software as a project management and performance measurement solution. This software will allow staff to better manage objectives and action items through a digital platform that allows for automatic reporting, data collection and collaboration. The community dashboard allows data reporting for residents to view on the city’s website.
• The creation of a blight remediation program to allow for the demolition of vacant or abandoned structures in the city. The $50,000 budget for this program would be used to pursue action on nuisance properties in the city. A lien would be placed on any property under this program to recoup a portion of the funds.
• Funding for the addition of one police officer per shift (four total). The funding would put one additional officer on the road in each shift beginning in July.
• The design of a new City Hall in the current location of the police department building. This new City Hall will anchor the Town Center development.
The 12 active Special Revenue Funds have a total proposed budget of $14,379,221. Special Revenue Fund projects include:
• New park amenities and replacement of benches and trash cans at City Hall Park and Clairmont Park;
• The addition of musical instruments along the rail trail near the existing piano. An ensemble of four instruments (Imbarimba, Swirl, Yantzee and Drums) will deliver a variety of sound qualities and pitch ranges;
• Matching funds of $400,000 for the Dresden Park Stream Restoration project to improve the appearance of the park and improve water quality in the stream;
• Continuation of the Front Yard Tree Program with $10,000 to provide trees to homeowners;
• Funds to complete the remaining Malone Drive sidewalk. With the completion of this project and sidewalk installations from private development, Malone Drive will have a complete streetscape with sidewalks along both sides of the road;
• A $2 million paving project of city streets;
• Completion of the Peachtree Road Streetscape; \
• First year funding to construct the Rail Trail segments 4, 5 and 6 as well as Pierce Drive. This project will complete a loop of the rail trail from Malone Drive to Pierce Drive;
• Funds to plan and begin construction on intersection improvements at N. Peachtree and N. Shallowford Roads; and
• Funds to design the Broad Street Streetscape.
In addition to the General and Special Revenue Funds, the 2020 budget includes three Enterprise Funds. The Storm Water Fund ($3,000,549), Sanitation Fund ($1,617,600) and Criminal History Fund ($492,135) are balanced. The Storm Water Fund includes $600,000 for the completion of a systemwide assessment and creation of a long-term capital replacement plan.
Jon Walker, City Manager
City of Chamblee
Chamblee 2020 Budget